President's Message - June

July 06, 2021 8:00 AM | OMBA Admin (Administrator)





June 2021

As I pen my message to you, both my pen and the ink are melting in the 115-degree heat.   Some of us love Phoenix, AZ heat; some of us do not!

The long 2021 Oregon legislative session adjourned Sine Die on Saturday evening.  In the coming days we will provide a recap of the industry issues we followed on your behalf.  Thank you to Jolin Warren of Umpqua Bank and her legislative committee for their detailed analysis, robust debate, and frequent testimony to share our positions with our elected officials.  If you are interested in getting involved in this committee, please reach out to Jolin for details

Last week Sandra L Thompson was appointed as Acting Director of the CFPB.  Read MBA president and CEO Bob Broeksmit’s statement  here.

Please welcome our newest member Change Mortgage with three locations in the Portland Metropolitan area.

Thank you to all our renewing members.  Your support is appreciated and essential to the organization's work.  If you haven't had a chance to renew for 2021, please contact our membership chair Mikal Mele with Fairway Independent, who will be happy to assist you.   

On June 24 we held our first in person event at Avidity Winery in Newberg.  The laughter, networking, delicious food prepared by The Platter Girl and the wonderful wine seemed like a dream.  Check out the website for photos that capture the essence of the event.   Thank you to Cortney Hall of Essent Guarantee and her committee for their efforts to make this dream a reality.

Education and connection are essential benefits of your OMBA membership.  I hope you can join us for these much-anticipated events:

August 4th – annual golf tournament.  Registration opened on June 1, 2021. We have one remaining sponsorship opportunity: the famous drink cart.  Please contact Jason Spohn, for more information. 


As we enter the post-COVID world, some of these events may be in person.  Stay tuned for more details.

  • September 9th – Cyber Security presented by Krista Christensen
  • September 15th – our first Vancouver in person event featuring Tracy Doroit of the BIA
  • October 13th – our joint NAIOP and OMBA commercial event
  • November (TBD) – member Robert Sabido talks with us about the Do Not Call regulations


Thank you to our annual sponsors.  Your support enables robust advocacy, education, and connection for all our members.  If you'd like to learn about the annual sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to me directly.  I'd love to tell you more!



Susan Brown, CMB, AMP
Umpqua Bank
Senior Vice President, Construction Loan Production Director, nmls # 471817 President, Oregon Mortgage Bankers Association 503-799-3745

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Thank you to our Platinum Level Annual Sponsor:

Thank you to our Gold Level Annual sponsors:

Oregon Mortgage Bankers Association

9600 SW Oak St, Suite 565
Tigard, OR 97223

Phone: 503.956.1008


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