MBA Education, the award-winning education division of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), recognized 14 individuals who earned the Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB) designation at a ceremony held at MBA’s 101st Annual Convention & Expo in Las Vegas. Earning one’s CMB is the highest professional honor within the real estate finance industry.
The 14 CMBs who received their designations this past calendar year will join a group of more than 1,200 industry professionals who have proven their commitment to excellence within the mortgage banking industry.
“The knowledge that comes with the CMB accreditation is the most significant component of this honor because it positions one to navigate today’s ever-changing landscape,” said MBA Chairman Bill Cosgrove. “I applaud this year’s graduates and wish them luck in their continued career advancement.”
CMB candidates must acquire 150 points earned through a combination of professional experience, secondary education, continuing education through MBA-sponsored events and MBA Education courses, as well as participation in MBA at the local, state and/or national level. After accumulating the required points and passing a comprehensive written exam, candidates must demonstrate industry knowledge by passing an oral exam conducted by a panel of CMBs.
“I join MBA Chairman Bill Cosgrove in congratulating all of this year’s CMB graduates for achieving this noteworthy milestone,” said Jeff Schummer, MBA’s vice president of Education Development. “Because of this honor, each now has a new set of skills that will serve them well going forward.”
Candidates have the option of choosing among the Commercial CMB, Residential CMB or Master CMB designations. The Master CMB is a combination of both commercial and residential mortgage banking disciplines, while the Residential CMB and Commercial CMB focus on their respective subfields of the mortgage industry.
In June 2009, MBA launched the Executive Certified Mortgage Banker program. Designed for busy professionals, this program allows candidates to substitute their real-world knowledge and experience for many of the educational requirements of the CMB program.
In order to be eligible for the CMB designation, candidates must either work for an MBA member company or be a member of a recognized state MBA. Every candidate for an Executive CMB is required to have a minimum of 10 years of experience in real estate finance and hold a senior management position at an MBA member company.
MBA Education awarded the following industry professionals with the CMB designation from November 2013 to October 2014:
Residential CMB Designees
►Daniel H. Aminoff, CMB, AMP: Branch Manager, EverBank – Alexandria, Va.
►Michael Bekes, CMB, AMP: Vice President, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage – Milwaukee, Wis.
►Jonathan M. Grafflin, CMB, AMP: Key Account Executive, Chase – Irving, Texas
►Peter A. Hinrichs, CMB, CRU: Senior Director, AgStar Home Mortgage Services – Rochester, Minn.
►Bruce Meyers, CMB: Branch Manager, First Home Mortgage Corporation – Bethesda, Md.
►Joe Nunziata, CMB, CRO: Chairman, FBC Mortgage, LLC – Orlando, Fla.
►Joseph Panebianco, CMB, CFA: President and CEO, AnnieMac Home Mortgage – Mount Laurel, N.J.
►Todd Potter, CMB: National Correspondent Sales Manager, Envoy Mortgage – Brighton, Mich.
►David Rembert, CMB, AMP: Branch Manager, Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc. – Belton, Texas
►Matthew J. Whalen, CMB, AMP: Assistant Vice President, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage – Champaign, Ill.
►Andrew C. Wideman, CMB, AMP: Senior Vice President-National Sales, Title Source – Denver, Colo.
CMB Designees from the Executive Certified Mortgage Banker program
►Michael Kaysen, CMB: Chief Operations Officer, Home Point Capital – Ann Arbor, Mich.
►Eduardo Perez, CMB: President, Equity Loans, LLC – Atlanta, Ga.
►Souren Sarkar, CMB: Managing Partner, Advantium Mortgage Solutions – Fort Lauderdale, Fla.