President's Message

I hope this message finds you and your families well.  It is wonderful to see some aspects of life return to normal.  Given the challenges of holding in-person events due to COVID 19, our organization is facing challenges never seen before.  

We will be hosting the Annual Golf Outing on August 6th although it will be a smaller one due to Resore Illinois Phase 4 restrictions.  While we really look forward to seeing everyone, we want to be sure that we can gather safely.  We are in touch with our venue partners and continue to monitor the situation that the COVID 19 pandemic presents. 

Speaking of Best in Business Awards, the nomination process is now open and can be done online.  This has been a year unlike any other, as employees have been asked to work remotely and adapt to changing circumstances all during a record volume of business.  I invite you to join us by nominating your best and brightest employees and colleagues.  
Nomination Deadline:  September 15, 2020  Nominate online today.

Our committees continue to provide valuable and timely information that is so helpful.  The monthly calls with guest speakers are a benefit of membership that you may not have realized.

Our Annual Sponsor Partners are critical to our success and I am so grateful for their support
and commitment to the IMBA!   You can still join the program that Recognizes and Rewards your participation. 

Special thanks to the following companies:

Premier Sponsors: A & N Mortgage; Caliber Home Loans; Chase; Diamond Residential Mortgage; Essent Guaranty; Guaranteed Rate; Manatt; Wells Fargo Funding

Gold Sponsors: Blueleaf Lending, LLC; Midwest Community Bank; Neighborhood Loans; Radian Guaranty; Valuation Partners; Wintrust Mortgage

Silver Sponsor Partners: ACT Appraisal; Arch MI; Chicago Title Insurance; Fidelity National Title; First American Title Insurance; Genworth Mortgage Insurance; Inland Home Mortgage; Key Mortgage Services; MGIC; Old Republic Title Insurance; Prairie Title, U.S. Bank

Bronze Partners: CrossCheck Compliance; HKA Staffing Services; National MI; National Title Solutions; Platinum Home Mortgage

Undoubtedly, there’s a sense of uncertainty of what’s to come, when will we get back to the way we used to be.  One thing is true and remains the same.  All of our members, in some capacity, serve the American homeowner. We do so because we share a common belief that homeownership is a fundamental principal of our country and that it fuels many aspects of our lives.  Advocate for your customers, advocate for your company, advocate for yourself. The IMBA is here for you.  Let us know what’s important to you. Because we don’t exist if not for you.  Together we are stronger and our cohesiveness will see us through the set of challenges we face today.  For more than ninety-nine years, the Illinois Mortgage Bankers Association has stood as the State’s premier mortgage banking trade association.  We have an engaged, talented and committed Board of Directors and it’s such an honor to work with them and with our membership to further the mission of IMBA.  Stay healthy and safe and thanks for supporting the association.

Sergio Murer, CMB
2020 IMBA President
Regional Sales Executive, Correspondent Sales
Wells Fargo Funding