President's Message

Hello everyone.  Hope you are all well.  We hosted Our Best in Business Awards virtually on October 1, 2020.  While we missed meeting in person to recognize and celebrate the nominees and winners, it was a resounding success!  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.  Close to 200 nominations were received and 26 individuals won Best in the Biz awards!  Check out the winners and nominees.  The signature event is one of our most important meetings each year and a significant fundraiser.  Our 2020 Best in Biz sponsors made this all possible!  A huge thank you to the following members:

Platinum Sponsors:  Diamond Residential Mortgage; U.S. Bank; Wells Fargo and Wintrust Mortgage.

Gold Sponsors:  ACT Appraisal; Alterra Home Loans; AmeriHome Mortgage; Caliber Home Loans; CIBC Bank; Chicago Title Insurance; Essent Guaranty; Fidelity National Title; Inland Home Mortgage; JPMorgan Chase; MGIC; Mr. Cooper; National Title Solutions; Old Republic Title; Radian Guaranty; United Home Loans;  Valuation Partners.

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.  We have a timely and informative session coming up on November 5, 2020. 
Heading into 2021: National and Regional Market & Economic Update
November 5, 2020 1:00pm – 2:30pm (CST)

Join us to hear our experts discuss the economy and mortgage 
 & housing markets post election!

Joel Kan, Associate VP, Economic & Industry Forecasting
Mortgage Bankers Association
Brandon Svec, Director, Market Analytics, Costar Group
Phil Rasori, Chief Operating Officer, MCT- Mortgage Capital Trading

Our Annual Sponsor Partners are critical to our success and I am so grateful for their support and commitment to the IMBA!  Special thanks to the following companies:

Premier Sponsors: A & N Mortgage; Caliber Home Loans; Chase; Diamond Residential Mortgage; Essent Guaranty; Guaranteed Rate; Manatt; Union Home Mortgage, 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; Fifth Third Bank, 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.  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.  Stay healthy and safe and thanks for supporting the association.

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