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President's Message - January 2023

Good day my fellow IMBA Members - welcome to the new year, January 2023! I hope each of you had an opportunity to enjoy some quality time with your loved ones the past holiday season. I’ll apologize in advance as you realize this message is a quite a bit longer than normal. This is due to the fact that we have decided to communicate with you on a quarterly basis through our INgage newsletter going forward rather than monthly. As a result, we have additional ground to cover since last October and several new announcements to share. Proof positive your IMBA Directors are hard at work! As we kicked things off with our new Board in June last year, you may recall we had set our focus on five specific items: Establishing our committees, charity, diversity and engagement, our shared vision, and the transition of our Executive Director starting in April. As you continue to read further, I sincerely hope you will see we are indeed committed to the goals and activities we had set for ourselves, and for you, our valued IMBA membership. I am proud to announce we have established a new Housing Advocacy committee this year, chaired by Kyle Lunford, Director of Homeownership & Community Development at Ruoff Mortgage and Navi Singh, Vice President / Mortgage Production Manager at Centier Bank. The mission: work with IMBA members across the state in each of our chapters, along with community service groups and other interested parties throughout Indiana to positively impact homeownership opportunities for the communities and families our members serve. The Housing Advocacy committee is working closing with our Education and Communication committee’s to insure we keep you up to date on the great things happening within IMBA and this newly formed committee. We are off to a fantastic start and I am extremely excited for all of the good that is sure to come as a result. We held our Production Conference on 11/02/22 at the Ritz Charles in Carmel. At this well attended (nearly 90 people) event, we featured an Affordable Housing Panel which was informative, engaging, and inspiring. Thank you to our panelists: Kyle Lunford; Marianne Fraps, Operations Manager at IHCDA; Dorothy Dodd, Community Lender at First Merchants Bank; Priscilla Russell, Realtor at United Real Estate, and our moderator, Sheryl Taylor Community Home Lending Manager at First Merchants Bank. The conference also included presentations by: Blaine Rada, Sr. National Trainer with Arch MI; Becca Goldsberry Professional Sales and Leadership Coach with Southwestern Consulting; Lynn Wheeler, President-Elect of the Indiana Association of Realtors; and Rick Wajda, CEO of the Indiana Builders Association. A big thank you to our event sponsors as well: Enact MI, Fairway Independent Mortgage, and IHCDA. On 12/15/22 we concluded our Al Thorup Future Leaders class with 22 individuals graduating. Thank you to all of the students and teachers involved for once again making this another very successful session. In keeping with our goals, the students completed and presented three very impressive group presentations, accessible on our website at: https://indianamba.org/Future-Leaders-Program covering important issues for our industry and our association, including: 'Affordable Housing & Advocacy', 'Engaging Members 35 and Younger', and, 'Recruiting the Next Generation'. As was announced in my comments at our State Convention in Fort Wayne last summer, we are continuing to focus our attention on charity work to support our local communities. Although our association has always done a great job in this area through our local chapters, this year we are asking our membership to go just a bit further in really “getting our hands dirty”. Meaning, we not only coordinate events to provide funds to local charities, which has and will continue to take place, but rather that we actually engage in physical activities within our communities to give back. In essence, we be present rather than providing presents. Therefore, we are earmarking two weeks in March, the 13th and 20th, in order for our collective association activities to coincide within this time period.

Sincerely,

Joel Scheer
IMBA President 2022/2023

Ruoff Mortgage


President's Message - October 2022

Happy fall everyone, I hope you had an enjoyable summer! Your IMBA Directors are hard at work planning many events and activities this year through the different committees. Some of these events are part of our long standing annual strategy that we have done for many years, i.e. our upcoming Production Conference in November, and of course, the Al Thorup Future Leaders Program starting here again in the fall with in-person sessions and continuing in the spring of next year with virtual sessions. As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, some of the new initiatives we are working on this year are the creation of an Affordable Housing Committee, which will be highlighted at our Production conference, and “IMBA Gives Back Week” in the spring of 2023. We have also added Instagram to our social media platform. Furthermore, we are continuing our commitment to the next generation of mortgage lending with IMBA members attending events on college campuses, as Lili Del Toro (Centier Bank), and Kristine Clark (Purdue Federal Credit Union) represented us at the Purdue NW Career Day just this past Friday, September 30th. I sincerely thank you for your continued support of IMBA.

Sincerely,

Joel Scheer
IMBA President 2022/2023

Ruoff Mortgage


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