MBA Presents Burton C. Wood Award to First American Title Insurance Company’s Kurt Pfotenhauer

Rob Van Raaphorst
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 21, 2017) - The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has presented its annual Burton C. Wood Legislative Service Award to Kurt Pfotenhauer, Vice Chairman of First American Title Insurance Company. It was presented at MBA's 2017 National Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC. The award is given annually to an MBA member employee in recognition of his or her sustained superior service to the association and the real estate finance industry as a whole.

"Kurt has been the consummate champion of MBA's Advocacy programs and an important voice within our association," said Rodrigo Lopez, CMB, Executive Chairman of NorthMarq Capital and Chairman of MBA. "His success both as an executive at MBA and a member leader have positively positioned the industry on a variety of important issues."

Mr. Pfotenhauer was presented this award for his numerous accomplishments and longstanding service on legislative and regulatory matters affecting real estate finance. He currently sits on the MBA Board of Directors, is a former MORPAC chairman, where he raised a then-MORPAC record amount for one election cycle, and previously oversaw the government affairs and regulatory affairs responsibilities at MBA. He also formerly held a senior government affairs position at United Parcel Service (UPS) and was the former Chief of Staff to Congressman Denny Smith (R-OR) and Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR).

The award is named after the late MBA Legislative Counsel Burton C. Wood, who devoted more than 30 years of service to MBA's advocacy efforts, and passed away in 2010. Wood was the first recipient of the award in 1990, and his lobbying skills gained the respect and attention of both Republicans and Democrats alike.