Chris George Sworn in as 2019 MBA Chairman

Rob Van Raaphorst
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 14, 2018) - Chris George, Founder, President and CEO of CMG Financial, was sworn in today as Chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) during the association's 2018 Annual Convention & Expo in Washington, D.C.

Mr. George has served on MBA's Board of Directors since 2012, is a member of MBA's Independent Mortgage Bankers Executive Council and MBA's Consumer Affairs Advisory Council, as well as an active member of MBA's advocacy efforts. Additionally, Mr. George is past Chairman of the California Mortgage Bankers Association, a major supporter of MBA's Open Doors Foundation, and has served on many advisory boards and task forces within the industry.

"It is a privilege to serve as MBA's 2019 Chairman," said George. "I am excited to work with both Brian and Susan on behalf of MBA. Together we will address the key priorities of its members, both residential and commercial/multifamily, through advocacy and outreach to policymakers and key stakeholders."

Brian Stoffers, CMB, Global President, Debt & Structured Finance at CBRE, and Susan Stewart, CEO at SWBC Mortgage, were also sworn in as Chairman-Elect and Vice Chairman respectively.

Mr. Stoffers is the Global President, Debt & Structured Finance, at CBRE, where he oversees the practice that has nearly 140 professionals and has originated approximately $216 billion in loan volumes since 2007.  Mr. Stoffers has extensive experience in the origination, structuring, placement, closing and servicing of commercial real estate debt for life insurance companies, pension funds, banks, savings and loans, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, FHA and Wall Street sources.

In 2015, Mr. Stoffers received MBA's Commercial/Multifamily Distinguished Service Award and has served on the Association's Affordable Rental Housing Task Force, GSE Multifamily Task Force and Risk Retention Task Force. Mr. Stoffers has been a major supporter of MBA's Opens Doors Foundation, which sponsors philanthropic activities focused on home and community support, and is an active supporter of the Mortgage Action Alliance (MAA).

Ms. Stewart joined SWBC in 1989 and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of SWBC Mortgage Corporation. Under her leadership, SWBC Mortgage has grown from three employees to 615 individuals operating in 39 states with annual sales of $3 billion and a servicing portfolio exceeding $10 billion.

Ms. Stewart currently serves as a member of MBA's Board of Directors, sits on MBA's Residential Board of Governors (RESBOG), and is on the board of the MBA Opens Doors Foundation (ODF). In addition to serving on ODF's board, both Stewart and SWBC Mortgage have been recognized as Guardian level donors of the organization.