MBA's Accounting & Financial Management Conference 2019

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

  • Business Intelligence Systems (Residential/CREF Joint Session)

    Location: Marina Ballroom G


    Amber Elwell, CMB, Senior Vice President, Finance, Guild Mortgage Company

    Thomas Hahn, Vice President - Internal Audit, Berkadia

    Lyubomira Buresch, CMB, President, Polygon Research, Inc.

    Breakout Session,

    Residential Track,

    CREF Track

    Business Intelligence (BI) software and systems are democratizing information and analysis – and changing who knows what when.  But BI isn’t just about installing new software.  It often requires new thinking in terms of the platform, governance and culture.  This session will explore some of the latest tools and trends in BI, and provide insights on opportunities -- and challenges -- to making BI work within your organization.


    Amber Elwell, CMB, Senior Vice President, Finance, Guild Mortgage Company

    Amber Elwell is SVP of Finance and oversees Guild Mortgage’s finance, accounting and treasury functions, including warehouse covenants, cash management, internal controls, audits, and branch and company financials. She has been with Guild since 2004.

    Her many accomplishments at Guild include managing the implementation and adoption of two company-wide business intelligence systems, a new accounting system, and a paperless invoice and expense reimbursement system.

    Ms. Elwell graduated with a B.B.A. in finance from Texas Christian University and earned an MBA from the University of California, Irvine. She holds an active CPA license and the Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB) designation. She has been involved with the Mortgage Bankers Association throughout her career and was chosen to participate in the California and national MBA Future Leaders programs.

    Thomas Hahn, Vice President - Internal Audit, Berkadia

    Tom Hahn is Vice President of Internal Audit at Berkadia. Prior to joining Berkadia, he spent most of his career in public accounting as a financial statement auditor. With over 10 years of accounting and audit experience, Tom has strong a background in financial reporting, planning and analysis. He also has experience with internal control design and implementation. He is a licensed CPA in the state of Pennsylvania and holds a BA from Saint Joseph’s University.

    Lyubomira Buresch, CMB, President, Polygon Research, Inc.

    Lyubomira Buresch, CMB, is an experienced mortgage banker & business executive, directing and managing the development and deployment of cloud-based technology solutions in the banking and financial services sector. These solutions minimize institutional risks, support economic inclusion and consumer protection, and help lenders develop innovative and safe mortgage banking products and services. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies, including Bank of America, Citibank, and KPMG. She is an alumna of University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.

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