MBA's Accounting & Financial Management Conference 2019

2019 Schedule

The schedule below is subject to change.

Note: Meeting rooms may change. Please refer to the MBA Events mobile app, available in both the App Store and Google Play, on-site for final locations.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

  • Opening General Session: Economic and Mortgage Market Outlook

    Location: Marina Ballroom E


    Speaker(s)

    Michael Fratantoni, Ph.D., Chief Economist & Senior Vice President, Research & Industry Technology, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Fran Mordi, Associate Vice President, Financial Management, Tax and Accounting Policy, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Marina Walsh, Vice President, Industry Analysis, Research and Economics, Mortgage Bankers Association

    General Session,

    CREF Track

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    The outlook for the economy and the mortgage market remains highly uncertain, with conflicting indicators on the health of the overall economy, the direction of interest rates and the strength of the housing market. MBA’s chief economist will provide perspective on economic growth, consumer spending, employment, monetary policy and other topics impacting the outlook. Also covered- the latest on demographic trends and other factors impacting housing construction, home sales and home prices. Don’t miss the signature outlook on purchase and refi originations as well as mortgage rates for 2020 and beyond.

    Speaker(s)

    Michael Fratantoni, Ph.D., Chief Economist & Senior Vice President, Research & Industry Technology, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Michael Fratantoni is MBA's Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research and Industry Technology. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing MBA's industry surveys, benchmarking studies, economic and mortgage originations forecasts, industry technology efforts, and policy development research for both single-family and commercial/multifamily markets. Additionally, Fratantoni is president and member of the Board of Directors of MISMO and serves on the CSP's Industry Advisory Group and the membership committee of MERS. Prior to joining MBA, Fratantoni worked in the industry in risk management and senior economist roles at Washington Mutual and Fannie Mae.

    Fran Mordi, Associate Vice President, Financial Management, Tax and Accounting Policy, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Fran Mordi joined the Mortgage Bankers Association in May of 2017 after 20 years of post-Law school experience in the areas of tax and accounting.  Prior to joining MBA, Fran worked at the American Bankers Association and Deloitte Tax, LLP on domestic and international tax issues impacting the financial services industry.  Fran has specific expertise in putting together training sessions and presenting at bank tax conferences and panels.  Fran has extensive experience working with the banking regulators, FASB, the Treasury and Congress as an advocate of the financial services industry. Fran holds a J.D. from New England Law School, Boston, MA, and an LL.M in Taxation from Georgetown University Law School, Washington, DC. 

    Marina Walsh, Vice President, Industry Analysis, Research and Economics, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Marina Walsh is vice president of industry analysis in MBA's research and economics department, specializing in industry performance benchmarking for residential lenders and servicers. She has worked in real estate finance for close to twenty years. Currently, she leads the management and direction for the annual and quarterly Mortgage Bankers Performance Reports, the Servicing Operations Study and Forum, the Peer Group Survey and Roundtable Program, the Mortgage Banking Compensation Survey Program and other ad hoc surveys and policy analyses. She is also MBA's spokesperson for the Quarterly National Delinquency Survey.  In addition, Walsh conducts specialty workshops, symposiums and roundtables on a variety of current topics critical to the mortgage industry and provides program advisory support for several conferences, particularly MBA's Accounting and Financial Management Conference and its National Servicing Conference. She is an instructor for several MBA Education webinars and courses, including the Introductory and Advanced Schools of Mortgage Servicing and the Future Leaders Program. Results of her work have been published in all of the major trade publications as well as national and local newspapers. She is a frequent speaker at MBA and other industry events and conferences.  Walsh was named to HousingWire's "2016 Women of Influence" list. The list, which is based on nominations from the industry, highlights women who are making significant contributions to mortgage banking and real estate.  Prior to joining MBA, Walsh was a manager in Ernst and Young's Real Estate Advisory Services Group where her focus was Federal credit program design, implementation and performance measurement. She started her career in the Management Training Program, then subsequently the financial planning division, of the Port Authority of NY & NJ.

  • General Session: Fighting Fraud and Protecting your Bottom Line

    Location: Marina Ballroom E


    Speaker(s)

    Benjamin B. Wagner, Partner-in-Charge, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP

    General Session,

    Residential Track,

    CREF Track

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    Fraud is a key business risk for all real estate finance firms.  While fraud has been a concern for years, changes in cyber and other fraud techniques are making the risks harder to spot and potentially more impactful.  Hear about the latest trends in fraud and how mortgage and commercial/multifamily real estate finance companies are responding.

    Speaker(s)

    Benjamin B. Wagner, Partner-in-Charge, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP

    Benjamin B. Wagner is the Partner-in-Charge of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Palo Alto office. He is a member of the firm's White Collar Defense and Investigations, False Claims Act, FCPA, and Cybersecurity Practice Groups. Mr. Wagner is a Chambers-ranked attorney in White Collar Crime and Investigations, and is listed in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America® for white collar criminal defense. He is an experienced trial and appellate attorney, having tried 18 felony criminal cases in federal court, and argued over a dozen times before the Ninth Circuit and the Fifth Circuit.

    Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Wagner served as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California from November 2009 through April 2016. Appointed by President Obama, he oversaw the district’s three offices and 175 employees. During his tenure, he was appointed to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, and served as co-chair of the White Collar Crime Subcommittee. For five years he co-chaired a national multi-agency mortgage fraud working group.  Before his appointment as U.S. Attorney, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and as a supervising AUSA for 17 years, handling investigations, trials and appeals in a wide variety of criminal matters.

    He earned his Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law, and received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.

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