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Monday, October 28, 2019

  • General Session: Update from Washington

    Location: Level 4,
    Ballroom D


    The Honorable Mark Calabria, Director, Federal Housing Finance Agency

    The Honorable Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

    Dave Howard, Executive Vice President, Sales, ServiceLink

    General Session

    Hear from two of Washington’s top voices in housing policy, the U.S. Secretary of Housing, Dr. Ben Carson, and the FHFA Director, Dr. Mark Calabria.


    The Honorable Mark Calabria, Director, Federal Housing Finance Agency

    Dr. Calabria has served as Chief Economist to Vice President Pence since February 2017. Prior to his work in the White House, he was director of financial regulation studies at the Cato Institute. Before joining Cato in 2009, he spent six years as a member of the senior professional staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs where he handled issues related to housing, mortgage finance, economics, banking and insurance for Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL). Prior to his service on Capitol Hill, Calabria served as deputy assistant secretary for regulatory affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and also held a variety of positions at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, the National Association of Home Builders, and the National Association of Realtors.  Dr. Calabria has also been a research associate with the U.S. Census Bureau’s Center for Economic Studies. He has extensive experience evaluating the impacts of legislative and regulatory proposals on financial and real estate markets. He holds a doctorate in economics from George Mason University.

    The Honorable Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

    On March 2nd, 2017, Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., was sworn in as the 17th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  For nearly 30 years, Secretary Carson served as Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, a position he assumed when he was just 33 years old, becoming the youngest major division director in the hospital’s history.   In 1987, he successfully performed the first separation of craniopagus twins conjoined at the back of the head.  He also performed the first fully successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins in 1997 in South Africa.  Dr. Carson received dozens of honors and awards in recognition of his achievements including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. He is also a recipient of the Spingarn Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  Dr. Carson authored nine books, four of which he co-wrote with his wife Candy.  The U.S. News Media Group and Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership named him among “America’s Best Leaders” in 2008.  Dr. Carson and his wife co-founded the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments.  The Fund is currently operating in 50 states and the District of Columbia, and has recognized more than 7,300 scholars, awarded more than $7.3 million in scholarships, and installed more than 150 Ben Carson Reading Rooms around the country.  Born in Detroit to a single mother with a 3rd grade education who worked multiple jobs to support their family, Secretary Carson was raised to love reading and education.  He graduated from Yale University and earned his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School.  He and his wife are the proud parents of three adult sons and three grandchildren.

    Dave Howard, Executive Vice President, Sales, ServiceLink

    Dave Howard is the Executive Vice President of Sales at ServiceLink. In addition to leading the Sales team, he’s responsible for developing and executing more broad Go-To-Market strategies for retention and for growth.  A financial services industry veteran, Dave has previously built and led teams focused on software development, domestic sales and a global sales operations at several leading companies including Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) and Metavante Technologies.

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