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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

  • General Session: Conversation with the GSE Executives

    Location: Main Stage


    Speaker(s)

    David Brickman, Chief Executive Officer, Freddie Mac

    Kristy Fercho, 2021 MBA Chairman-Elect; Executive Vice President & Head of Home Lending, Wells Fargo

    Hugh Frater, Chief Executive Officer, Fannie Mae

    In an interview with MBA’s Chairman-Elect, the CEOs of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac discuss a variety of topics, including their recent work addressing the impacts of the pandemic and a look ahead at the affordable housing crisis and the broader economy.

    Speaker(s)

    David Brickman, Chief Executive Officer, Freddie Mac

    David Brickman is the CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Freddie Mac, one of the nation’s largest providers of mortgage financing. His career at Freddie Mac spans over 20 years and five divisions. He is well known for his tenure as head of Freddie Mac Multifamily, where he led a period of unprecedented growth, innovation and success. Brickman has developed over 20 products, including new structures for multifamily securities and innovative financing options to help preserve affordable rental housing. 

    Brickman holds a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed all doctoral coursework for the Ph.D. program in economics and real estate at the MIT.

    Kristy Fercho, 2021 MBA Chairman-Elect; Executive Vice President & Head of Home Lending, Wells Fargo

    Kristy Fercho is executive vice president and head of Wells Fargo Home Lending. As head of Home Lending, Fercho oversees one of the nation'sleading combined home lenders and servicers, funding one of every 12 loans and servicing one of every eight loans in the country. In her role, Fercho leads a team of more than 25,000 mortgage professionalsin sales, operations, servicing, capital markets, portfolio management, andrelated business, risk management, and supporting functions. Fercho joined Wells Fargo in 2020 from Flagstar Bank, where she had served as president of the company's mortgage division since 2017. Prior to joining Flagstar, she spent 15 years with Fannie Mae, where she led the strategy and business performance of single-family customers in the western United States and also served in customer engagement and human resources roles. Fercho began her career and served in a variety of sales, operations, and human resources roles at Baxter International before moving to Pepsi Co. Inc., where she ultimately was director of worldwide corporate human resources.

    Fercho currently serves as vice chair of the board of the Mortgage Bankers Association, vice chair of the MBA's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, co-chair of the Affordable Housing Council, and a member of its Residential Board of Governors. She also serves on the boards of City Year and the Detroit Zoological Society. Her industry accolades include HousingWire recognizing her as a Women of Influence in the housing industry; MReport honoring her as one of the Top Women in Housing; Diversity Journal listing her among its Women Worth Watching; National Mortgage Professional Magazine naming her to its list of Most Powerful Women; and the Michigan Chronicle selecting her for its Women of Excellence recognition. Fercho is a graduate of the University of Southern California and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Saint Joseph's University, where she serves on the Board of Trustees.

    Hugh Frater, Chief Executive Officer, Fannie Mae

    Hugh R. Frater is Fannie Mae's Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He sets the overall enterprise vision and strategic direction of the company and is a member of the company's Board of Directors since January 2016.  Mr. Frater served as Interim CEO from October 2018 through March 2019, and has served on Fannie Mae’s Board since 2016. He currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of VEREIT, Inc. Mr. Frater previously led Berkadia Commercial Mortgage LLC, a national commercial real estate company providing comprehensive capital solutions and investment sales advisory and research services for multifamily and commercial properties. He served as Chairman of Berkadia from April 2014 to December 2015 and he served as Chief Executive Officer of Berkadia from 2010 to April 2014. Earlier in his career, Mr. Frater was an Executive Vice President at PNC Financial Services, where he led the real estate division, and was a Founding Partner and Managing Director of BlackRock, Inc.  Mr. Frater is a member of the Community Responsibility and Sustainability Committee.  Mr. Frater has a bachelor of arts in English from Dartmouth College, and a master of business administration in finance from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, where he serves on the Board of Overseers.

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