2020 Schedule

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Monday, February 10, 2020

  • Opening General Session: A Conversation with Alex Rodriguez

    Location: 2nd Floor,
    Seaport Ballroom D


    Speaker(s)

    Robert D. Broeksmit, CMB, President and CEO, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Alex Rodriguez, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, A-Rod Corp

    Brian F. Stoffers, CMB, 2020 MBA Chairman and Global President, Debt & Structured Finance, CBRE

    General Session

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    Best known for his unparalleled accomplishments on the baseball field, Alex Rodriguez stands as one of the greatest athletes in the world.  Along with insights into his iconic baseball career, he’ll discuss life after baseball, real estate, philanthropy and succeeding in business and beyond.

    Speaker(s)

    Robert D. Broeksmit, CMB, President and CEO, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Robert Broeksmit (Bob) is President and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA).  Bob is a senior finance executive and corporate officer with a 33-year career in the mortgage sector. He has directed all aspects of lending activities, including marketing, sales, operations, secondary marketing, loan servicing, and default management. He has also served as a mortgage underwriting expert testifying on many large, high-profile cases.

    Prior to joining MBA in 2018, Bob served as President and Chief Operating Officer with Treliant, heading the firm's mortgage litigation support practice and serving diverse financial services clientele including large banks, independent mortgage lenders, community banks, credit unions, and service providers to the mortgage industry. As a Washington-based financial services consultancy, Treliant's mortgage practice included strategic advisory for executive management and corporate boards; litigation defense, including file reviews, litigation strategy, expert reports, and expert testimony; CFPB examination preparation and implementation of mortgage regulations promulgated by the CFPB and other regulators; and operational aspects of mortgage banking, ranging from origination to servicing and loss mitigation.

    Before Treliant, Bob held senior leadership positions in the mortgage business, including fourteen years with Chevy Chase Bank (including after its purchase by Capital One), where he was Executive Vice President and President of its B.F. Saul Mortgage Company subsidiary. Bob also was a Vice President at Prudential Home Mortgage for seven years. He has overseen annual originations of $9 billion, a balance sheet of $10 billion in residential mortgages, and a servicing portfolio of $20 billion. He also held positions at Great Western Mortgage, Krupp Residential Mortgage, and The Money Store.

    Bob has served as the Chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association's Residential Board of Governors and as a member of its Board of Directors. Firms under his leadership have garnered multiple awards for servicing operations excellence, including Freddie Mac's Tier One and Hall of Fame designations. He is a Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB) and a graduate of Yale University.

    Alex Rodriguez, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, A-Rod Corp

    Best known for his unparalleled accomplishments on the baseball field, Alex Rodriguez stands as one of the greatest athletes in the world. Through the course of his 22 year career, Mr. Rodriguez hit an extraordinary 696 home runs, has hit more grand slams than any person in history, and is one of only 29 players to join the 3,000 hit club. Mr. Rodriguez is a 3-time MVP, a 14-time all-star, and a 2009 World Series Champion with the New York Yankees. Over the course of his iconic baseball career, Mr. Rodriguez also built a tremendously successful investment firm with the purchase of a single duplex in 2003. Mr. Rodriguez subsequently created a fully-integrated real estate investment and development firm, while managing a record-breaking baseball career. Following the company’s success in real estate, A-Rod Corp broadened its investment mandate to encompass assets across a wider array of industries, including sports and wellness, media, and entertainment. With a flexible and opportunistic investment mandate, the firm focuses on long-term ownership opportunities, where it can add value and deliver superior, risk-adjusted returns. Today, A-Rod Corp is a fully integrated investment firm, led by Alex Rodriguez and a team of seasoned investment professionals that manages both internal and external capital and employs more than 500 people.

    Mr. Rodriguez also maintains an active sports, television, and media presence. Mr. Rodriguez is currently signed with FOX, ESPN, NBC and CNBC. Notably, he joined Fox Sports as an MLB analyst in 2015, winning back-to-back Emmys with the studio team. In 2018, he joined ESPN as a broadcaster for Sunday Night Baseball, becoming the first talent to be shared by two networks during the MLB season. Rodriguez is also a guest Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank and guest host on NBC’s Today Show. In 2018, he debuted “Back in the Game” on CNBC, in which he serves as a business mentor to former athletes facing financial distress. This past year, he launched “The Corp,” a podcast with Barstool Sports’ Dan Katz that interviews industry leaders, sports legends and entrepreneurs. “The Corp” debuted as the number 1 podcast in America. In addition to his professional endeavors, Mr. Rodriguez actively engages in a variety of philanthropic initiatives. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club (BGC) of Miami-Dade, is a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Miami, and remains actively involved with Florida International University. Mr. Rodriguez is passionate about education and has sponsored college tuition for over 30 students via his scholarship program.

    Brian F. Stoffers, CMB, 2020 MBA Chairman and Global President, Debt & Structured Finance, CBRE

    Brian Stoffers, CMB, is Chairman-Elect of the Mortgage Bankers Association and Global President, Debt & Structured Finance at CBRE, a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, and the world's largest commercial real estate services and investment firm. Under his leadership, approximately 180 professionals have originated approximately $300 billion in loan volume since 2007. Additionally, this practice maintains a loan services portfolio of more than $180 billion globally.  Brian has extensive experience in the origination, structuring, placement, closing and servicing of commercial real estate debt for life insurance companies, pension funds, banks, debt funds and loans, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, FHA and Wall Street sources.  Prior to the CB Richard Ellis acquisition of L.J. Melody in 1996, Brian served as senior vice president and Southwest Regional Manager for CB Commercial's mortgage banking division. He began his career with Coldwell Banker Commercial in 1981 and became a senior real estate finance officer in the firm's La Jolla, California, office. Brian currently serves on CBRE's Global Operating Committee.  An active MBA member for more than 25 years, Brian has served in several leadership positions within the organization. He currently serves as 2019 Chairman of MBA's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Brian also serves on MBA's Executive Committee as well as the Chairman of the Audit Committee and co-chair of the GSE Reform Committee. Brian previously served on the Commercial Real Estate/Multifamily Finance Board of Directors (COMBOG), and is the former Chairman of the Task Force on GSE Reform and Capital Markets Committee.  Brian is an author of numerous industry articles and a regular contributor to national and local publications. He is an experienced guest speaker, panelist and moderator for numerous organizations and industry conferences nationwide, including MBA.

  • General Session: Build Yourself to Suit: Developing Diverse Careers, Networks and Opportunity

    Location: 2nd Floor,
    Seaport Ballroom D


    Speaker(s)

    Christine R. Chandler, Senior Vice President - Chief Operating Officer, M&T Realty Capital Corporation

    Sharon Walker, Associate Vice President, Multifamily, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Stephanie H. Wiggins, Senior Vice President & Chief Production Officer - FHA Finance, Walker & Dunlop, LLC

    Claudia A. Steeb, Managing Director, Capital Markets, JLL

    Maggie Burke, Associate Director, Berkadia

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    There is no one-size-fits-all approach to successfully navigating a career in commercial real estate. However, continuing education and developing relationships across the industry are significant drivers for career growth, and can lead to new opportunities. Hear industry leaders and experts share their career experiences, how the industry is evolving and what they expect going forward.

    Speaker(s)

    Christine R. Chandler, Senior Vice President - Chief Operating Officer, M&T Realty Capital Corporation

    Christine was appointed Chief Credit Officer and Chief Operating Officer for M&T Realty Capital in August 2018.  In this role, Christine is responsible for making credit decisions for MTRCC’s Multifamily and Healthcare transactions underwritten in the Agency and FHA platforms. For thirteen years, Christine was the Chief FHA Underwriter for MTRCC.  She is an approved Multifamily (MAP) and 232 Healthcare Underwriter.  Prior to her appointment in the FHA group, Christine was a senior Fannie Mae DUS Underwriter and spent several years managing the closing and delivery for FHA/GNMA transactions.  In addition to her tenure with the Mortgage Corporation, Christine was a relationship manger in the commercial real estate division, focusing on construction and permanent portfolio lending.  Christine has been with M&T since 1991 and has over 28 years of commercial real estate experience.  Christine is active in various committees and groups related to the mortgage banking industry, and in 2019, Christine was invited to be a member of the MBA Commercial Real Estate / Multifamily Board of Governors (COMBOG.)

    In addition to responsibilities at M&T, Christine is a board member for several not-for-profit entities.  She is on the Advisory Board for Partners in Excellence, an organization that is affiliated with the Archdiocese of Baltimore and was appointed by Archbishop Lori in 2017, and is board member for the University System of Maryland Foundation (USMF).  Finally, she is the Finance Chair for her church, Severna Park United Methodist Church. Christine is married and has one adult daughter and twin 3-year-old granddaughters. 

    Sharon Walker, Associate Vice President, Multifamily, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Sharon Walker joined the MBA in 2018, as Associate Vice President, Multifamily. In that capacity, Sharon represents the interests of members active in the multifamily real estate finance sector, including advocacy on multifamily policy issues and overseeing a variety of committees, working groups, councils, and events. Ms. Walker brought many years of experience in commercial and multifamily real estate, particularly in servicing and asset management, to her role at the MBA. Prior to joining MBA, Sharon was managing director at RED Mortgage Capital, and earlier in her career, she served as vice president of asset management at Walker & Dunlop. In those positions, she managed large portfolios that included multifamily, assisted living and hospitals at MAP-approved lenders. Ms. Walker is a frequent speaker and contributor on panels at industry conferences and meetings, speaking on industry issues and leadership development. She received her B.S.B. degree in Finance from DePaul University with a concentration in real estate, banking, and investments.

    Stephanie H. Wiggins, Senior Vice President & Chief Production Officer - FHA Finance, Walker & Dunlop, LLC

    Stephanie H. Wiggins, Senior Vice President & Chief Production Officer of the FHA Finance team, is based out of Bethesda, Maryland. Ms. Wiggins is responsible for the oversight of the production team for Walker & Dunlop’s multifamily lending through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She brings more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate finance and a specialty in the new construction of market-rate and affordable multifamily housing as well as healthcare facilities.

    Ms. Wiggins initially joined Walker & Dunlop as a senior underwriter in 1995. Prior to her return to Walker & Dunlop, Ms. Wiggins served as Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, where she managed multifamily originations and operations with a focus on FHA and government sponsored enterprise executions. In this position, she was responsible for closing 256 transactions nationwide, for a total capital deployment of nearly $5 billion. Previously, Ms. Wiggins served as Director and Senior Investment Officer at Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, managing the deal structure and underwriting processes for Fannie Mae Multifamily Affordable Housing transactions.

    Ms. Wiggins earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from American University’s Kogod School of Business, where she studied real estate and urban development. Beyond the company, Ms. Wiggins is an active member of several industry organizations, including the Urban Land Institute (ULI) as a Public Private Partnership Council Member and a Women’s Leadership Initiative Member, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), and the Real Estate Network Empowering Women (RENEW). She also serves as a board member for The Campagna Center, a nonprofit organization that provides educational and social development programs for underserved children, teens, and adults in Alexandria, Virginia, as well as The Twelve Days of Christmas, Inc., which raises funds to provide back-to-school necessities and fulfills the holiday wish lists for disadvantaged families in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

    Claudia A. Steeb, Managing Director, Capital Markets, JLL

    Claudia Steeb is a Managing Director in the Pittsburgh office of JLL with more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate finance and investment advisory. She is primarily responsible for originating debt and equity transactions throughout the United States, with a focus on retail, office and self-storage properties as well as complicated portfolio transactions.  During her career with JLL (formerly HFF), she has completed more than $14 billion in commercial real estate transactions. Ms. Steeb has underwritten, evaluated, financed and sold numerous regional malls at JLL. Claudia joined the firm in June 1995. Prior to JLL/HFF, she was an Originator with Lane, Noland Smith & Co. (now Grandbridge Mortgage), after working for five years at U.S. Steel Corporation in the Realty Development and Audit divisions. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Finance from the Smeal College of Business, Ms. Steeb is currently a board member for the Institute of Real Estate Studies at Penn State, and has been a guest lecturer for the Real Estate Boot Camp and several senior and graduate level real estate classes.  In addition to being a founding and current member of the Pittsburgh chapter of CREW, Ms. Steeb is also a member of ULI and ICSC, as well as a board member for PEIDC in Pittsburgh.

    Maggie Burke, Associate Director, Berkadia

    Maggie Burke is an Associate Director with Berkadia’s Mortgage Banking team out of Clearwater, Florida. She is responsible for providing financing solutions to commercial real estate developers and owners throughout the United States. Maggie has extensive knowledge and experience structuring, underwriting and closing a broad range of asset types including multifamily, office, and retail. In her career, Maggie has assisted clients with securing over $3 billion in debt finance transactions representing several capital source executions including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Life Companies, CMBS, Debt Funds and Banks. Maggie is a member of MBA’s mPact Advisory Committee and active member of RENEW.

  • General Session: Multifamily Matters: GSE Trends and Apartment Finance

    Location: 2nd Floor,
    Seaport Ballroom D


    Speaker(s)

    Deborah L. Jenkins, Executive Vice President and Head of Multifamily Division, Freddie Mac

    Michael McRoberts, Managing Director, PGIM Real Estate Finance

    Robert G. Levin, Senior Vice President, Multifamily Customer Engagement, Fannie Mae

    Hilary Provinse, Executive Vice President and Head of Mortgage Banking, Berkadia

    Janette O'Brien, Senior Vice President & Head of Multifamily Production, KeyBank Real Estate Capital

    Siobhan Kelly, Associate Director, Office of Multifamily Analytics and Policy, Federal Housing Finance Agency

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    The mortgage banking industry continues to experience strong demand for financing multifamily developments.  New multifamily lending caps and FHFA leadership set the stage for the continued evolution of GSEs and their role in multifamily finance. Experts address what the GSEs and other industry participants expect going forward, what the multifamily finance market will look like in the
    next two to five years given regulatory shifts and more.

    Speaker(s)

    Deborah L. Jenkins, Executive Vice President and Head of Multifamily Division, Freddie Mac

    Deborah Jenkins is executive vice president and head of Multifamily. She leads all aspects of Freddie Mac’s Multifamily business – the largest capital provider to the U.S. multifamily rental housing market. She is a member of the company's senior operating committee.

    Previously, Jenkins served as senior vice president and national head of Multifamily Underwriting and Credit. In this role, Jenkins oversaw all credit approvals and due diligence processes, asset level securitization activities, as well as credit policies and governance for all of Multifamily’s products. This prior-approval approach has produced delinquency rates among the very lowest in the industry while ensuring mortgage liquidity across economic environments. Jenkins also spearheaded enhancements in the company’s underwriting process specifically to support its securitization program, including its signature K and SB Deals.

    Prior to that, Jenkins held different positions of increasing responsibility at Freddie Mac Multifamily, including vice president of national underwriting. Jenkins was a senior vice president with Wells Fargo National Bank in Michigan before joining Freddie Mac in March 2008.

    Jenkins holds a Master’s degree in Corporate Finance from Walsh College in Troy, Michigan, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Corporate Finance from Wayne State University in Detroit.

    Michael McRoberts, Managing Director, PGIM Real Estate Finance

    Mike McRoberts is a Managing Director with PGIM Real Estate Finance and serves as Chairman of the Agency platform, in Arlington, Virginia. In this role, his focus is on the expansion of the company's leadership position in multifamily lending. Prior to joining the company in 2011, he served as vice president and national head of sales and production for Freddie Mac with responsibility for the agency's conventional multifamily business, structured transactions, senior's housing, the national Freddie Mac Program Plus® network and Freddie's four regional production offices. Earlier, McRoberts was National Head of Underwriting and Credit f o r Freddie Mac. Before joining Freddie Mac in 1992, he held positions at First Maryland Mortgage Corporation in Baltimore and First Interstate Mortgage Corporation in Denver and Kansas City. McRoberts is a past chairman of the Fannie Mae DUS® Advisory Council serves on the Multifamily Committee for the Commercial Real Estate/Multifamily Finance Board of Governors (COMBOG) of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). He also serves on the Debt Financing Subcommittee of the National Multifam-ily Housing Council. 

    Robert G. Levin, Senior Vice President, Multifamily Customer Engagement, Fannie Mae

    Rob Levin is Fannie Mae’s Senior Vice President and Head of Customer Engagement. In this role, he manages all customer relationships and leads all of Fannie Mae's multifamily production activities, including the Delegated Underwriting and Servicing (DUS®) lending platform, structured transactions, seniors housing, affordable housing, green financing, small loans, and borrower relationships. Under Rob’s leadership, Customer Engagement is focused on providing support, expertise, and guidance to our customers and partnering with them to build a high-quality, balanced book of business that will meet the needs of the multifamily market now and in the future.  Prior to his current role, Levin was the Vice President of Multifamily Credit Underwriting. He led the DUS loan underwriting process for all non-delegated loans, covering conventional loans as well as specialty products. He also managed the underwriting guidelines for Multifamily, ensuring that loans guaranteed by Fannie Mae met consistently high credit standards.  Before joining Fannie Mae in 1998, he worked in commercial and community banking. 

    Hilary Provinse, Executive Vice President and Head of Mortgage Banking, Berkadia

    Hilary B. Provinse is the EVP and Head of Mortgage Banking at Berkadia and is a member of Berkadia’s Management Committee. In this role, Ms. Provinse oversees 140 experienced mortgage bankers and their teams who are located in 31 offices across the country.  These teams serve clients across all multifamily and commercial channels and have expertise in specialty areas such as seniors housing and healthcare, hotels and hospitality, student housing, affordable housing, small loans and manufactured housing. Berkadia closed over $26 billion of Mortgage Banking volume in 2019.  Ms. Provinse ensures Berkadia clients benefit from our market expertise and deep relationships with diverse capital sources, including Life Companies, Banks, CMBS, Debt Funds, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and HUD. Ms. Provinse has a bachelor of arts in history from Dartmouth College and a master of business in finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

    Janette O'Brien, Senior Vice President & Head of Multifamily Production, KeyBank Real Estate Capital

    Janette O’Brien serves as Senior Vice President, Head of Multifamily Production and Agency CEO for KeyBank Real Estate Capital. Ms. O’Brien has significant real estate experience with over twenty-eight years in Agency lending. This includes significant experience with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as well as with CMBS, Life Placement and equity investors, including approximately $55 billion in real estate lending transactions. Shespent the first couple of years of her career in various areas of multifamily servicing. After leaving multifamily servicing, Ms. O’Brien joined the Philadelphia-based Meridian Mortgage, which was one of the first companies involved in Agency lending. Through the years, Ms. O’Brien has been involved in underwriting for some of the top Agency lenders, including ARCS Commercial Mortgage, Reilly Mortgage Group and Berkshire Mortgage.

    Ms. O’Brien joined KeyBank to manage the Northeast and Midwest Agency underwriting and closing process in 1999, was promoted to Chief Underwriter in 2004 and promoted to her current position in 2014. Ms. O’Brien’ specialty is with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans. In her current role, Ms. O’Brien’s team is responsible for multifamily production including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, CMBS and Life Placement. Ms. O’Brien has also served and continues to serve on numerous committees for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, KeyBank, MBA, NMHC and the community. Following a vote by her peers, Ms. O’Brien has recently accepted her fourth term on the Fannie Mae DUS Advisory Counsel and will serve as Vice Chair. With over 30 years of experience in the multifamily and affordable mortgage banking business, Ms. O’Brien uses her knowledge and experiences to cultivate relationships and mentor peers. Ms. O’Brien was a member of the MBA task force for a future secondary mortgage market, which aimed to create an end state model that can also fulfill an affordable housing duty. She supports charities including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Susan G. Komen Foundation, National Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity and Girls With Sole.

    Ms. O’Brien received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1985. Ms. O’Brien continues to train in hopes that some year she will make it to the LPGA.

    Siobhan Kelly, Associate Director, Office of Multifamily Analytics and Policy, Federal Housing Finance Agency

    Siobhan Kelly is an Associate Director and currently leads the Office of Multifamily Analytics and Policy at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). The office serves as the focal point for the development and implementation of mission-related multifamily policy, research and financial analysis.  Kelly has over 15 years of multifamily experience and oversees the business activities of both Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Previously, she served as the Multifamily Credit Risk Officer at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), servicing as a senior advisor on multifamily finance and policy issues affecting FHA, as well as managing and measuring risk issues related to the MAP lending program. Prior to her time at HUD, she worked in multifamily at Freddie Mac, both on the front end of the business and in asset management. Kelly was also selected as an Excellence in Government (EIG) fellow through the leadership program at the Partnership for Public Service.