Spring Conference & Expo: Independent Mortgage Banks, Secondary Markets, Servicing and Technology

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

  • Opening General Session: U.S. Politics & Economic Policy with Gary Cohn

    Location: Main Stage


    Gary D. Cohn, Vice Chairman of IBM, Former Director of National Economic Council, Former President and COO, Goldman Sachs

    Susan Stewart, 2021 MBA Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, SWBC Mortgage

    IMB Business Strategy & Operations,

    Secondary & Capital Markets,

    Tech Solutions,

    Servicing Solutions

    Finance industry legend Gary Cohn draws on his experience as the Vice Chairman of IBM, former director of the NEC and former President and COO of Goldman Sachs to provide candid analysis on the direction of U.S. business and the global economy. In a fascinating interview with MBA’s Chairman, Susan Stewart, Cohn offers insight into issues including monetary and fiscal policy, trade and taxes, based on his vast knowledge of the global financial system, economic policy, and the inner-workings of the U.S. administration.


    Gary D. Cohn, Vice Chairman of IBM, Former Director of National Economic Council, Former President and COO, Goldman Sachs

    Gary D. Cohn is Vice Chairman of IBM, working in partnership with IBM’s Executive Leadership Team on a wide range of business initiatives and external engagement, in areas including business development, client services, public advocacy and client relationship management. Mr. Cohn is also Co-Chairman, with Clifton S. Robbins, of Cohn Robbins Holding Corp., a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) and a board member of Gro Intelligence. Mr. Cohn served as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council from January 2017 until April 2018. As President Donald Trump’s chief economic advisor, Mr. Cohn managed the administration’s economic policy agenda and led the successful effort to grow the U.S. economy, create jobs and increase wages through tax and regulatory reform. Before serving in the White House, Mr. Cohn was President and Chief Operating Officer of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. from 2006-2016. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1990 and held a number of other leadership positions including the Global Co-Head of the Equities and Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Division. He was a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and Chairman of the Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee. Mr. Cohn began his career at U.S. Steel before moving to New York to trade on the New York Commodities Exchange from 1982-1990. Mr. Cohn invests across the cybersecurity, block chain infrastructure, regulatory technology and medical technology sectors. He serves on the corporate boards of Abyrx, Gro Intelligence, Indago, Nanopay and Starling and is the Chairman of the Board of Pallas Advisors. Additionally, Mr. Cohn serves on advisory boards for Hoyos Integrity and Spring Labs. He is a member of the Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee (SRAC) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Mr. Cohn has long been dedicated to advancing healthcare and education. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of NYU Langone Health and serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board for the NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital. He is also on the Board of Overseers of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. In 2019 Mr. Cohn was a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics. Mr. Cohn lives in New York with his wife and three daughters. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and received his undergraduate degree from American University in 1982.

    Susan Stewart, 2021 MBA Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, SWBC Mortgage

    Susan Stewart is the 2021 Chairman of the MBA and Chief Executive Officer of SWBC Mortgage headquartered in San Antonio, TX. Stewart's visionary leadership has been the catalyst behind the company growing from 3 employees serving the Texas market to more than 650 employees in over 70 branch locations. Under her unwavering focus, SWBC Mortgage has grown from a small regional broker to a national industry leader, providing a full-service origination-to-servicing experience for borrowers in 43 states. Stewart leads a team that leverages cutting-edge technology, delivering industry-leading speed and service while providing a personal, experienced touch to the dream of home ownership.  Stewart currently serves as a member of the MBA's Board of Directors and is past Vice Chair of the MBA's Residential Board of Governors (RESBOG). She and SWBC Mortgage are committed to making the communities they serve brighter, more hope-filled places, and to that end she serves on the board of the MBA Opens Doors Foundation. Both Stewart and SWBC Mortgage have been recognized personally and corporately as Guardian level donors to the Opens Doors Foundation.

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