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

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

  • General Session: Market Outlook

    Location: Main Stage


    Speaker(s)

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

    Joel Kan, Associate Vice President, Economic and Industry Forecasting, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Marina Walsh, CMB, Vice President, Industry Analysis, Mortgage Bankers Association

    IMB Business Strategy & Operations,

    Secondary & Capital Markets,

    Tech Solutions,

    Servicing Solutions

    Don’t miss our latest forecast on the various forces impacting our industry during these unprecedented times. MBA will provide perspective on the state of the economy, mortgage and housing markets, and company performance, and shed light on what we can expect for the rest of 2021 and beyond.

    Speaker(s)

    Michael Fratantoni, Ph.D., Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research and 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.  He received a Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in economics from The College of William and Mary, and has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Washington, and Johns Hopkins, George Washington, and Georgetown Universities.

    Joel Kan, Associate Vice President, Economic and Industry Forecasting, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Joel Kan serves as Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting for the Mortgage Bankers Association. In this role, he is responsible for the production of MBA's macroeconomic and housing market forecasts, along with other related analytics. He also oversees the production of MBA's industry surveys, including the Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey, Builder Applications Survey, and Mortgage Credit Availability Index, three of the association's high profile surveys. Mr. Kan is a regular speaker and presenter of MBA’s market outlook at both MBA and external events, and writes commentary regarding economic statistics and industry data.  He has also been quoted in industry and national media outlets.  Prior to joining the MBA, he worked in Ernst & Young’s Quantitative Economics and Statistics (QUEST) group

    Marina Walsh, CMB, Vice President, Industry Analysis, Mortgage Bankers Association

    Marina Walsh, CMB, is Vice President of Industry analysis in MBA's Research and Economics Department, specializing in industry performance benchmarking for residential lenders and servicers. Currently, she leads the management and direction for the Mortgage Bankers Performance Reports, the Servicing Operations Study and Forum, the Peer Group Survey and Roundtable Program, the Mortgage Banking Compensation Survey Program, the Weekly Forbearance and Call Volume Survey and other ad hoc surveys and policy analyses. She is also MBA's spokesperson for the National Delinquency Survey.  In addition, Walsh conducts specialty workshops and roundtables on a variety of current topics critical to the mortgage industry and provides program advisory support for 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 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.  In 2020, Walsh received the Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB) designation, awarded to seasoned professionals seeking the ultimate recognition for professionalism and experience in residential mortgage banking. In 2016, she was named to HousingWire's "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. She holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University.

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