Join Red Sox Legends Jim Rice, Jason Varitek at MBA Annual Convention & Expo

MBA Staff

September 20, 2016

Calling All Boston Red Sox fans--and even non-Red Sox fans who have at least a grudging respect--Red Sox Nation is coming to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Annual Convention & Expo.

Baseball Hall of Famer and ironman left fielder Jim Rice; and longtime catcher and two-time World Series champion Jason Varitek will be on hand at the Annual Convention to share the stories that made them great in an exclusive interview with Tom Caron, NESN Red Sox analyst.

Hear from these Boston baseball greats on Sunday, October 23 at 4:00 p.m. ET and join them afterward in THE HUB for an autographed baseball. #GOBOSOX! This session is sponsored by Fiserv.

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Also on Sunday, Oct. 23, the MBA Annual Convention & Expo kicks off with a special zession, Will Loan Officers Become Obsolete?, featuring Clara Shih, CEO and founder of Hearsay Social, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET.

Nearly every firm these days knows it needs to "get digital." At the same time, loan officers are feeling increasing pressure from online lenders. Research shows that even Millennials and Gen Z first-time home buyers want a trusted expert to talk to--but someone who is easily available to them on-demand across social, mobile, and digital, and is a trusted advisor rather than transactional product pusher.

In this provocative talk, bestselling author, Starbucks board director and Hearsay Social founder and CEO Clara Shih will share how traditional mortgage firms must modernize and digitally enable their LOs for success in a digital era.

Shih is CEO and founder of Hearsay Social, whose predictive analytics technology helps salespeople reach out to clients at the right time with the right message while staying in compliance with industry regulations. A pioneer in the social media industry, Shih developed the first social business application in 2007 and subsequently authored the New York Times-featured best-seller, The Facebook Era.

Shih's latest book, The Social Business Imperative: Adapting Your Business Model to the Always-Connected Customer, was released in April. She has been named one of Fortune's "Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs," Fast Company's "Most Influential People in Technology," BusinessWeek's "Top Young Entrepreneurs," and both Fortune's and Ad Age's "40 Under 40." She was also named a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum, InvestmentNews' "40 under 40," and "5 to Watch" in ThinkAdvisor's 2015 IA 35 for 35. She previously served in a variety of technical, product, and marketing roles with Google, Microsoft and

The MBA Annual Convention & Expo also features keynote addresses by Fox News host Megyn Kelly; astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly; MBA President and CEO David Stevens, CMB; Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt; Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray; MBA Chairman Bill Emerson; MBA Chairman-Elect Rodrigo Lopez, CMB; MBA Vice Chairman-Elect J. David Motley; and MBA Chief Operating Officer Marcia Davies. Music legend James Taylor performs at Concert MBA.

The MBA Annual Convention & Expo runs from Sunday, Oct. 23 through Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the Hines Center in downtown Boston.

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