MBA Recognizes 53 New Certified Mortgage Banker Graduates

October 16, 2023 MBA Education Press Release


Brittney Prophete

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    PHILADELPHIA (October 16, 2023) – MBA Education, the award-winning education division of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), recognized 53 individuals who earned the Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB®) designation at a ceremony held at MBA's  2023 Annual Convention & Expo. Earning one's CMB is the highest professional honor within the real estate finance industry.

    The 53 CMBs who received their designations have demonstrated a commitment to professional success and will be joining an elite group of industry professionals.

    “Earning a CMB designation sets this year’s graduates at the top of our dynamic industry, and I am confident that each of them will be a successful leader for years to come. They embody the standards of respect, credibility, ethics, and achievement within real estate finance,” said Mark Jones, 2024 MBA Chairman and President of Union Home Mortgage. “This year is the 50th anniversary of recognizing CMB graduates, and it is an honor to congratulate this class for their incredible accomplishment.”

    CMB candidates must acquire 150 points earned through a combination of professional experience, secondary education, continuing education through MBA- and industry-sponsored events, MBA Education courses, as well as participation in events and activities at the local, state, and/or national MBA level. After accumulating the required points and passing a comprehensive written exam, candidates must demonstrate industry knowledge by passing an oral exam conducted by a panel of CMBs.  

    Candidates have the option of choosing between the traditional Residential CMB enrollment path or the Executive CMB enrollment path. Both enrollment options result in the same CMB designation, but the Executive CMB enrollment is designed for senior executive-level professionals within current MBA member companies. This enrollment option allows candidates to substitute their extensive real-world industry knowledge and experience for many of the educational point requirements of the CMB program.  

    In order to be eligible for the CMB designation, candidates must be currently employed in the industry, work for a current MBA member company, or be a member of a recognized state or local MBA. All candidates pursuing the Executive CMB enrollment option are required to have a minimum of 10 years of senior executive-level experience in real estate finance and currently hold a senior executive-level position at a current MBA member company.  

    MBA Education awarded the following industry professionals with the CMB designation from November 2022 to October 2023:

    Residential CMB Designees

    • Jeff Acquafondata, CMB, AMP: Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh
    • Carl Benefield, Jr., CMB, AMP: MGIC Investment Corporation
    • Meg Bennett, CMB, AMP: LodeStar Software Solutions
    • Daniela Bigalli, CMB, AMP: Lennar Mortgage
    • Karley Bond, CMB, AMP: Regions Financial Corporation/Regions Mortgage
    • Bridget Campbell, CMB: Five Star Bank - Home Mortgage
    • Thomas Carey, AMP: KPMG LLP
    • Todd Carlson, CMB: Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
    • Caroline Cranz, AMP, CRCM: Colonial Savings, F.A.
    • Mario D'Ambrosio, CMB, AMP: Intercap Lending, Inc.
    • Marci Davis, CMB: ICE Mortgage Technology
    • Matthew Dean, CMB, AMP: Freddie Mac
    • Gabe del Rio, CMB, AMP: Homeownership Council of America
    • Robert (Rob) Denning, CMB: Guild Mortgage Company
    • Michael Eising, CMB, CMCP, CRMP: Merchants Bank of Indiana
    • Norman Fitzgerald, CMB: National Mortgage Insurance Corporation
    • Scott Flinn, CMB, AMP: Square Credit Union
    • Alicia Goncalves, CMB: SimpleNexus
    • Ryan Henry, CMB, AMP, CRU: USAA
    • Katelyn Hodges, CMB, AMP: Assurance Financial
    • Etienne Jouard, CMB: Lakeview Loan Servicing, LLC
    • Colleen Kennedy, CMB: Enact
    • Jennifer Kennelly, CMB, AMP: Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc.
    • Kim King, CMB, AMP: Bryant Bank
    • Julia Koski, CMB, AMP: Enact
    • Nicole Krukovsky, CMB, AMP: Arch Mortgage Insurance Company
    • Aimee Macilveen, CMB, AMP: First Commuity Mortgage, Inc.
    • Kate McDougall, CMB, AMP: Lake Michigan Credit Union
    • Jon Mullinix, CMB, AMP Senior: LendingPad Corp.
    • Amy Mulloy, CMB, AMP VP: Navy Federal Credit Union
    • Michael Ourlser, CMB: NewDay Financial, LLC
    • Mimi Paxson, CMB, AMP: Polunsky Beitel Green, LLP
    • David Rapson, CMB, AMP: Crescent Mortgage
    • Deborah Reavis, CMB, AMP: Gateway First Bank
    • Ralph Remy, CMB: National Mortgage Insurance Corporation
    • Michelle Richardson, CMB, AMP: Plaza Home Mortgage
    • Andrew Rizkalla, CMB: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
    • Erin Scavuzzo, CMB: Plaza Home Mortgage
    • David Sober, CMB: Voxtur
    • David Sparks, CMB, AMP, CRU: Waterstone Mortgage
    • Grantham Spencer, CMB: Michigan First Mortgage
    • Jeannine Sprague, CMB, AMP: Essent Guaranty, Inc
    • Kristina Stewart CMB, SVP: AmeriHome Mortgage
    • Tony Turner, CMB: Gulf Bank
    • William Tyner, CMB: CrossCheck Compliance
    • Matthew VanFossen, CMB: Absolute Home Mortgage Corp.
    • Christobal Villarreal, CMB: Nations Lending
    • Marcie Walsh, CMB, AMP: Umpqua Bank
    • Darryl Ward, CMB, AMP: Renasant Bank
    • Malik Wilkes, CMB, AMP: Space Coast Credit Union
    • Skip Willcox, CMB, AMP: Crescent Mortgage
    • Jake Williams, CMB, AMP: Lake Michigan Credit Union
    • Suha Zehl, CMB, AMP: Z Technology Solutions