VMBA Annual Convention

The VMBA Annual Convention brings together Virginia mortgage executives, loan originators, servicers, and associates who serve the mortgage industry in Virginia.  The event features an agenda full of relevant industry related topics and ample networking time.

2021: Advance to (Virginia Beach) Boardwalk!

We look forward to you joining us at the Virginia Beach Marriott Oceanfront for the 2021 VMBA Annual Convention September 22-24, 2021!  See convention agenda below!

2021 VMBA Convention Speaker Lineup includes:

    • Bruce Christopher, Psychologist-Humorist
    • Leigh Brown, Leigh Brown & Associates
    • Bob Broeksmit, Mortgage Bankers Association
    • Ari Karen, Offit Kurman
    • Tim Hooper, WFG National Title

Register now to reserve your seat today!

COVID-19 Safety at the VMBA Annual Convention

With the uptick in COVID cases, we want to address safety protocols for the upcoming VMBA Annual Convention.

First and foremost, our #1 priority is ensuring the safety of all: attendees, sponsors, speakers, staff and hotel personnel. Since the pandemic began, the VMBA has followed the recommendations and directives from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Governor Northam and we will continue to do so for this event.

In addition, our host for this event – the Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront – has provided this information on their response to COVID-19.

Over the coming weeks, we will be tracking the latest guidance and requirements from government officials regarding mask-wearing, space capacity, and social distancing. We will provide you with regular updates on what measures will be in place during the event to maximize everyone’s safety.

For questions, contact Walt Lyons.

2021 Convention Agenda*

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

5:00-7:00 pm VMBA Kickoff Party
Hosted by the Tidewater Mortgage Bankers Association (TMBA), sponsored by MGIC, Prosper Insurance, and Priority Title.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

8:00 am

Registration Open & Networking in the Exhibit Hall
Seaside Foyer
9:00-10:30 General Session 
Seaside ABC
  • "She's Really Not *That* Into You! The Realtor(R)/Lender Relationship," Leigh Brown, Leigh Brown & Associates
    Sponsored by Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group
  • "A View from Washington," Bob Broeksmit, Mortgage Bankers Association
10:30-10:50 Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall
Seaside Foyer
10:50-12:15  General Session
Seaside ABC
  • "Are We Having Fun Yet? Attitude & Peak Performance," Bruce Christopher, Psychologist & Humorist
    Sponsored by George Mason Mortgage
12:15-2:00 pm Lunch & VMBA Annual Meeting
Seaside DE | Sponsored by F&M Mortgage & US Bank 
 2:00-2:40 General Session 
Seaside ABC
  • Virginia Election & Legislative Update
    Dave Albo, VMBA Lobbyist
2:40-3:00 Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall 
Seaside Foyer
3:00-4:45 General Session
Seaside ABC
  • "The Changing Landscape of Fair Lending: Adapting to New Regulations and Legal Theories," Ari Karen, Offit Kurman
    Sponsored by Fulton Mortgage Company
  • "Empathetic Urgency – Creating a Magnetic Sales Culture in a Post-Pandemic Era," Tim Hooper, WFG National Title
    Sponsored by Snapdocs

4:45-5:00 Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall 
Seaside Foyer
 5:00-7:00 Networking Reception & Silent Auction to Benefit VAMPAC 
Seaside DE | Sponsored by TowneBank Mortgage & Prosper Insurance

Friday, September 24, 2021

 9:00-11:00 am Hair of the Dog Networking Event
Ocean Lawn | Hosted by the VMBA Emerging Mortgage Professionals Group, sponsored by KilGO Insurance.

*Agenda subject to change.

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Hotel Room Block

Virginia Beach Marriott Oceanfront
4201 Atlantic Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Ocean View: $174 + tax
Oceanfront: $194 + tax

Click here to reserve your room online. The deadline to reserve rooms in the VMBA block is August 30, 2021.


Lindy Pond
Convention Committee Chair

Walt Lyons
Executive Director
(804) 819-4746 | Email

Thank you to our sponsors!











  Champion Title & Settlements, Inc. 






About Our Speakers

Bob Broeksmit, Mortgage Bankers Association
Robert (Bob) Broeksmit 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.

Leigh Brown
Many know Leigh for her accomplishments as a highly successful REALTOR® and a best-selling author. This just begins to scratch the surface. She is an award-winning educator and influencer, an innovative CEO and a must-see international speaker. She actively educates professionals in every realm of business leadership and relationships. Leigh is a do-it-all professional.

Leigh has a passion for motivating those around her to want more. She has worked with all ranges of the professional spectrum — from new-to-the-trade rookies to CEOs of massively successful brands. It is her ability to articulate complex concepts in ways that everyone can relate to that makes her leadership so impactful.

Leigh wants to leave her mark on the next generation of professionals. Whatever your field of business is, Leigh has tools that can promote growth and a team-oriented environment. She has the sales techniques; she has the experience; she has the PASSION! Leigh wants to help YOU! 

Bruce Christopher
Psychologist and humorist, Bruce Christopher, is America’s foremost “Enter—Trainer” today. He has earned this distinction because of his high-energy style and humorous presentation of his material. He is a clinical psychologist holding degrees in Professional Psychology and Interpersonal Communications. Bruce has Enter-Trained audiences internationally because of his hilarious approach to today’s hot topics which impact our personal, professional lives. He combines excellent content with loads of laughter and contagious comedy.

He has been honored to speak at the Exclusive Million Dollar Roundtable Con­ference (three times!), the Royal College of Surgeons in London, the Mayo Clinic, and on the largest stage in the world. His clients include American Airlines, American Express, Best Buy, Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Boeing, Dell, General Electric, IBM, The IRS, Oracle, 3M, New York Life, Texas Instruments, U.S. Navy, U.S. Postal, Wells Fargo and hundreds of other world-class organizations.

Bruce is a credentialed professional speaker and trainer, he is a member of the American Psychological Association, the National Speakers Association, and is a practicing clinical psychologist. He has earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation (CSP), which is the speaking profession’s highest merited international measure of professional platform competence. Less than 12 percent of speakers worldwide, currently hold this professional designation. He speaks over 100 times each year and is one of the most sought-after speakers in the Fortune 500 and at the most prestigious medical and dental conventions.

His mission is: “Laugh ’till you cry…Learn ’till you change!” “I was expecting a lecture, instead what I saw was more like a stand-up comedy show with great content!”  When you are faced with morale problems, communication conflicts, customer service issues, managing change, need for teamwork, or just a great time of laughter. . . this Psychologist is in!

Tim Hooper, WFG National Title
Serving as WFG National Title’s VP for the Mid-Atlantic Agency, Tim Hooper trains teams throughout the real estate industry on topics like Energizing Your Sales, Re-humanizing Connection & Marketing That Matters. He holds a degree in Mass Comm/Public Relations from Middle TN State University, is a John Maxwell-certified coach, host of the Energy4Sales podcast, and four-time author of the GotEnergy series. When Tim’s not coaching, he’s spending time with his four kiddos and lovely wife Jennifer while pursuing his quest to run a marathon for charity in every state. He resides in Central Virginia.

Ari Karen, Offit Kurman
Ari Karen is a principal in the Financial Institutions Regulatory and Labor and Employment practice groups at the Offit Kurman law firm. He is an experienced litigator and speaker who has focused his practice in representing financial institutions in both government investigations and litigation before state and federal trial and appellate courts nationwide. Mr. Karen's practice is diverse, representing clients on matters concerning banking regulations, Dodd Frank financial reform laws, contractual disputes, employment and labor statutes, wage-hour class actions, employment discrimination and fair lending matters, whistleblower complaints and non-competition claims, among others. In addition to being known for aggressively advocating on behalf of his clients, Mr. Karen is widely complimented for his business-friendly attitude and creativity, advising clients on legal and regulatory compliance in a manner that is practical and sensitive to business considerations. Mr. Karen's approach affords his clients the opportunity to remain both compliant and competitive in an environment with ever increasing business and legal challenges. Mr. Karen is a principal in the firm in its Financial Institutions Regulatory and Labor and Employment practice groups. He is also the Founder and CEO of Strategic Compliance Partners (SCP). SCP is a mortgage compliance consulting firm which provides a total compliance solution for mortgage brokers. Mr. Karen frequently presents at industry conferences and writes frequently for leading publications within the mortgage industry.

Get Involved!

Want to be involved in planning the VMBA Annual Convention?  Join the convention committee!  Click here to complete a committee interest form.

2021 Convention Chair  Lindy Pond, Finance of America
VMBA Executive Director  Walt Lyons, VMBA  
2021 Committee Members  Chip Beveridge, First Heritage Mortgage
  Steve Chilton, MGIC
  Kevin Darcey, US Bank
  Jessica Fitzgibbons, Prosper Insurance
  Tim Hooper, WFG National Title
  Jason Kilgo, Kilgo Insurance
  Nickie Robinson, Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group
  Shirley Sasser, TowneBank Mortgage
  Ric Segovia, George Mason Mortgage

 Clavis Smith, Assurance Financial
  Nate Smith, TowneBank Mortgage 
   Sandy Speck, Assurance Financial
  Sarah Stedfast, NewTowne Mortgage 
  Michael Ullman, First Heritage Mortgage 

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