Edi­tor’s Desk

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This month’s is­sue fea­tures an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with Robert Broeksmit, the new pres­i­dent and CEO of the Mort­gage Bankers As­so­ci­a­tion.

Broeksmit, who goes by Bob, sat down with Na­tional Mort­gage News for his first me­dia in­ter­view since tak­ing over from David Stevens in Au­gust. There were so many anec­dotes from his life story that we couldn’t fit them all in the piece. Here’s just a sam­pling of what didn’t make it:

Bob’s grand­fa­ther, John Shaw Broeksmit, was a banker, first at Mer­chants Na­tional Bank of Cedar Rapids, Iowa (which would later go on to be­come a part of U.S. Bank), and then Har­ris Trust & Sav­ings Bank of Chicago, now known as BMO Har­ris Bank.

His home­town of Dwight, Ill., is home to one of three banks de­signed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The build­ing, which opened in 1906, orig­i­nally housed the real es­tate of­fice and bank that was owned by busi­ness­man, and later U.S. con­gress­man, Frank L. Smith.

Bob pur­chased his first home at the ten­der age of 24, a town­house in Mary­land that he bought with a co-worker in 1989.

Speak­ing to nu­mer­ous col­leagues, friends and MBA power bro­kers made this an in­ter­est­ing story to report and I hope you en­joy read­ing it. And of course, we wish Dave a happy re­tire­ment.

We’re pleased to work with Chicago-based artist Jason Seiler for this month’s cover art. Jason is a tra­di­tional painter at heart, but spe­cial­izes in a style of dig­i­tal il­lus­tra­tions by hand draw­ing and paint­ing his sub­jects on an LCD screen, rather than re­ly­ing on photo ma­nip­u­la­tion. You may rec­og­nize his work from the 2013 Time “Per­son of the Year” is­sue, where his paint­ing of Pope Fran­cis ap­peared on the cover. You can see more of his work at ja­son­seiler.com.

I’d also like to thank ev­ery­one who came to Las Ve­gas to at­tend NMN’s third an­nual Dig­i­tal Mort­gage Con­fer­ence. The turnout was amaz­ing and we saw some in­cred­i­ble new in­no­va­tions and de­vel­op­ments from across the in­dus­try. If you missed the con­fer­ence, or want to re­live all the ex­cite­ment, re­caps and video re­plays from much of the event are avail­able at na­tional­mort­ga­ge­news.com

Lastly, if you’re read­ing this while at­tend­ing the MBA’s An­nual Con­ven­tion in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., I hope you’ll stop by the NMN booth in the ex­hibit hall to say hello and pick up some fun trin­kets. We love meet­ing read­ers and hear­ing about what you’re see­ing in the in­dus­try.

Send your com­ments, ques­tions and story ideas to Edi­tor in Chief Austin Kil­gore: austin.kil­[email protected]­me­dia.com

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