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