Mat Ishbia is the President and CEO of United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM). Under Ishbia’s leadership, UWM has soared to new heights becoming one of the most innovative leaders in the industry. Mat has taken UWM from being a 12-person mortgage company to a 6,500+ person team working together on one campus in Pontiac, MI. At the end of 2019, the UWM team broke the record of all-time wholesale volume ever funded in one year with over $107.7B in mortgage originations all while holding the title of fastest growing mortgage company in America.
Katie Sweeney is the Executive Vice President of Strategy for the Association of Independent Mortgage Experts. Katie oversees the day-to-day operations of AIME. She leads AIME’s developmental business objectives with a goal of continuously growing the wholesale mortgage broker channel utilizing innovative entrepreneurial and professional management principles. She’s also responsible for developing sponsorship opportunities and initiatives focused on retail-to-wholesale channel recruitment efforts.
Marc Summers is the President of the Association of Independent Mortgage Experts. In addition, he is President of Advantage Mortgage Company of Michigan, a mortgage brokerage located in Clarkston, MI that has been a staple in the community for 24 years. Marc entered the broker world in 2001 at Advantage Mortgage as a Loan Officer, holding various titles up until 2015 when he took over as President. Marc is an advocate for independent mortgage brokers and dedicated to the growth of the wholesale channel.
Laura is the President and driving force that has catapulted AFR Wholesale to become a top 20 national wholesale lender in 2019. She’s seamlessly rolled out new products based on market demand, including VA renovation, USDA repair escrow and One-Time Close construction. Laura has also been among HousingWire’s “Women of Influence” for the last 3 consecutive years, as well as named in the top 10 most influential women by Insight Success Magazine in 2020. Currently, Laura serves as the Chair for AIME’s Women’s Mortgage Network.
Christine Beckwith is an award-winning executive sales leader who has over 30 years experience in the mortgage/finance industry. In 2018, she branched out to begin her dream job as the Founder & President of 20/20 Vision for Success Coaching & Consulting. Breaking many glass ceilings in the mortgage & banking industry, Christine now serves as a columnist for many different magazines and is a special correspondent anchoring the news and interviewing experts within her industry.
Barry is an American entrepreneur and frequent media resource for his mortgage and housing expertise. He is a common commentator on CNBC and FOX, as well as being awarded the Crystal Ball Award for 2018 and 2020 by Zilloe and Pulsenomics for the most accurate Real Estate forecasts out of 150 of the top economists in the United States. During his mortgage sales career, Barry personally originated over $2 billion dollars. Currently, Barry is the Founder & CEO of MBS Highway and his book “Money in the Streets” comes out soon.
For the last 20 years, René Rodriguez has researched and applied behavioral neuroscience as a dynamic keynote speaker, leadership advisor, sales expert and renowned speaking coach. He believes we are only scratching the surface of possibilities and every profession can benefit from engaging the human mind and brain. With our new normal and armed with a refreshed mission, it’s important for us to consider what kind of leaders we are and who we will choose to be as our world begins to re-engage with one another.
Grant Botma is the Founder of Stewardship in Gilbert, AZ which is a mortgage brokerage, insurance agency and investment management firm named among Inc. 5000’s Fastest Growing Companies in America for two consecutive years. Grant also works as a best-selling author of the book “The Problem Isn’t Their Paycheck”, where he teaches business owners, leaders and managers how to attract top talent and build a thriving company culture.
In 2002, Casey Cunningham founded XINNIX, which is a premier sales, operations and leadership development academy focused on training, coaching and accounting for the nation’s top mortgage lenders. Casey has been recognized as one of Atlanta’s Most Influential Female Business Owners by Atlanta Women’s Pacesetters, as well as a part of HousingWire’s 2020 Women of Influence.
Ari Karen is an experienced litigator 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.