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President's Message

 

Message from FAMP President Linda Knowlton



Congratulations to our new entire Executive Committee, Nathaniel Bittman as Vice President, Orlando Diaz as Secretary, Chris Leppert as Treasurer and of course Gino Moro, now our immediate Past President.

So far 2020 will never be forgotten by any of us and it is not over yet. There will be those to describe events as pre-Covid or Post Covid.  We needed a solid rock to hold FAMP and our mortgage industry through this past year and we had that in Gino Moro.  He has been a tremendous president through this.  The stability that he has brought to our Association was unprecedented and no one could have accomplished this but Gino.  Definitely a tough act to follow but I will try.

This past year has been a change for our Association and in spite of the pandemic; the changes are moving FAMP into a direction that we needed to be moving in.  Industry webinars and updates from Economist, from Washington from our agencies, wholesalers, inspiring speakers, mortgage insurance providers and an AMC were widely attended.  In this coming year, FAMP will continue to provide our industry the sources and resources for your success by bringing our members cutting edge products through vendors to expand your business.

Florida Association of Mortgage Professionals is your association and our focus is to protect the license originator, the small brokerage shop and all originators that are dedicated to making homeownership a reality through buyers with mortgage loans that fit their particular circumstances.   Finding that particular product offered by that particular lender that just so happens to be able to close on time!  This is really the essence of the mortgage industry!

I began in this business through the banking channel as a teller as I needed to supplement my income to pay for my college tuition.  My parents gave me $500 as my high school graduation gift and I was told this was all they could give me to help pay for school.  I worked my way though many channels and obstacles through the years and now years later I own my own mortgage company.  I did this with assistance of knowledge, training and resources that mortgage and banking partners provided me.  
FAMP was one of those providers and I intend to make sure we continue to do that for all industry partners.

I will end with FAMP’s Mission Statement:

FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF MORTGAGE PROFESSIONALS MISSION IS TO PROMOTE AND ADVANCE THE COMMON BUSINESS INTERESTS OF FLORIDA’S MORTGAGE PROFESSIONALS THROUGH EDUCATION, ADVOCACY, TECHNOLOGY AND ETHICAL PRACTICE.

I will do my best to uphold these ideals and make all of you proud of your profession and FAMP. I hope to see you all at our Convention September 9-12 at Hilton Bonnet Creek either in person, virtually or on our social media platforms. Thank you for supporting your industry and be well.

Linda Knowlton
FAMP President