Since 2007 Gavin Ekstrom has worked as an area branch manager for Citywide Home Loans located in Denver, Colorado. In this role, he deals with all branch operations, including training, marketing, and loan officer certification. To help him remain informed on changes made within the mortgage industry, Gavin Ekstrom maintains membership with the Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association (CMLA).
Founded in 1956, the CMLA is a nonprofit trade organization that includes members who work in Colorado’s mortgage lending industry. These members include mortgage brokers, commercial bankers, and mortgage loan originators, among others. The CMLA strives to monitor integrity-based lending by setting ethical standards. It also offers networking opportunities and educational sessions.
One event that combines networking and learning is the CMLA’s annual convention. The 44th annual convention, scheduled from August 9 through 11, 2017, at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort, offers an opportunity for compliance professionals, mortgage company owners, and loan originators to meet with top mortgage industry leaders. Participants also partake in breakout sessions and attend keynote speeches. Two speakers who attended the 2016 event included renowned lecturer and best-selling author Tommy Spaulding along with chairman-elect of the Mortgage Bankers Association Rodrigo Lopez.