On behalf of the many loan originators that are in the United States, I wish to welcome you to the 3rd annual Originator Connect for 2019. If you have attended the past two shows, you know that this is a multi-day,jam-packed event that brings you the best speakers, education, exhibitors and entertainment each and every year – and this will be no exception.
First let’s talk about the venue. Planet Hollywood has been the home of the Originator Connect Conference since its inception. We again are here because it affords us a great conferences area and we can have all of the events nearby for everyone to move from one session to another, easily accessible and conveniently located in the center of the Las Vegas Strip.
It all starts with the Quicken Loans Mortgage Services-sponsored Build-A-Broker program on Thursday, starting at 10:00 a.m.This workshop is designed to help originators who want to open up their own shop. Last year, we had over 250 attend this, covering topics from renting space to accounting to choosing LOS systems and more. This workshop is open to all attendees, but you must register in advance for the program. This program will be followed again by our Designation Test.
On Friday, United Wholesale Mortgage is presenting its Success Track Series to get your LOs and Processors trained and focused and ready for production to the next level. Then we’ll have our first session on the New Transitional Licensing Rules that will be going into effect on November24. This information will be presented by experts in the field. Kelly O’Sullivan who is the Deputy Commissioner in Montana and the NMLS Policy Chair,Bill Young, the Vice President of NMLS Business Services, CSBS and Bob Niemi,Senior Advisor, Financial Services, Bradley. We will be coming from the just ending NMLS Conference in San Diego where this will be a topic of conversation with our Banking Regulators.
On Friday night, the Opening Keynote Speaker will be Casey Hurbis, Quicken’s Chief Marketing Officer. And then following that, we have the Rally Keynote Presentation by Ben Anderson on How To Be A Mortgage Rockstar. Then the welcoming reception and celebration, “Carnival de las Cabanas” out at the Pool Deck.
On Saturday, concurrent sessions run throughout the day.Meanwhile, there are several top keynote events: Nimi Ghamsari, founder and CEO at Blend, the digital lending company in San Francisco, leads us off, and then UWM CEO Mat Ishbia kicks off the afternoon with a high energy look at how mortgage originators are dominating the marketplace. And that’s not to mention that the exhibit hall opens at Noon and remains open until 6:00 p.m..
At 4:00 p.m., we put a little humor and a little life into the education with the final afternoon keynote, Jeff Havens on How to Uncrapify Your Life. And then it’s time for the Cocktails and Connections Reception on the Exhibitor floor. On Saturday night, come and join RCN Capital and Appraisal Nation for the Wagon Wheelin’ & Dealin After Party. It is at the PBR Rock Bar and Grill in Planet Hollywood.
We’re going to wrap things up on Sunday morning with some high powered keynotes. First, we offer some breakfast networking, then live onstage we have Donna Brazile, Presidential Election Specialist and former DNC Chair and current Fox News contributor. She will be followed at 11:00 by Jeff Havens again, this time on How To Uncrapify Your Future.
Obviously, this weekend is going to be packed with all kinds of events and things for you to do all day long. And we leave so time for you to go out and enjoy Las Vegas while you are there.
So get your friends together and I hope to see you there. If not, I’ll look for you at another Originator Connect Network show near you.