SPEAKERS | KEYNOTES

Brooke BauguessBrooke Bauguess

VP, Marketing, Communications & Customer Experience, ICON

As a veteran communications, marketing and sales executive, Brooke Bauguess has led strategies and campaigns on behalf of some of the top entertainment and technology companies in the world. Brooke currently serves as the Vice President of Marking, Communications and Customer Experience for ICON, the construction technology company developing robotic and AI systems to lower the cost and increase the speed and quality of construction to tackle the global housing crisis and prepare to build on other worlds.

ICON has been named one of the "Most Innovative Companies in the World" by Fast Company and recently profiled on CBS’s 60 MINUTES. Raising $451 million to date in funding, ICON has delivered communities of high-performance homes in the U.S. and internationally and forged partnerships with world-renowned architects, builders and housing organizations missionally aligned to shift the paradigm of homebuilding. In fall 2022, ICON was awarded $57.2 million from NASA to develop a lunar surface construction system that will target humanity’s first-ever construction on another planetary body. Brooke hails from Hawaii and studied communications and media production at Baylor University and St. Edward’s University. She currently resides in Austin, TX and hopes in her children’s lifetime, they will have the opportunity to live in a 3D-printed home, play a role in shaping a healthy, more sustainable future for generations to come and live out their wildest dreams while traveling our beautiful planet…and maybe Mars!


Jeffrey E. BodeJeffrey E. Bode

President and CEO, Click n' Close

Jeff is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Click n’ Close, formerly known as Mid America Mortgage. Having been in mortgage banking since 1981, Bode founded and ran the original iteration of Mid America Mortgage in 1989, during which time he also became the first lender to develop an interface inside Calyx Point.

In 2003, Bode sold Mid America to Aegis Mortgage and focused on developing Mortgage Machine, a proprietary loan origination system (LOS) and creating a tax lien business, which originated the highest amount of loans of all single-family tax lien companies in Texas in the first two years. He re-entered the mortgage market in 2007, and in 2010, he purchased Schmidt Mortgage Company and reorganized its operations to incorporate the loan production of another mortgage operating unit he managed prior to the acquisition, resulting in the re-emergence of Mid America Mortgage in December 2011. Mid America Mortgage was the first independent mortgage lender in the nation to implement electronic mortgage closings (eClosings) and electronic promissory notes (eNotes) throughout its retail, wholesale and correspondent divisions. In 2022, Mid America Mortgage sold the majority of its retail lending division and rebranded to Click n’ Close. Under Bode’s leadership, Click n’ Close has become a pioneer in the digital mortgage space. Click n’ Close is a direct-to-consumer, ultra-secure digital mortgage platform to get home buyers from application to closing within two weeks. With just a few clicks at closing, Click n’ Close puts keys in the home buyer’s hand in 15 minutes or less.


Nicollette ChapmanNicollette Chapman

Senior Vice President, Mortgage Division, Zonda

Nicollette Chapman helps lenders grow their business with builders. With over 20 years of industry experience, most recently having launched a national builder division for a prominent mortgage company, Nicollette is a well-respected thought leader, published author, and valued industry partner.

Nicollette delivers a powerful and impactful class about the current state of the housing market, the new construction market, local updates, and how to secure more builder business—all backed by Zonda's data. Learn practical strategies to help grow your originations and close more loans with builders.


Erin DeeErin Dee

COO, LoanPeople

Erin Dee ensures the high quality of LoanPeople’s origination and operations processes. She oversees technology systems and compliance with federal and state regulations. Erin manages LoanPeople’s relationships with investors and warehouse banks.

For more than 20 years, Erin has worked in financial services in a wide range of capacities, which include: underwriting, compliance, secondary marketing, LOS admin., training and operations management. Erin participates in industry advocacy groups and currently serves on the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association Board of Directors. Erin earned her B.S. in Finance with University Honors from University of Central Florida, and her M.B.A. in Finance from Nova Southeastern University.


Latonia DonaldsonLatonia Donaldson

SVP, National Director of Multicultural Community Lending, PrimeLending

Latonia oversees PrimeLending’s national initiatives to drive homeownership in diverse communities.


She and her team are responsible for the development, implementation, and execution of strategies to drive sustainable homeownership opportunities among minorities across the full spectrum to include low-to-moderate income (LMI) borrowers and immigrant communities throughout the US, while managing regulatory and reputational risk. Working collaboratively with non-profits and real estate trade organizations, she and her team will develop initiatives to create pathways to homeownership through education and awareness. Latonia’s career in mortgage banking spans decades and has centrally focused on affordable lending and access to credit. Prior to joining PrimeLending, Latonia held leadership roles at Chase and Wells Fargo. Latonia holds key positions with major Realtor trade associations in the DFW area and nationally. In 2023, she was appointed Chair of NAHREP’s Corporate Board of Governors. Her professional memberships include the LGBTQ+ Alliance Advisory Board, AREAA’s Corporate Advisory Council, and the Steering Committee for PrimeLending’s Women’s THRIVE Networking Group. She also serves on the Texas MBA and Hilltop Holdings Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee. Her commitment to DEI led her to complete the Leading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion certification at Northwestern University. Latonia has been recognized for her community involvement by several major real estate and non-profit organizations. She received the prestigious Pinnacle award from the Women’s Council of DAREB, was recognized on the Mortgage Professionals of America’s Hot 100 List, and in October 2022 she was inducted into the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP) Hall of Fame Society. With her many accomplishments, she is most proud of her role as a mother.


Elliot EisenbergElliot Eisenberg, Ph.D.

Chief Economist, GraphsandLaughs, LLC

Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. is an internationally acclaimed economist and public speaker specializing in making economics fun, relevant and educational. Dr. Eisenberg earned a B.A. in economics with first class honors from McGill University in Montreal, as well as a Master and Ph.D. in public administration from Syracuse University.

Eisenberg is the Chief Economist for GraphsandLaughs, LLC, a Miami-based economic consultancy that serves a variety of clients across the United States. He writes a syndicated column and authors a daily 70-word commentary on the economy that is available at www.econ70.com. Dr. Eisenberg has spoken hundreds of business groups and associations, serving as keynote speaker on topics including economic forecasts, economic impact of industries such as homebuilding, consequences of government regulation, and other current economic issues. Dr. Eisenberg has been invited to testify before lawmakers and is often asked to comment on proposed legislation. His research and opinions have been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Bureau of National Affairs, Forbes, Fortune, and many other publications. He is a regularly featured guest on talk, and public radio. Dr. Eisenberg was formerly a Senior Economist with the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C. He is the creator of the multifamily stock index (the first nationally recognized index to track the total return of public firms principally involved in the ownership and management of apartments), the author of more than 100 articles, serves on the Expert Advisory Board of Mortgage Market Guide and is a regular consultant to several large real estate professional associations, financial institutions and investment advisory groups. Elliot’s interests include walking at least five miles a day and reading as many newspapers as he can get his hands on. He loves ice hockey and talking economics with crowds large and small!


Sarah EllinorSarah Ellinor

Manager, Homeownership Programs, Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation

Sarah Ellinor has worked in the housing industry for more than 10 years.


Before joining TSAHC, she was employed as a housing/financial counselor with nonprofits located in North Carolina, Iowa, and Texas, helping families buy a home and achieve other financial goals. Her prior experience helps her understand the benefits of homeownership and the challenges facing Texas home buyers.


Tim FisherTim Fisher

VP, Client Development, Deephaven Mortgage, Past President, TMBA

Tim Fisher is a 30-year veteran of the mortgage industry and has held senior positions at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Flagstar Bank and ARCH Capital Group.

He previously served as President and COO of First Continental Mortgage and concurrently was President of the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association in 2012-13. Today, Mr. Fisher is focused on the non-agency segment of the market including industry trends on RMBS/securitization execution, credit-spreads and non-agency whole loan sales. He has been married to his wife Deidra for 34 years and resides in Dallas.


Chad FlemingChad Fleming

President, Builder, Veterans Affairs, Benchmark Mortgage, Captain (Retired), US Army Special Operations Command, 75th Ranger Regiment

Captain Fleming has been deployed overseas 8 times with the U.S. Army’s Elite 75th Ranger Regiment in support of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

He has been wounded in combat on three separate occasions (3 gunshot wounds, 2 hand grenades) and has undergone 23 surgeries, one of which resulted in the amputation of his left leg. While most would assume this type of injury would conclude military service, Captain Fleming fought hard to be cleared to deploy and was re-deployed five times since his injuries, each time serving in a combat operations position. After serving with distinction and receiving numerous awards and decorations including the Meritorious Service Medal, Two Bronze Star medals with Valor and Three Purple Hearts, he retired from active duty and continues to serve our country in other capacities. He has completed Marathons , Triathlons, Spartan Races and Cycling events throughout the United States to benefit Veterans & First Responders and raise awareness for Wounded Service Members! His story of resilience and perseverance has been heard by Fortune 500 companies, professional and collegiate athletes around the country!


Mitch KleinMitchell Klein

Director, Mortgage Banking Solutions

Mitchell started his real estate finance career in Texas at Cornerstone Home Lending, while attending Sam Houston State University. At SHSU he attained a double major in Banking and Finance, with a minor in accounting.

After graduation Mitchell joined Envoy Mortgage working for one of the top producers in the lucrative Houston housing market. He soon became a production manager and loan originator at Envoy. After spending a decade on the production side of the mortgage industry he moved to Mortgage Banking Solutions, focusing on warehouse line due diligence, internal audits, mortgage company valuations, and mergers & acquisitions. He is an expert in production, credit risk, and loan operations. Mitchell lives in Houston, TX with his wife, Katherine and 2 children, where he is a member of the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association, Greater Houston Builders Association, Houston Mortgage Bankers Association, Coastal Conservation Association, and a member of St. Laurence Catholic Church.


Jenna LouieJenna Louie

Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer, Ivory Innovations

Jenna is the Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer at Ivory Innovations, a Utah-based nonprofit dedicated to catalyzing innovation in housing affordability.

At Ivory, she leads strategy and partnership efforts that support the innovative organizations and entrepreneurs recognized by the annual Ivory Prize for Housing Affordability. She attended Harvard College and holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Admiral William McRavenAdmiral William McRaven

Admiral (four star), US Navy (retired), former Chancellor, UT System

Admiral William H. McRaven is a retired U.S. Navy Four-Star admiral and the former Chancellor of the University of Texas System.

During his time in the military, he commanded special operations forces at every level, eventually taking charge of the U.S. Special Operations Command. His career included combat during Desert Storm and both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He commanded the troops that captured Saddam Hussein and rescued Captain Phillips. McRaven is also credited with developing the plan and leading the Osama bin Laden mission in 2011. As the Chancellor of the UT System, he led one of the nation’s largest and most respected systems of higher education. As the chief executive officer of the UT System, McRaven oversaw 14 institutions that educated 220,000 students, and employed 20,000 faculty and more than 80,000 health care professionals, researchers, and staff. McRaven is a recognized national authority on U.S. foreign policy and has advised Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and other U.S. leaders on defense issues. He currently serves on the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the National Football Foundation, and the Board of Directors of CoconoPhilips. McRaven has been recognized for his leadership numerous times. In 2011, he was the first runner-up for TIME magazine’s “Person of the Year.” In 2012, Foreign Policy magazine named McRaven one of the nation’s “Top 10 Foreign Policy Experts.” In 2014, Politico magazine named McRaven one of the “Politico 50,” citing his leadership as instrumental in cutting though Washington bureaucracy. In 2015, he received the Intrepid Freedom Award for his distinguished service in defending the values of democracy. In 2016, McRaven was named the recipient of the Ambassador Richard M. Helms Award by the CIA Officers’ Memorial Foundation and in 2018, he received the Judge William H. Webster Distinguished Service Award for a lifetime of service to the nation. McRaven graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1977 with a degree in Journalism, and received his master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey in 1991.  McRaven is the author of several books including, SPEC OPS: Case Studies in Special Operations Warfare, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life and Maybe the World, based on his 2014 UT
Commencement Speech that received worldwide attention, and Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations, The Hero Code: Lessons Learned from Lives Well Lived. In 2023, he released The Wisdom of the Bullfrog: Leadership Made Simple (But Not Easy). An instant #1 New York Times Bestseller, the book
draws on countless experiences from Admiral McRaven’s life, including navigating crises, management debates, organizational transitions, and ethical dilemmas, to provide readers with the most important leadership lessons he has learned over his forty years of service.  He met his wife, Georgeann, while they were students at UT Austin, and they have three grown children. McRaven is now a leadership consultant and stays active with his writing, speaking, and board
commitments.


Don NashDon Nash

Vice President National Programs, Homeownership Council of America

Don joined HCA in 2022, assuming the role of Vice President. In this capacity, he oversees HCA’s Equity DPA program and spearheads The Equity Certified trademark initiative.

With over two decades of experience in mortgage operations, Don brings a wealth of knowledge to his role. As a dynamic leader, Don has a proven track record of cultivating high-performing mortgage departments and fostering team productivity. He possesses a keen ability to identify operational challenges and implement innovative solutions. Don's strengths lie in relationship-building and cross-sector collaboration, which he leverages to align HCA's partners towards shared objectives. Prior to his tenure at HCA, Don held key positions such as Senior Vice President at Oceanside Mortgage Corp., and Director of Lending at Neighborhood Housing Services of NYC. His diverse background includes roles at esteemed institutions like First Republic Bank, Morgan Stanley, and Equity Mortgage. Don holds a BA in Organizational Leadership from Biola University, complemented by certifications in Credit Risk Management from the American School of Mortgage Banking and Fair Lending & Compliance from the National Training Institute. Notably, he is also a certified Corporate Coach and an accomplished motivational speaker. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Don remains dedicated to continuous learning and self-improvement. He has earned a certification in Theology from Oxford University and is on track to complete his MBA from the University of East London. Don is actively involved in various organizations, holding memberships in the United Nations Association, National Mortgage Bankers of America, National Coaches Alliance, National Minority Mortgages Association, and the National Speaker Bureau.


Steve D. RemingtonSteve D. Remington

Chief Operating Officer – Ark-La-Tex Financial Services, LLC dba Benchmark Mortgage, Past President, TMBA

Steve is responsible for the day-to-day lending operations of the company’s retail and wholesale origination platform, from point of sale through secondary marketing and servicing.

Steve’s mission for the past 19 years at Benchmark is to focus on the company’s operational infrastructure, investor/agency relations, superior client experience and overall profitability. Steve serves on the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association Board of Directors since 2014 (and is Past President for 2022-2023). After starting in the industry straight out of Texas A&M College Station in 1997, he chose to become a student of the mortgage industry, completing the North Lake College School of Mortgage Banking. Steve is also a graduate of the TMBA Leadership Institute’s as a Certified Mortgage Leader.


Gisele RogetGisele Roget

Founding Principal, Overbrook Square Group

Gisele Roget is the Founding Principal of Overbrook Square Group, a Washington, D.C.-based public affairs firm focused on the financial services and housing sectors. Since 2021, Overbrook Square Group has helped clients advance policies that empower individuals and communities to build wealth.

For over fifteen years, Gisele has held influential roles leading teams and directing policy in D.C. In 2023, Gisele joined the Board of Directors for Women in Housing and Finance. Gisele currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Homeownership Council of America and the National Advisory Council of the National Housing Conference. In 2019, Women in Housing & Finance recognized Gisele’s accomplishments with the prestigious “WHF 40 under 40” award. Gisele became the first Black woman to lead the Office of External Affairs for a federal depository regulator with her appointment as Deputy Chief of Staff for the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). Gisele’s achievements at NCUA included the launch of ACCESS, the agency’s financial inclusion initiative. Gisele secured key legislative victories in the landmark CARES Act of 2020 and the Fiscal Year 2021 Continuing Appropriations law that resulted in an additional $20 billion in reserve liquidity and regulatory relief for the credit union system. Gisele also served as the NCUA Chairman’s representative on the Financial Stability Oversight Council Deputies Committee. Gisele led the Office of Single-Family Housing of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) from 2017-2019 where she oversaw a team of over 700 staff and directed policy in the $1.2 trillion program for low- and moderate-income homebuyers. She expanded homeownership opportunities for borrowers seeking FHA financing for condominiums by finalizing the 2019 Condominium Rule. Gisele reduced regulatory burden by streamlining FHA’s core compliance forms and processes, the Annual Lender Certification, the Loan Certification and the Defect Taxonomy. Gisele successfully worked with Congress to secure over $40 million in multi-year funding for FHA Catalyst, a data-driven and fiscally responsible initiative to improve FHA I.T. systems. Earlier in her career, Gisele held roles at MetLife Inc. and at the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services. On behalf of MetLife, Gisele successfully lobbied for the enactment of the Insurance Capital Standards Clarification Act of 2014, the first substantive amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act. Between 2015-2017, Gisele was responsible for championing bills reported favorably by the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate Banking Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee. During her tenure on the Professional Staff of the Financial Services Committee, Gisele drafted housing provisions enacted in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Gisele graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in History.


Drew SchutzDrew Schutz

AVP, Director of Business Change Management, DHI Mortgage Company, Ltd.

Drew currently oversees DHI’s program for successful implementation of change throughout the company, including regulatory, industry and process improvements.

Previously, Drew led DHI’s Loan Product Department and Affordable Lending Team that supported a company goal of providing homeownership opportunities for all through research, development, launch and education of its affordable lending product offering. Drew started his career in mortgage as a Loan Officer Assistant and Mortgage Loan Originator.


Larry TempleLarry Temple

Chairman, Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees, Past General Counsel, TMBA (1970-2010)

Larry Temple graduated from The University of Texas School of Law with honors in 1959. After serving as a Law Clerk to US Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark (1959-1960), he was an Associate with the Austin law firm of Powell, Rauhut, McGinnis, Reavley & Lochridge from July 1960 to January 1963.

He was Legal Assistant and Executive Assistant (Chief of Staff) to Texas Governor John Connally from January 1963 to October 1967. He was Special Counsel to President Lyndon B. Johnson from October 1967 to January 1969. He has been practicing law in Austin since January 1969. He was a substitute instructor in Constitutional Law in 1962 and a visiting instructor in Legal Procedure in 1977 at The University of Texas Law School. The focus of Mr. Temple’s law practice has been in the representation of banks, savings banks, trust companies, and other financial intermediaries primarily in matters before state and federal financial regulatory agencies. Mr. Temple proudly served as General Counsel for the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association for more than 40 years until his retirement in 2010


Tamela ThurmanTamela Thurman

Director, Equitable Housing, Mission and Community Engagement, Single-Family Acquisitions Division, Freddie Mac

Mrs. Thurman creates strategies designed to eradicate disparities in homeownership and expand wealth for underserved communities.

She addresses and studies the complexities of racial disparity issues within the current housing construct. She explores bold and innovative approaches in concert with industry partners, uses data-based disciplines, and has a singular focus on equitable homeownership for communities of color.In her previous role as senior manager of affordable lending in Single-Family Client and Community Engagement, she led a team dedicated to creating strategic plans to assist lender clients in reaching their fair lending and CRA goals. A veteran of over 25 years in the mortgage industry, Mrs. Thurman joined Freddie Mac in 2015. Mrs. Thurman holds a Bachelor of Science in business and an MBA from Florida A&M University.


Reginal Uhl, CMBRegina Uhl, CMB

Partner, Sandler Law Group

Regina is an experienced residential mortgage lending professional with years of experience, both in-house and as outside counsel to national mortgage lenders and financial institutions.

She regularly counsels clients on a full range of residential mortgage lending issues, including state and federal regulatory compliance, loan documentation, private wealth, wholesale and correspondent origination channels, loan and loan servicing rights. She has deep experience with Truth in Lending Act requirements for residential mortgage loan origination. Sandler Law Group clients also turn to Regina for advice on the intricate and unique requirements of Texas homestead and marital and community property law. Regina is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Residential Real Estate, and she is licensed to practice law in Texas, Kentucky and Illinois. Regina’s professional affiliations include Texas Mortgage Bankers Association and the Mortgage Bankers Association, having obtained the Certified Mortgage Banker designation from MBA.


Lynn WoolseyLynn Woolsey

Managing Director, Asurity Advisory

Lynn Woosley is a seasoned executive with extensive risk management experience in consumer protection, regulatory compliance, consumer and commercial credit risk, credit and compliance risk modeling, model governance, regulatory change management, acquisition due diligence, and operational risk in both financial services and regulatory environments.

Over the last three decades, Lynn has held leadership positions including Senior Vice President and Fair and Responsible Banking Officer; Group Vice President for Wholesale Transaction Modeling; and First Vice President for Portfolio Management within the Enterprise Risk Management division of a top 10 bank. Prior to joining the private sector, Lynn served as Senior Examiner and Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. She also has 6 years’ experience in financial services consulting. With strong knowledge and experience across multiple risk disciplines, Lynn has been a featured speaker for several banking, compliance, and CRA conferences across the country. Lynn has authored numerous articles and presentations on financial institution risk management and consumer protection issues. She has also developed training materials related to fair lending, fair housing, UDAAP, credit risk management, credit scoring, and consumer protection topics. Lynn holds a BBA and an MBA from Middle Tennessee State University and an MS Finance from Georgia State University. She is a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager and a Commissioned Examiner of the Federal Reserve System. Lynn has also served as both Chair and Vice-Chair of the Consumer Bankers Association’s Fair and Responsible Banking Committee.


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