NAMB Honors Accomplishments of Members in 2013

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Mortgage professionals take center stage for volunteer efforts throughout the year

The Association of Mortgage Professionals has announced its 2013 Annual Award winners. The winners were recognized during the NAMB National Conference, held at Harrah’s in Las Vegas.

The NAMB 2013 Affiliate of the Year Award Winner was Franklin American Mortgage Company. Founded in 1993, Franklin American is a privately-held mortgage banking firm located in Franklin, Tenn. And a full-service professional mortgage banker licensed to provide residential mortgages across the nation as an FHA Direct Endorsed, VA Automatic, a LAPP authority and a Fannie Mae-, Freddie Mac- and Ginnie Mae-Approved seller/servicer.

Each year, NAMB’s president recognizes those whom he or she felt went above and beyond their calling as volunteers and honors them with the NAMB President’s Award of Merit. This year, NAMB President Don Frommeyer, CRMS recognized the following four individuals for their work on behalf of NAMB in 2013: John Stevens, CRMS from ENG Lending in Draper, Utah for his service as PAC Chair and NAMB National Committee Chair; Joel Berman, publisher of Wantagh, N.Y.-based National Mortgage Professional Magazine for his work on National Mortgage Professional Magazine, the Official Publication of NAMB; James Nabors, CRMS from Citizens Bank in Ohio for his continued support of NAMB; and Ryan Riesterer, NAMB’s Corporate Attorney from Riesterer Law & Consulting Ltd. in Colorado for overseeing NAMB+ and their contracts.

The Kathy Love Volunteer of the Year Award went to John H.P. Hudson, CRMS, vice president of regulatory affairs at Premier Nationwide Lending in Texas, and current Communications Committee Chair for NAMB, for his work on Capitol Hill on behalf of NAMB and mortgage professionals nationwide.

Nominees for NAMB’s Mortgage Professional of the Year for 2013 were John Stevens, CRMS of ENG Lending in Utah; Richard Bettencourt, CRMS of Mortgage Network in Massachusetts; and Olga Kucerak, CRMS of Crown Lending in Texas. The award went to Olga Kucerak for her dedication and work on behalf of the mortgage profession.

More than 125 mortgage professional were on hand to honor their peers and celebrate the accomplishments of the nominees and award winners at the famous Las Vegas Quad Resort & Casino in the Automobile Museum. The Museum’s showroom features more than 250 antique, muscle, famous and historically significant cars, as well as special interest vehicles, worth in excess of $100 million.


Since 1973, NAMB—The Association of Mortgage Professionals has been the voice of the mortgage broker industry, representing the interests of mortgage professionals and homebuyers. Its mission is to promote the highest degree of professionalism and ethical standards for members through programs and services such as education, professional certification and government affairs representation. In addition, NAMB members subscribe to a specific code of ethics and best lending practices that foster integrity, professionalism and confidentiality when working with consumers. For more information, visit

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