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Admit it. You’re going for Kool and the Gang.

But it’s OK, just tell everyone that you’re going to the Mortgage Bankers Association of America’s 89th Annual Convention & Expo for the “Effective Strategies for Critical State Legislative Issues and Regulatory Trends” workshop instead.

The state and local workshop is scheduled for Oct. 18-19, and the 2002 Fall Commercial/Multifamily Executive Forum is scheduled for Oct. 21-22, both at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Other VIP’s even cooler than Kool are on the schedule for this year’s MBA convention: Former President George H.W. Bush and Rudy Giuliani, as well as Mike Ditka interviewed by On the Record‘s Greta Van Susteren. Other featured speakers include Captain James Lovell, Jr., Apollo 13 spacecraft commander, and Mel Martinez, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Workshops to sharpen industry and even interpersonal skills will be available, such as: Management Track: Dealing With Conflict in the Workplace; Technology Track: Bridging the Information Gap: On the Road to Achieving 100% Electronic Mortgages; Business Strategies Track: Trends in Production; and Business Strategies Track: What’s Going on with the Government Housing Programs?

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Themed “Decades of Discovery,” the convention is dedicated to remembering the association’s roots as the Farm Mortgage Bankers Association back in 1914. Besides the workshops, receptions, and networking opportunities, electing a new association president will be on the docket. James M. Murphy, CMB, chairman and CEO of New England Realty Resources, Inc., of Boston, was elected at last’s years convention in Toronto.

The expo will take place in the Riverside Center Exhibition Hall and in the Columbus Hall of the Hyatt. Exhibitors will want to note the improvements made in the Riverside hall, the larger of the two exhibition areas, since the convention brochure was originally released. These improvements include new light fixtures and have made the ceiling height 12 feet in most places, whereas the height previously ranged from 14 to 17 feet.

Exhibitors this year are able to get daily contact reports onsite or have them sent by e-mail to their office with the latest in lead retrieval technology. This new system uses miniature laser scanners to read attendee badges with a device no larger than a key, and exhibitors will be able to save $20 if they order theirs before Friday <Sept. 27>, according to Sept. 20’s MBA newsletter, EXPO Time Traveler.

Between hearing industry heavy-hitters, electing a new president, checking out exhibit booths, and attending classes such as “Increasing Portfolio Liquidity,” break out the bobby socks for the “Happy Days” shin dig, clink your double-old-fashioned to diversity at a reception celebrating variety in cultures, or slip on your spats for the Great Gatsby Roaring ’20s reception. 

And besides getting on your “Jungle Boogie” with Kool and the Gang, other digressive draws at this year’s convention are the Big Band Bash, a desert reception, and Beatles tribute band The Fab Four.

But you’re only going for the “Meeting Planning — Negotiating Hotel Contracts” workshop, right? 

For more information, visit http://events.mbaa.org/89th_annual/index.cfm.

Mortgage Expert

Mortgage Daily Staff