MINNEAPOLIS (Jan. 28, 2016) — Rodrigo Lopez, executive chairman of NorthMarq Capital Finance, a subsidiary of NorthMarq Capital, was sworn in as Chairman-Elect of the Mortgage Bankers Association at the MBA’s 102nd Annual Convention & Expo, October 18, 2015 and will officially kick-off the MBA’s Commercial Real Estate Finance conference on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. The MBA’s last Chairman from a commercial finance company was EJ Burke, Key Bank, who was MBA Chairman from Oct. 2013 – Sept. 2014.
Bill Emerson, CEO of Quicken Loans Inc. is serving as Chairman and J. David Motel, president of Colonial Savings FA as Vice-Chair.
Previously, Lopez was the founder, president and CEO of AmeriSphere Multifamily Finance in 2000. AmeriSphere originated $800 million of multifamily loans for the Fannie Mae DUS program and $125 million of FHA loans in 2014, and was acquired by NorthMarq Capital in 2015. NorthMarq Capital Finance has offices in Washington DC, Dallas, Denver and Omaha. He’ll become Chair of the MBA in October 2016, serving through October 2017.
“We are excited and proud to have one of our own lead the prestigious Mortgage Bankers Association,” said Ed Padilla, CEO of NorthMarq Capital. “Being named as Chairman-Elect is a well-deserved honor and reflects the extensive effort made by Rodrigo on behalf of all members of the MBA over his career. He will undoubtedly perform as an exceptional Chairman and elevate the MBA to even higher levels of notoriety, engagement, credibility and success.”
Lopez is an immediate past chairman of the MBA Commercial/Multifamily Board of Governors and served on the Association’s Board of Directors since 2009, along with a previous stint on the board from 2003-2004. He received MBA’s Distinguished Member Award in 2010, the Burton C. Wood Legislative Service Award in 2002 and the MBA Master Faculty Award in 2000. He also obtained MBA’s Certified Mortgage Banker designation.