Everett C. Spelman Award
Founded 1975
Presented periodically to an individual within a member firm for extraordinary contributions to the mortgage lending industry over a one to two year period, whose reputation of ethical and professional conduct with both the public and fellow lenders is exemplary, and whose record of service to the community and the mortgage lending industry is outstanding.

Mortgage Bankers Association National President 1971

Mr. Spelman was born and raised in Illinois and like many entered the industry during the depression. He explained once that he had been on someone's payroll since he was 11 years old. His father died when he was 14 and he told the story of a strong, Scott Irish, quiet and efficient mother that held the family of seven children together in those desperate times. In deciding on a career he thought his best opportunity would be in the field of shelter because there was always a need: thus began his real estate career.

His first real estate job began in Chicago in property management, leasing and development of apartment buildings. His early years were also spent as a construction superintendent on a number of building projects throughout Illinois and Michigan.

In the early days of the depression many of the life insurance companies were recruiting field representatives. He joined the Western and Southern life insurance Company of Cincinnati in the company’s real estate department. In that capacity he supervised the rehabilitation and management of properties as well as the liquidation of properties acquired through foreclosure. He later headed the real estate department for Western and Southern life until 1954 when he seized the opportunity to come to Denver as Vice President and manager of the Western Securities Company’s Denver office. One year later he was elected a director and eight years later, president of the firm.

A virtual requirement of the time for most real estate officers of life insurance companies was to become a member of the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers (MAI). Ev as he was called by his peers became a member in1954.

In the community, he was president of the Colorado Mortgage Bankers Association, president of the Colorado Chapter of the Appraisal Institute, Denver Board of Realtors and The Denver Chamber of Commerce. At MBA he was a frequent lecturer at the School of Mortgage Banking and Chaired the MBA’s Ethics and Standards of Practice Committee.

In Denver financial circles Mr. Spelman was affectionately known as “Mr. Mortgage Banker”.

Award Recipients
Year Name
2020 Calvin Ann Evans, CMB
2019 Not Awarded
2018 Not Awarded
2017 Not Awarded
2016 Not Awarded
2015 Not Awarded
2014 Not Awarded
2013 Debra W. Still, CMB
2012 Richard Solheim
2011 Not Awarded
2010 Jeff May
2009 Julie Piepho, CMB
2008 David Harder
2007 Not Awarded
2006 Jim Lewis
2005 Kathy Stein
2004 Jeff May
2003 Jay Wilson
2002 Bruce Hernandez
2001 Paul R. Franke, III Esq.
2000 Jon Clark
1999 De Wayne Perry
1998 George Hamblin
1997 Al Killeen
1996 Debra Collins
1995 Tom D. Kennedy
1994 Peter H. Lansing
1993 Norman F. Peterson
1992 Kim R. Starley
1991 William T. Newell
1990 David C. Harder
1989 Everett C. Spelman, Jr.
1988 Fred Kirk
1987 Dutch Franz
1986 Dean Goodman
1985 M.C. Iverson
1984 Larry Nelson
1983 A. Bruce Bowler
1982 Charles Rhyne
1981 Terry Jones
1980 Zelie Berenbaum
1979 E. Michael Rosser
1978 Robert G. Boucher
1977 John Mizicko
1976 Roger Nelson
1975 Antone R. Bowler