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Rock N’ Roll with us at the 45th Annual CMLA Convention!
Vail Marriott Mountain Resort • August 8 - 10, 2018
Events N’ Times
The 45th Annual CMLA Convention is three full days in Vail, CO! Convention kicks off with a golf tournament on Wednesday, followed by a welcome reception at the Vail Marriott. Thursday features three speaker sessions, one of which is our Keynote Luncheon Speaker, Polly Letofsky, the first woman to walk around the world! Select the dates in the tabs below for schedule details.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Golf package required to play
6:30 AM
Vail Marriott
Shuttle Buses Leave for the EagleVail Golf Course
6:45 AM
EagleVail Golf Course
Golf Tournament Check-In and Breakfast
8:00 AM
Shotgun Start
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Vail Marriott
(Meet in the lobby)
Women in Lending Hike
For those who don't want to golf, please join Bronwyn Morrissey for a casual and educational Women in Lending hike! Hikers should meet in the Marriott lobby by 11AM. The hike concludes at 1PM. Please bring water and sunscreen. After hike drinks are sponsored by Pacific Union Financial, LLC.
12:30 PM
Lunch and Awards
2:30 PM
Shuttle Buses Leave Golf Course for the Marriott
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Vail Marriott
Mountain View Patio
(Weather permitting)
Welcome Reception
Thursday, August 9, 2018
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Vail Marriott
Grand Ballroom - Salon F
By Invitation Only
Chairman's Circle Breakfast and Meeting
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Vail Marriott
Grand Ballroom - Salons G-J
Attendee Breakfast
9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Vail Marriott
Grand Ballroom - Salons A-E
Thursday General Session 1
A Discussion with MBA Chairman-Elect Chris George
Christopher M. George, Chairman-Elect of MBA, President and CEO of CMG Financial
Our resilient industry historically encounters challenges, headwinds, hurdles, opportunities and milestones, and today they seem to come at a much faster pace.
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Whether we’re talking about political or economic changes, regulatory adjustments, consumer demands, technological advancements, or the natural disasters that impact our customers, our industry stands ready to roll up our sleeves with passion, experience, and grit to get the job done. MBA Chairman-Elect Chris George provides a national update on just how much your passion and hard work have paid off and what lies ahead for the future of the mortgage banking industry. Then we’ll open the floor to a moderated Q&A to discuss with Chris our members’ perspectives and questions.
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Refreshment Break
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Vail Marriott
Grand Ballroom - Salons A-E
Thursday General Session 2
True Grit and the Culture Warrior
Kirk Weisler, Chief Morale Officer, Team Dynamics, Inc
If you want to win the culture war, you have to have the True Grit of the culture warrior. Your team is your tribe, and your tribe is the key to achieving victory through total engagement.
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Learn to create powerful and purposeful traditions and rituals that build community, commitment and enable you to create not just the culture you want, but the culture your people deserve. Kirk’s sessions are traditionally filled with immediately actionable content so you can go home ready to better engage your tribe as you engage better with your tribe. Culture Warrior?! In this session, you will learn how to cultivate the grit to be one!
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Vail Marriott
Grand Ballroom - Salons F-J
Keynote Luncheon and Awards
Little Steps: Big Feat: Life and Leadership Lessons from One Woman's Walk Around the World
Polly Letofsky, Motivational Speaker, GlobalWalk, Inc
On August 1, 1999, Polly Letofsky left her Colorado home and headed west. She traveled across 4 continents, 22 countries, and over 14,000 miles -- by foot -- to become the first woman to walk around the world.
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As an awareness campaign for breast cancer, survivors and well-wishers around the world came out to walk with her. Every day strangers welcomed her into their homes and shared meals. Across four continents she had dinner conversations with poets, politicians, country singers, olive growers, pig farmers and the female bomb maker in Australia. The world had embraced her.

But in the middle of Polly’s five-year journey, the world suddenly shifted on its axis when September 11 flung us all into a crossroads in world history.

To rapt audiences, she richly details her journey with humor and honest reflection, the good times and the hardships. Sometimes serious, sometimes funny, always inspirational, Polly’s program personifies the spirit of commitment and perseverance that will compel you to conquer life’s challenges -- one step at a time.

2:30 PM
Free Time to Enjoy Vail!
5:30 PM
Bōl Patio (weather permitting)
141 E Meadow Dr #113
Vail, CO 81657
By Invitation Only
Involvement Reception Party
We're bridging the gap between our MLPs, Committee Members, and both of our Boards at the Involvement Reception during the 45th Annual CMLA Convention. Former and current MLP Participants, Committee Members, Board of Directors, and Board of Governors are encouraged to attend!
7:00 PM
141 E Meadow Dr #113
Vail, CO 81657
Thursday Night Party
FREE Party for ALL Convention Attendees at Bōl
Friday, August 10, 2018
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Vail Marriott
Grand Ballroom
Gourmet Brunch
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Vail Marriott
Grand Ballroom - Salons A-E
Friday General Session 1
Seize the Day Not the Smartphone
Jeff Wozer, Speaker/Comedian

Jeff’s presentation heightens self-awareness to the control computers and smartphones now dictate over our lives.

To date, on average, we now check our phones 150 times per day. We now spend almost two hours per day on social media which over a lifetime equates to five years and four months squandered scrolling our screens. As a consequence we're viewing instead of doing. Living sedentary lifestyles. Treating life like a cheap approximation.

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Jeff meshes his 19 years as a nationally touring stand-up comedian with his outdoor lifestyle and his own computer screen struggles to deliver a compelling, yet refreshingly humorous, multi-media presentation that encourages unplugging from our electronic devices, stepping outside, and pursuing experiences rather than likes while, as a double bonus, enjoying the health benefits of the outdoors.

Imagine, if you will, Dead Poet’s Society meets National Geographic with a healthy dose of Comedy Central.

Schedule is subject to change without notice.