(Originally published in the May 2013 issue of The National Notary magazine)
From our first Conference 35 years ago, our goal was to create a national community for Notaries where you could network with your peers and gain critical education, information and support. I like to believe that we have delivered on that promise.
This year, however, the NNA 2013 is so transformative that the program has evolved beyond all expectations. For the first time, an unprecedented number of executives and representatives of the country’s largest mortgage lenders and title companies will address Signing Agents and other attendees about the sweeping changes that are transforming the industry.
Their participation represents a sea change in industry recognition about the importance of the notarial act in American commerce. These leaders will address you directly about the most important issues affecting the mortgage industry, particularly such pressing signing matters as the regulatory initiatives coming out of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, issuances from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and mandates that emerged from the National Mortgage Settlement.
As Robert A. Camerota, Sr., of First American Mortgage Services notes in his interview with The National Notary, mortgage companies understand how important Signing Agents are to the loan origination process and are scrutinizing what happens at the signing table to comply with government mandates, improve customer service and strengthen their brands. Consequently, lenders are raising their expectations for Notary Signing Agents in terms of training, certification, professional conduct and, importantly, understanding new compliance rules.
The NNA 2013 schedule includes two general sessions and a panel discussion conducted by mortgage industry executives — focusing on the new impact of regulatory standards, the training required for compliance and prospective employment opportunities.
NNA 2013 represents a historic opportunity for mortgage industry leaders and NSAs to discuss the future of the signing industry. This will be a must-attend event for Signing Agents looking to maximize their success. I look forward to seeing you in Austin.