Presidents Message

President's Message

2021-2022 President’s Message:

I would like to thank the Mortgage Bankers Association of Tampa Bay for giving me the honor to serve as your President in 2021/2022. When I originally became a member of the MBA, I didn’t know how much the association would allow me to grow on both a personal and professional level. I joined for the networking and educational opportunities, but I quickly realized I needed to become more actively involved. I wanted to be part of the team it takes to make a difference in the mortgage industry. I joined the Board of Directors and the rest is history.

Last year during uncertain and unprecedented times, we had to adapt to a new way of doing business. Despite the challenges we faced, with mortgage rates at the lowest level we’d seen in decades the mortgage industry flourished. We were able to help many people lower their monthly payments or purchase a new home. We were very thankful that as an association we were able to find alternatives to continually deliver opportunities to learn and connect through virtual meetings. We even found ways to continue to raise funds for the Mortgage Bankers Political Action Committee (MPAC).

Our Executive Board and Board of Directors are planning a full calendar of face-to-face educational and fun events at Brio at the International Mall. Follow us on social media to keep up-to-date on the monthly events. We’ll be adding details to this website and our Facebook page.

Be sure to SAVE THE DATE for Wednesday, November 10 for our 37th annual auction fundraiser for the Children’s Home Network. We have so much to look forward to this year. If you’d like to sponsor an event, reach out to me to discuss opportunities to promote your company.

If you are currently a member of the MBA of Tampa Bay, thank you for your membership. If you are not currently a member, please consider joining today. Our mission is to keep members informed of Federal and State legislation and Agency changes which may affect their business, provide education through monthly meetings, and create opportunities to connect with peers on specific concerns and foster productive discussions as well as sharing of information.

Lastly, consider joining one of our eight committees (Children’s Home Network, Education, Event, Fundraising, Golf, Membership, MPAC & Web/Technology).  Serving on a committee it gets you more involved, gives you an opportunity to meet more members and is a great stepping stone to join our Board of Directors. Committees are an important outlet to get your voice and ideas heard.  Contact me if you are interested at mthanasides@republicbank.com or at 813-299-6202 and we can discuss more details of each committee.

Thank you,
Megan Thanasides

2021-2022 President, Mortgage Bankers Association of Tampa Bay