A Tour of the Capitol
American Bancshares Mortgage was well represented last week at the tour of the State Capitol conducted by MBA Lobbyist Eric Prutsman. Current Florida MBA President Sandy Garcia, current Tampa MBA Chapter President Francine Villa and MLO’s Denise Drews and Oscar Cuervo from the Clearwater Branch got an amazing opportunity to go behind the scenes and witness our government in action. Also in attendance was one of our investors, MI partners and a few competitors.
We started our tour by observing some lively debates in the House of Representatives over amendments for On Campus Concealed Carry Permits and Open Permits, both of which passed the next day and are on their way to the Florida Senate for voting. According to Mr. Prutsman the debates and the voting pretty much followed Party lines and the outcome was not unexpected but the amendments may not fare so well in the Senate.
Our next stop was conducted by Ritch Workman, Chair of the Florida House Rules Committee who took us down to the floor of the House of Representatives while they were not in session for an up close look at where our elected officials work. On a side note, Representative Workman is a former owner of a mortgage company and twice past president of the Florida Association of Mortgage Professionals. He is a great friend and advocate of ours in the mortgage industry.
We also got a chance to take a close look at the floor of the Senate which surprisingly is not as high tech as the floor of the House. The desks that the Senators sit and work at have not changed or been upgraded since the building was constructed.
We finished up our time at the Capitol visiting with some Legislators in their offices and for a change one of them asked us for help instead of the other way around. It seems that there are a few bank owned properties in his neighborhood in severe disrepair and he asked our advice as to how to deal with them and the lender who owns them. Of course, we were more than happy to offer suggestions and our assistance.
American Bancshares Mortgage – Clearwater Branch
MBA of Tampa Bay Chapter