CRES will be making a post-pandemic return to the annual Five Star Conference and Expo in Dallas Texas. Scheduled for September 18-20th, at the Hyatt Regency, the event is likely to draw thousands of professionals in the real estate and financial services industry. If you’d like to meet with us next week, please email email@example.com. We still have appointments available!
The American Mortgage Diversity Council provides best-in-class education on issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion. The organization fulfills this commitment, in part, through the production of a newsletter which educates readers on cutting-edge topics influencing diversity and inclusion within the mortgage industry. The Spring 2019 newsletter is out now. Continental Real Estate Services has representatives serving on the Mortgage Banking Relations Committee and the Education and Training Committee of the AMDC.
Click here to download the newsletter: https://mortgagediversitycouncil.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/AMDC-Newsletter_Spring-2019.pdf
Katie Van Hook with Continental Real Estate Services will join a distinguished panel of presenters next week in a webinar discussing diversity and inclusion initiatives in your company. The webinar is part of a series made available to the industry by the American Mortgage Diversity Council. CRES leaders currently serve on the Education and Training Committee as well as the Mortgage Banking Relations Committee. Click here to register for the free webinar: REGISTRATION LINK
Check out the latest update from the American Mortgage Diversity Council. Continental Real Estate Services proudly serves as a member of the AMDC. We recently attended the member summit in Dallas, Texas where we discussed diversity and inclusion challenges with the industry’s leaders.
Here’s what you’ll find in the latest Spring edition:
• A history of progress – Travel with Kim Morris, SVP Tax Services at Accumatch, as she chronicles 60 years of progress, from Affirmative Action to the inclusion movement of today. Morris acknowledges how government efforts have helped along the way but reminds us of the much more pivotal role community plays in diversity’s progression.
• More to be done – As Charmaine Brown, Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Fannie Mae, sees it, D&I has “…come a long way, baby.” Brown discusses the industry’s evolution from compliance-based inclusion programs to focusing on more bottom-line value adds. Yet despite this growth, she says, there is much work still to be done—and research on the successes of minorities and woman in mortgage proves it.
• Diversifying the workforce – Assimilating those with disabilities into the workforce can lower turnover rates, provide valuable tax credits, and increase loyalty from the customer base. Monika Peltz, SVP of Default Title Operations at First American Mortgage Solutions, provides great insight into this often-overlooked fact.
• Haitian-American home ownership – The plight of Haitian Americans in their pursuit of the American Dream of home ownership is felt by many members of their community. Consolidated Credit Solution’s Maria Gaitan, Director of Housing Counseling, and Meghan Alard, Finance Writer, discuss the challenges many Haitian Americans face because of lower household incomes, higher home prices, insufficient homebuying knowledge, and language barriers.Here’s what you’ll find in the latest briefing…
The winners of this years contest were:
White Chili – Jen Boudreau
Original Red Chili – Joel Arney
Hot Chili – Jenn Swenson
Vegetarian Chili – Beverly Nation
Biggest Loser WINNER!
EASY WAYS TO STAY HEALTHY THIS SUMMER
Choose Fresh: Beware of the working person’s snack trap. It is often easier and cheaper to grab a bag of chips or a candy bar when you’re famished. Instead, try to bring fresh vegetables and/or fruit with you to work. Buy groceries at the beginning of the week and package single servings of your favorite healthy snacks to stash in your desk. Planning ahead is key! Add Greek yogurt and almonds for a boost of iron, calcium and omega-3’s!
Read Labels: We all know many processed foods are not generally good for our health. At times, we can be fooled by packaging that claims, “All natural” or “Low in sugar.” The key to seeing through the packaging comes in the ingredient list – read it. The ingredients are listed in order of quantity, so the greatest quantities come first and the lowest come at the end. If dextrose, high fructose corn syrup, enriched flour or any unknown ingredients are listed near the top, chose something else! If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. If it’s “low sugar” but contains artificial sweetener such as aspartame, skip it. Got a mean sweet tooth? Try honey!
CRES team member Mary Kay Rapa and her daughter Jessica Rapa (both suffer from Lupus) participated in the Walk to End Lupus Now on May 2nd. Together they raised $300 in donations.
The Lupus Foundation of America is the only national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world’s cruelest, most unpredictable, and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. We envision a life free of lupus. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education, support and advocacy.