Why not head up to the beautiful Rocky Mountains before summer ends to enjoy the patio, some wine, and the gorgeous Vail Golf Course views? Well, we couldn’t think of a reason not to so Allison Baker and I packed up the car and headed out for a mini mid week work trip!  It’s ok, you can be jealous, we know that not everyone has the opportunity to go places they love for work!  Turns out the mortgage industry feels the same!  The excessive rain Colorado received this year made for some exceptionally green views and flowers more vibrant and bright than ever before, and I’m a native!

The CMLA held their 42nd Annual Convention at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort, August 5-7th, bringing to town some well know speakers: Amy Van Dyken-Rouen a 6 time Olympic Champion, Elliot Eisenberg with Graphs and Laughs LLC, Bill Emerson the Chairman-Elect of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), and Bill Brent the EVP of Production at the Academy Mortgage Corporation.

The highlight of the event is always the wine reception, but not only because of the wine. In general, the atmosphere they create always encourages an amazing networking event!  And let’s not forget, we need to give a special shout out to the ladies that run this event because it gets better every year! Jamie Letts, Abby Reynolds, and Zoe Duryea were wonderful hosts and a pleasure to get to know better.  By the way, we are hopeful we will be able to help get some quality video coverage of the event next year! 😉

Insider recommendations:  After asking everyone what they loved most about the event, their survey results were unanimous.  Between the golf tourney, the speakers & education, the wine reception, or the evening bowling event, we found that all were needed and loved… but the bowling is the place to bond with everyone you have met over your time at the conference; something everyone says not to miss!  Held at the quaint but sophisticated Bol Restaurant & Bowling Center in the heart of Vail. BONUS: the night is FREE with convention center registration so there is no room for excuses not to be there!

Cant wait for next year as Garlic Media Group continues to embrace the mortgage industry with open arms!  Speaking of our future plans;  we will be in San Diego, CA for the MBA, October 18-21st at the San Diego Convention Center! Hope to see you there!



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