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Register Today For MBA’s 21st Annual Commercial Real Estate Finance (CREF)/Multifamily Housing Convention & Expo

WHAT: The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) 21st Annual Commercial Real Estate Finance (CREF)/Multifamily Housing Convention & Expo 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 6, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — MBA’s CREF Convention & Expo is the nation’s largest annual commercial real estate finance/multifamily housing industry event. Members of the media are encouraged to attend general sessions and panel discussions to gather the most up-to-date information on commercial real estate trends and business practices as well as the industry’s economic outlook for 2011.

Session Topics Will Include:

• The State of the Industry
• Current State of FHA Multifamily and Healthcare Lending
• CMBS Outlook
• Multifamily Sources of Capital
• High Leverage Lenders
• The Value in Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Banking
• Doing Business After Washington Has Remade the World
• Primary Lenders – Changing Competitive Landscape

Speakers at the Conference Will Include:

•Jack M. Cohen, CMB CRI, Chief Executive Officer, Cohen Financial
•Timothy Gallagher, Morgan Stanley Mortgage Capital Holdings, Inc.
•Patrick G. Halter, Chief Executive Officer, Principal Real Estate Investors
•Diana Reid, Executive Vice President, PNC Real Estate/Midland Loan Services
•Stacey M. Berger, Executive Vice President, PNC Real Estate/Midland Loan Services
•Warren Friend, Managing Director, Financial Markets Advisory, BlackRock Financial Management Inc.
•Michael S. Robb, Executive Vice President – Real Estate Division, Pacific Life Insurance Company
• Michael D. Berman, CMB, President and Chief Executive Officer, CWCapital
• John A. Courson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mortgage Bankers Association
• Jay Brinkmann, Ph.D., Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Research and Economics, Mortgage Bankers Association
• Jamie Woodwell, Vice President, Commercial/Multifamily Research, Mortgage Bankers Association

WHEN: February 6 – 9, 2011

WHERE: Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA

CONTACT: Press credentials must be approved in advance. To apply for press credentials, please contact:

Melissa Key

For more information, or to register online, please go to MBA’s CREF Convention & Expo Web site at:


The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) is the national association representing the real estate finance industry, an industry that employs more than 280,000 people in virtually every community in the country. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the association works to ensure the continued strength of the nation’s residential and commercial real estate markets; to expand homeownership and extend access to affordable housing to all Americans. MBA promotes fair and ethical lending practices and fosters professional excellence among real estate finance employees through a wide range of educational programs and a variety of publications. Its membership of over 2,200 companies includes all elements of real estate finance: mortgage companies, mortgage brokers, commercial banks, thrifts, Wall Street conduits, life insurance companies and others in the mortgage lending field. For additional information, visit MBA’s Web site: