“I think everyone is zoomed out – everyone wants a live event!” he laughed. “People are ready to get back to face-to-face and we’re ready to get person-to- person and see other industry peers. I think that’s the biggest thing this year.”

Bursting with enthusiasm, as though freed from the constraints of the COVID straight-jacket, White was aware of the irony, remarking that “one of the best mortgage years” in history also happened to be the one that saw him lead the organization from behind closed doors while the nation grappled with the pandemic.

“We’re going all out for business and the consumer – that is our theme this year. There’s something for everyone, and everyone will walk away with a great experience,” he said in eager anticipation.

During the four-day event next month, up to 2,000 mortgage professionals and more than 130 vendors will be able to engage in breakout sessions on issues as varied as affordable housing, reverse mortgages, and on how to help first-time buyers and self-employed borrowers.

White’s successor, Linda McCoy, who will be taking over as president prior to the event, will also be debating women’s empowerment in the industry.