George W. Bush—43rd President of the United States and Founder of the George W. Bush Presidential Center
Bill Hart—Executive Coach, Building Champions
David Horne—Lobbyist and Consultant, David L. Horne, LLC
Nisa Reyes Howard—Executive Vice President of Compliance, PrimeLending
Ari Karen—Principal, Offit Kurman
J. David Motley, CMB—Chairman-Elect, Mortgage Bankers Association
Mark K. Updegrove—CEO, National Medal of Honor Museum
George W. Bush is the 43rd President of the United States. He was sworn into office on January 20, 2001, re-elected on November 2, 2004, and sworn in for a second term on January 20, 2005. Prior to his Presidency, President Bush served for 6 years as the 46th Governor of the State of Texas, where he earned a reputation for bipartisanship and as a compassionate conservative who shaped public policy based on the principles of limited government, personal responsibility, strong families, and local control.
President Bush was born on July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut, and grew up in Midland and Houston, Texas. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University in 1968, and then served as an F-102 fighter pilot in the Texas Air National Guard. President Bush received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1975. Following graduation, he moved back to Midland and began a career in the energy business. After working on his father’s successful 1988 Presidential campaign, President Bush assembled the group of partners who purchased the Texas Rangers baseball franchise in 1989. On November 8, 1994, President Bush was elected Governor of Texas. He became the first Governor in Texas history to be elected to consecutive 4-year terms when he was re-elected on November 3, 1998.
Since becoming President of the United States in 2001, President Bush has worked with the Congress to create an ownership society and build a future of security, prosperity, and opportunity for all Americans. He signed into law tax relief that helps workers keep more of their hard-earned money, as well as the most comprehensive education reforms in a generation, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. This legislation is ushering in a new era of accountability, flexibility, local control, and more choices for parents, affirming our Nation’s fundamental belief in the promise of every child. President Bush has also worked to improve healthcare and modernize Medicare, providing the first-ever prescription drug benefit for seniors; increase homeownership, especially among minorities; conserve our environment; and increase military strength, pay, and benefits. Because President Bush believes the strength of America lies in the hearts and souls of our citizens, he has supported programs that encourage individuals to help their neighbors in need.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked our Nation. Since then, President Bush has taken unprecedented steps to protect our homeland and create a world free from terror. He is grateful for the service and sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform and their families. The President is confident that by helping build free and prosperous societies, our Nation and our friends and allies will succeed in making America more secure and the world more peaceful.
President Bush is married to Laura Welch Bush, a former teacher and librarian, and they have twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna. The Bush family also includes two dogs, Barney and Miss Beazley, and a cat, Willie.
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Even before Bill joined the Building Champions coaching team, he was helping people close the gap between dreams and reality. By asking questions, digging deep into people’s lives and offering a valuable outside perspective he’s helped lead others to success one by one.
Bill came to Building Champions after enjoying a dynamic 25-year sales and consulting career highlighted by the development of long-term relationships and high profile visibility in the real estate and mortgage industries, primarily in the areas of sales and marketing, public presentations and strategic partnering.
Bill's experience includes serving as Director of Recruiting for the Southern California Region of Century 21® Real Estate Corporation and Senior Vice President of The Duncan Group, where he traveled the country speaking to real estate and mortgage audiences about high performance agents in the real estate industry.
Over the past 17 years, Bill has been the voice of the TalkJet monthly audio interview series that showcase top-producing real estate agents. During that time, Bill has interviewed over 200 of the country’s top REALTORS®. He has also been featured in a variety of industry publications sharing his observations on the mortgage industry and what separates top performers.
Passionate about showing appreciation for American troops, Bill actively supports The Boot Campaign, a grassroots initiative designed to show troops our appreciation, raise awareness for the challenges they face when returning home and financially support their transition. He also serves on the board of The Sparta Project, a leading PTSD treatment program that works with First Responders. Bill currently lives in Moorpark, California, with his wife and enjoys "doing life" with his family, working on a current book project and playing golf.
Lobbyist and Consultant, David L. Horne, LLC
David has spent most of the past 14 years providing government relations advocacy and strategic advice for a broad range of clients. Prior to starting his own lobbying practice, David spent six years working for Representative Rick Lazio as his Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel for the House of Representatives Banking, Housing, and Community Opportunity Committee. During 2008-2009 David was the Chief of Staff for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In addition, David served as Senior Advisor, and as part of the management team, for Mr. Lazio’s Senate bid.
Some of David’s current and past clients include Community Mortgage Lenders of America, Multifamily Lenders Council, Veterans United, Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan Chase, National Grid, National Low Income Housing Coalition, American Optometric Association, National Association of Realtors, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, HBK Investments, American Land Title Association, San Diego Housing Commission, National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association, SentriLock, Real Estate Valuation Advocacy Association, Free Flow Power, Fall River Electric Cooperative, United Guaranty, and Mortgage Investors Corporation.
In his practice, David interacts extensively with Congress and the Executive Agencies, primarily the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and the Office of Management and Budget.
From 1990 to 1995 David practiced law with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles and Washington where he worked mostly on bankruptcy, real estate, and corporate reorganization cases. David received a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
David has worked on a number of political campaigns and for three years was the political director for the National PAC. He also worked briefly for the Department of Labor, Department of Commerce, United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, and Representative Cleve Benedict (R-WV).
David is married to Connie Lausten. They live in Washington with their three wonderful, young children.
Executive Vice President of Compliance, PrimeLending
Nisa Reyes Howard serves as the Executive Vice President of Compliance. She is responsible for managing PrimeLending’s Compliance Department and functions, which includes monitoring of the regulatory environment, testing of regulatory compliance, operations and sales support, document management, and regulatory relations.
Nisa has been in the financial services industry for more than 20 years, with an emphasis on mortgage lending. She has held several senior compliance roles and is a State Bar of Texas Licensed Attorney.Prior to joining PrimeLending, Nisa served as Senior Compliance Director of the Independent Review Group for CitiMortgage with oversight of the National Mortgage Settlement; Director of Production Compliance for MetLife Bank N.A. which supported both Forward and Reverse Originations; and several roles for Bank of America Home Loans (formerly Countrywide Home Loans), including 1st Vice President—Wholesale Compliance and Operational Risk and Production Attorney in the Legal Department.
Ari Karen is an experienced litigator who focuses his practice in representing financial institutions in both government investigations and litigation before state and federal trial and appellate courts nationwide. He represents clients on matters concerning banking regulations, Dodd Frank financial reform laws, contractual disputes, employment and labor statutes, wage-hour class actions, employment discrimination and fair lending matters, whistleblower complaints and non-competition claims, among others. Mr. Karen is a Principal in Offit Kurman's Financial Institutions Regulatory and Labor and Employment practice groups, as well as the CEO of Strategic Compliance Partners (SCP).
Chairman-Elect—Mortgage Bankers Association
David Motley, Chairman-Elect of the Mortgage Bankers Association, is President of Colonial Savings, F.A. and its divisions -- Colonial National Mortgage and CU Members Mortgage.
Colonial Savings, a federally chartered thrift institution headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, maintains a network of eight depository branches and 23 loan production offices, and now services more than $26 billion in residential home mortgages. With more than 36 years in the banking and mortgage finance sector, David oversees the management of consumer/commercial banking; consumer direct, retail and credit union mortgage channels; as well as human resources, legal and marketing functions.
David has been an active member of MBA for more than two decades. He serves as the 2017 Chairman of MBA's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He has also served on MBA's Board of Directors for six years, and has served on MBA's Residential Board of Governors (RESBOG) since 2008, including two years as RESBOG Chair. David has participated on MBA's Secondary and Capital Markets, Residential Loan Production and Loan Administration Committees, and as the Servicing-21 Working Group Co-Chair. He has received MBA's Andrew D. Woodard Distinguished Service and Top 25 Member Heads of Mortgage Awards. Dedicated to grassroots advocacy, David has been an active member of the Texas MBA (TMBA) since 1995. With the TMBA, he has served on numerous committees including Government Relations, Convention, TMBPAC, Legislative, and Young Mortgage Bankers. He served on the Board of Directors from 1999-2005.
He has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, is a graduate of the School of Mortgage Banking, and holds a Certified Mortgage Banker designation. David was also a member of the Community Bank Advisory Counsel for the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau in 2015 and 2016.
CEO, National Medal of Honor Museum
An author and former media executive, Updegrove will become the CEO of the newly minted National Medal of Honor Museum planned for the Charleston harbor in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. Formerly, Mark K. Updegrove served as the fourth director of the LBJ Presidential Library.
During his tenure at the library, he hosted the Civil Rights Summit in 2014, which featured Barack and Michelle Obama, George W. and Laura Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter, and the Vietnam War Summit in 2016, which included John Kerry and Henry Kissinger. He also oversaw the renovation of the library's core exhibits on President Johnson and his administration.
He has authored four books: Second Acts: Presidential Lives and Legacies After the White House (2006); Baptism by Fire: Eight Presidents Who Took Office During Times of Crisis (2009); Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency (2012); and Destiny of Democracy: the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library (2015). His next book, The Last Republicans: George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush--the Boundaries of Love and the Limits of Power, will be published by HarperCollins in November 2017. He has conducted exclusive interviews with five U.S. presidents.
Updegrove has also written for American Heritage, The Nation, National Geographic, Parade, Politico, Texas Monthly, The Daily Beast, The New York Times, Time, and is a contributor to ABC News on matters relating to the presidency, and a contributor to CBS Sunday Morning.
Earlier in his career, Updegrove served as manager of Time in Los Angeles; president of TimeCanada, Time's separate Canadian edition and operation; and publisher of Newsweek in New York.
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