MBA Announces Round Of Promotions

Leaders at the Mortgage Bankers Association have announced a series of high-level promotions.

Justin Wiseman has been promoted to Vice President, Managing Regulatory Counsel. Heather Messam has been promoted to Vice President and Controller. Finally, Joel Kan has been promoted to Vice President, Deputy Chief Economist. 

Wiseman first joined MBA in 2012 and has held positions including Associate Regulatory Counsel and Director of Loan Administration Policy. He was promoted to Associate VP, Managing Regulatory Counsel in 2017.

“Justin has been a tremendous asset to MBA and an invaluable resource to our members, providing strategic direction and strong legal intellect on a plethora of regulatory compliance and policy issues during his decade-plus tenure,” said Pete Mills, MBA’s Senior Vice President of Residential Policy and Strategic Industry Engagement.

“I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this promotion, and I am fully confident that Justin will continue to be an exemplary leader and will successfully formulate and advance MBA member priorities on regulatory and legal matters.”

Messam began her career with MBA in 2001. She most recently served as Associate VP and Controller.

Before joining MBA she worked as an accountant at The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

In her new role as VP and Controller, her responsibilities will increase to include establishing and managing the accounting and financial operations of MBA and its subsidiaries.

“Heather is a consummate accounting professional who has delivered top-notch expertise and dedicated customer service on behalf of MBA and its members for more than two decades,” said Lisa Haynes, MBA’s Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Diversity & Inclusion Officer.

“Her meticulous attention to detail, passion for her craft, and superior project management skills will serve her well in her expanded – and much deserved – new role.”

Joel Kan will continue to lead MBA’s macroeconomic and housing market forecasts, as well as head the production of its industry surveys.

Kan will also continue his regular presentations on the economy and housing markets, and interviews with media outlets.

Kan began his career at MBA as a survey specialist in 2006. He was promoted to Associate VP of Economic and Industry Forecasting in 2015.

“Over the past several years, Joel has taken on an increased role at MBA conferences and other industry events, providing instrumental analysis and commentary to members and consumers on real-time data and trends. His keen sense on what’s happening in the mortgage market has made him an invaluable asset to our research team,” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s Senior Vice President and Chief Economist.

“Furthermore, Joel has been a go-to source for national and real estate trade media, regularly sharing trusted insights on what’s happening in the industry and the broader economy.”

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