On Tuesday, April 23, leaders from numerous government agencies and the mortgage servicing industry will convene at the historic Newseum in Washington, D.C., for the 10th annual Five Star Government Forum  (FSGF). This annual gathering is designed to bring together officials making critical decisions on the direction of the housing economy with representatives of the mortgage industry in order to ensure that sensible regulations are in place to protect the industry and the customers that it serves.
This year’s Five Star Government Forum will include some of the foremost thought leaders of the industry, as well as representatives from government agencies who are shaping the future of homeownership in this country. Speakers will include:
- Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  (HUD)
- The Hon. Brian D. Montgomery, Acting Deputy Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner, HUD
- Danielle Johnson-Kutch, Director, Office of Financial Stability, U.S. Department of the Treasury 
- Mark McArdle, Assistant Director, Mortgage Markets, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 
- Mark Palim, VP and Deputy Chief Economist, Fannie Mae 
- Leslie Meaux Pordzik, Acting SVP, Office of Issuer and Portfolio Management, Ginnie Mae 
- Sandra Thompson, Deputy Director, Division of Housing Mission and Goals, Federal Housing Finance Agency 
“The Five Star Government Forum is an important platform for government officials and industry stakeholders to engage in open communication to foster a collaborative working relationship to ensure progress towards a stronger, sustainable housing market,” said Ed Delgado, President and CEO of Five Star Global. "We look forward to hosting Secretary Carson and many other industry leaders at this year's gathering.”
Carson is scheduled to deliver the morning keynote, with Montgomery delivering a keynote later in the afternoon. This year’s agenda features planned discussions surrounding common-sense policy reforms, the state of the industry, policy and regulation updates, risk mitigation, and more.
"The Five Star Government Forum represents a rare—and invaluable—opportunity for government and industry leaders to share ideas and insights,” said Marcel Bryar, Founder, Housing Gears, LLC . “We all benefit from the Forum, and the best practices shared there improve policy and compliance."
"The Five Star team has put together an all-star lineup for the 10th annual Five Star Government Forum," said Jodi Gaines, Vice Chair, CRFS. "Simply put, the decision makers and those that can influence impactful change will be in attendance. This forum is too good to miss."
Tim Rood, Chairman of the Collingwood Group , told DS News, “Access to adequate and affordable housing is a bipartisan issue that has reached critical mass. The issue spans socioeconomic and geographic boundaries which can no longer be ignored. The FSGF provides influencers and stakeholders in the developing affordability crisis the forum and opportunity to explore practical solutions for policy makers to consider.”
“We value the Forum because it advances the conversation about housing,” said Michael Waldron, Chief Compliance Officer, Bayview Loan Servicing . “It brings together thought leaders on policy, operations, and compliance to share experiences and insight that result in actionable takeaways that add to the evolution of our industry and the manner in which we serve consumers.”
Other featured FSGF speakers will include representatives from Altisource ; the American Enterprise Institute ; Bayview Loan Servicing; the Collingwood Group; CRFS ; Experian Consumer Information Services ; FICO ; Finicity ; FinRegLab ; Housing Gears, LLC; the Milken Institute ; the National Association of Realtors ; Treliant, LLC ; Trott Law, PC ; and the Urban Institute .
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Editor’s note: The Collingwood Group is a client of the Five Star Institute, the parent company of DS News.