This week the Mortgage Bankers Association announced that their CEO, David Stevens, would retire effective September of 2018. NAHREP released a statement about Stevens shortly after the announcement was made public. I am a product of the mortgage industry and was on the board of the MBA when they hired Mr. Stevens directly from his post as FHA Commissioner. I’ve known Dave for more than 15 years. He is a silky smooth speaker and shrewd negotiator and leader, but he has a soft spot for America’s underserved and minority communities. Under his leadership, the MBA and the mortgage industry rose from the ashes to an all-time high – and organizations like NAHREP surged into unprecedented prominence. This past year, Dave has been battling cancer. He has openly dealt with that challenge with courage, humor and uncanny dignity. Last year he penned a blog on his LinkedIn page sharing his personal feelings about his experience. Dave’s cancer is in remission. His health is in a good place and his legacy is secure.