Your Connection to Growth

As our industry evolves, finding ways to grow business is more challenging and important than ever. Freddie Mac is here to help you meet today's business demands by clearing the path and elevating your business through technology, data-powered decisions, products and partnerships.

What to Expect

Join us at our third annual FreddieMacCONNECT (CONNECT) client conference, where you'll get training on creative ways to expand homeownership and reimagine the mortgage experience. Walk away with actionable best practices to create a faster, simpler and less costly path for you and your customers. Let's CONNECT to share ideas and perspectives toward our common purpose – to move the housing business forward.

Who Should Attend?
  • Selling and servicing executives
  • Secondary market officers and loan officers
  • Underwriters
  • Default and performing loan managers
  • Production management and operations staff

Watch the 2017 CONNECT highlights

Event Schedule

Sessions are open and you do not have to sign up in advance. Check back soon for the full agenda – which will include descriptions, speakers and timing.

Session Name
General Session: Turning Trends into Growth Opportunities
Borrower of the FutureSM
Removing Blind Spots in QC and Fraud
Session Name
Advancing the Industry with Single Security
Evolving with eMortgages
Investor Reporting Change Initiative: The Big Picture
#LeadingTheWay Panel Discussion
Maximize Your Product Solutions
Navigating the Affordable Lending Landscape
Optimize Execution Options with Servicing-Released XChangeTM
The Driving Force: Servcing Policy Now and the Road Ahead
Session Name
Investor Reporting Change Initiative: Service Loans Application Impacts
Keeping Up with the Manager Series & Scorecard
Maximizing GSE AUS Outcomes – A Case Study
Loan Advisor Suite Enhancements: Workflows to Improve the Borrower Experience
Loan Advisor Suite Enhancements: Income and Assets
Loan Advisor Suite Enhancements: Condos
Session Name
Simplifying the Experience for Transfers of Servicing
Skyline Chat on Default Management
Ramp Up Your Quality
The New Focus in Underwriting
Unpacking Underwriting for Self-Employed Borrowers
Your Critical Role When Disaster Hits Homeowners
Zero In on First-time Homebuyers with HomeOneSM
Session Name
CONNECTing with You: Welcome Reception
CONNECTing with You: At the Marketplace
CONNECTing with You: Monday Night Reception
Investor Reporting Change Initiative: Partnering with Black Knight
(Invitation Only)
Powerful Partnerships with Secondary Marketing Platform Providers
Success with Subservicers



Don Layton

Chief Executive Officer, Freddie Mac

Don is leading the nation's effort to ensure responsible access to mortgage credit for working families and also to finance workforce rental housing. He will be at CONNECT to talk about how we can move housing forward together, and the critical role you play in the housing ecosystem.


Dave Lowman

Executive Vice President, Single-Family Business, Freddie Mac

Dave is leading Freddie Mac’s effort to Reimagine the Mortgage ExperienceSM. He's responsible for managing the company's relationships with its Seller/Servicers, the performance of Freddie Mac's guarantee book of business, securitization of new business, and all sourcing, servicing and business operations.

Chris Boyle

Chief Client Officer and head of the Single-Family Sales, Marketing and Relationship Management team, Freddie Mac

Chris will discuss how to take big and small ideas to drive value and service. She is responsible for sourcing Freddie Mac's Single-Family business, which includes national lending, regional lending, community lending, and corporate accounts. She also oversees all customer engagement activities.

Kevin Palmer

Senior Vice President, Single-Family Portfolio Management, Freddie Mac

Kevin is the leader of Freddie Mac's guarantee book of business, pricing and analytics, servicing and REO. He will discuss how you can service loans more efficiently and how innovation and technology can help you grow in today’s market.

Sam Khater

Chief Economist, Freddie Mac

Sam will share insights on the current and future state of the housing market so you can be at the forefront of our industry. He is responsible for research, analysis and forecasts of the macroeconomy with a special focus on housing and mortgage markets.



Early Bird


  • Save $100, register by August 1

Standard Registration


  • Standard rate from August 2 –
    September 23



If you are unable to attend, a substitute may attend at no additional charge. Send requests for substitutions in writing to If a substitute is not named and you do not cancel your registration or you don't attend, your organization will be charged the full registration fee of $499.00. To cancel your registration, please refer to your registration confirmation email for the link and confirmation number to modify your registration.


Hear from past attendees and sponsors about the CONNECT experience.

"I would highly recommend that other partners come participate, sponsor and exhibit. It's a really great brand opportunity as well as networking opportunity."
Dee Khullar – Sr. Partner Marketing Manager, Ellie Mae (Sponsor)
"This was my first CONNECT and my favorite session was on the recapitalization of the GSEs. It gave great insight into where the industry is headed."
Mike Limback – Loan Origination Manager, MB Casey Bank

"The sessions spoke directly to what was going on in my line of business. I can take this back to my organization and be better in the future."

Katrina Chandler – Loss Mitigation Manager, Citizens One Home Loans
"The overall experience was great. I got to bounce ideas off of people and see how other companies do things, but also get feedback from Freddie Mac as to how we can be more productive and use their resources better."
Amanda Riesburg – VP, Mortgage Lending, Iowa Savings Bank

Event Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors! Your partnerships are critical to our success. Interested in being a sponsor? Click here to view sponsorship opportunities.

Platinum Sponsors

Ellie Mae
Digital Risk
Clear Capital

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Location Details

Hotel Reservations

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
FreddieMacCONNECT Hotel Conference Rate: $259 + taxes
Make your reservations by August 24, 2018 to receive the conference rate.

Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 12:00 p.m.



Off-site parking, fee: $48 daily
Valet parking, fee: $61 daily

Both parking options include in/out privileges.


Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

Hotel direction: 15 miles SE
Estimated taxi fare: $40 (one way)
Subway service, fee: $2.25 (one way)

Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)

Hotel direction: 12.1 miles NE
Estimated taxi fare: $45 (one way)
Subway service, fee: $5 (one way)

Getting Around Town

Chicago is a walking city with an easy-to-navigate downtown grid. Numerous public and private transportation options are also available. Click here to learn more about Chicago Transit Authority, water taxis, bike sharing and more.