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FreddieMacCONNECT
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

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Event Schedule

Sessions are open and you do not have to sign up in advance. Check back soon for a printable agenda and additional details.



Start Time End Time Title Description Speakers Track
6:00 PM 9:00 PM Opening Reception Help us kick off FreddieMacCONNECT at our opening reception and enjoy an evening filled with networking, good company, delicious food and lots of fun. Catch up with your peers, build new relationships with mortgage industry professionals and spend time with Freddie Mac teams and senior leadership. -- Partnerships
6:00 PM 9:00 PM CONNECT Marketplace Open Visit with our sponsors and industry vendors as part of our CONNECT Marketplace to learn about products and services that can help you manage and grow your business. -- Partnerships
Start Time End Time Title Description Speakers Track
8:00 AM 5:00 PM CONNECT Marketplace Open Visit with our sponsors and industry vendors as part of our CONNECT Marketplace to learn about products and services that can help you manage and grow your business. -- Partnerships
8:00 AM 9:30 AM Registration and Breakfast Fuel up and get ready for a full day of customized training and inspiring speakers. -- --
9:30 AM 10:30 AM Opening General Session: The Inside Track With Freddie Mac Join Freddie Mac's Single-Family leadership team as they kick off CONNECT 2018. Hear how the Freddie Mac team is CONNECTing you to growth –growth for your businesses, your careers and yourselves – through a variety of channels designed to take us to the next level in Reimagining the Mortgage ExperienceSM. Freddie Mac Single-Family Leadership:
Dave Lowman
Chris Boyle
Kevin Palmer
Donna Corley
Andy Higginbotham
Market Intelligence
10:30 AM 10:45 AM Refreshment Break -- -- --
10:45 AM 11:45 PM Training Sessions Click to view your training options Various Various
11:45 AM 12:00 PM Networking Break -- Various Various
12:00 PM 1:30 PM Lunch Keynote: A New Day for Homeownership Get the inside scoop from our CEO, Don Layton. He will offer you an insightful update on transformation at Freddie Mac, the direction of the industry, and how working together brings change and success. Bring your questions and ask Don what's on your mind. Don Layton
Chief Executive Officer, Freddie Mac
Market Intelligence
1:30 PM 2:30 PM Training Sessions Click to view your training options Various Various
2:30 PM 2:45 PM Refreshment Break -- -- --
2:45 PM 3:45 PM Training Sessions Click to view your training options Various Various
3:45 PM 4:00 PM Refreshment Break -- -- --
4:00 PM 5:00 PM Training Sessions Click to view your training options Various Various
6:30 PM 9:30 PM Dinner and Entertainment Unwind from a day of learning and growth with dinner and entertainment. Don't miss this opportunity to network with Freddie Mac leadership and other conference attendees in the mortgage industry. -- --
Start Time End Time Title Description Speakers Track
7:00 AM 12:00 PM CONNECT Marketplace Open Visit with our sponsors and industry vendors as part of our CONNECT Marketplace to learn about products and services that can help you manage and grow your business. -- Partnerships
7:00 AM 8:00 AM Registration and Breakfast Fuel up and get ready for the remaining customized training offerings and inspiring speakers. -- --
8:00 AM 9:00 AM Keynote Speaker Join #LeadingtheWay – an interview with Sallie Krawcheck, CEO/co-founder of Ellevest and renowned businesswoman, on advancing women in the housing industry. We’ll discuss smart new ways to reimagine the mortgage experience and create more business opportunities and growth. Women supporting and helping to advance other women is key to all our successes. Sallie Krawcheck
Dave Lowman
Chris Boyle
Innovation
9:05 AM 10:05 AM Training Sessions Click to view your training options Various Various
10:05 AM 10:15 AM Refreshment Break -- -- --
10:15 AM 11:30 AM Closing General Session:
Perspectives on the Mortgage Market
Grow your industry expertise by joining a panel conversation with Freddie Mac leaders as they explore the current market and share their future outlook. Sam Khater
Kevin Palmer
Jeff Markowitz
Market Intelligence

Speakers

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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.

Sallie Krawcheck – Keynote Speaker

CEO & Co-Founder, Ellevest

Sallie Krawcheck is the CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, a digital-based investment platform tailored to the needs and interests of women. The New York City-based, privately held company was named a top 50 "Disruptor" by CNBC and is valuated at $83.3 million (PitchBook). She has served as Chair of the Ellevate Network, a resource for women professionals, since 2013. READ MORE.

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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, 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.

Jeff Markowitz

Senior Vice President, External Relations and Corporate Communications, Freddie Mac

Jeffrey S. Markowitz is the senior vice president of external relations and corporate communications. In his role, he oversees congressional, state and industry relations, which includes the company's work with trade groups representing homebuilders, realtors, lenders, and housing advocates. He also oversees public relations and social media, marketing, internal communications, market research and the company’s web presence.

Donna Corley

Senior Vice President, Division Chief Risk Officer, Single Family Division, Freddie Mac

Donna Corley, division chief risk officer for Freddie Mac’s Single-Family business, is motivated by innovation and how she can bring a fresh perspective to managing risk. She's proud to lead a team of approximately 475 employees that is responsible for analyzing and managing the risks that impact Freddie Mac's Single-Family business of financing more than 1.5 million homes annually.

Andy Higginbotham

Senior Vice President of Strategic Delivery, Single Family Division, Freddie Mac

Andrew (Andy) Higginbotham is the Senior Vice President of Strategic Delivery in the Single-Family organization. He is responsible for the development and management of Single-Family strategic initiatives from concept through implementation, maintenance and enhancement.

Special Events

Sunday Night Opening Reception

  • 23, September, 2018
  •  Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
  • 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Clear Capital

Enjoy an evening filled with networking, good company, delicious food and lots of fun. Catch up with your peers, build new relationships with mortgage industry professionals and spend time with Freddie Mac teams and senior leadership.

Monday Night Reception

  • 24, September, 2018
  •  Theater on the Lake
  • 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Ellie Mae

Unwind from a day of learning and growth with dinner and entertainment at Theater on the Lake. This location is in a historic building that offers breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and Chicago's skyline. Don't miss this opportunity to network with Freddie Mac leadership and other conference attendees in the mortgage industry.

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Price

 
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Standard Registration

$499

  • Standard rate from August 16 –
    September 23

     
 


Substitutions/Cancellations

If you are unable to attend, a substitute may attend at no additional charge. Send requests for substitutions in writing to Conferences_Events@freddiemac.com. 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.

Testimonials

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
Auction.com

Gold Sponsors

Black Knight
LoanBeam
Radian

Silver Sponsors

FICS
First American Mortgage Solutions
FormFree
 
Computershare Loan Services
Mortgage Capital Trading
 

Bronze Sponsors

 
DataVerify
DocMagic
 

Exhibitors

Resitrader
Adfi
MIAC Analytics
 
MGIC
SingleSource
 

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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.

InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
FreddieMacCONNECT Hotel Conference Rate: $199 + taxes.
Make your reservations by September 7, 2018 to receive the conference rate.


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

Location

  • Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
  • 540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
  • +1-312-836-0100
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Parking

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

Both parking options include in/out privileges.

Transportation

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.