We are honored to be invited to be a part of episode 166 for CMBA Connect this week. Susan Milazzo, CEO of CMBA sat down with Greg Vacura, President of Agile Trading Technologies, to discuss his journey into the mortgage industry, how companies can make themselves stand out from the competition, and why Greg believes that the California MBA is so vital to the mortgage sector.
Mr. Vacura is available for any questions regarding this insightful conversation. We would love to hear from you!
The California MBA, representing hundreds of companies and tens of thousands of California employees, is the leading advocate for the industry in the largest mortgage/real estate market in the nation. The California MBA represents residential and commercial/multi-family mortgage bankers, as well as their essential vendor partners.
Susan has led the California Mortgage Bankers Association (CMBA) since 2004. The organization’s membership is comprised of residential and commercial mortgage bankers and the companies that provide services to those industries. California MBA’s main objective is to represent the real estate finance industry before the California State Legislature and regulatory agencies. Prior to California MBA, she owned an association management firm in Sacramento California providing management and consulting services to a variety of professional organizations. From 1991 through 1996, Susan owned a political fundraising firm in Sacramento with a client base comprised of Republican candidates and elected officials for the State Legislature, local and statewide races. From 1988 through 1991 she served as a Legislative Assistant to a member of the California State Assembly. Her first campaign position was an administrative role on the Reagan-Bush 1984 Presidential campaign in the California headquarters. She lives with her husband on a walnut farm in Oakdale, CA.
Mr. Vacura is a thirty-year mortgage industry veteran who previously served as SVP of Correspondent Pricing at Wells Fargo Funding, where he managed all aspects of correspondent mortgage pricing including the mandatory trade desk, best efforts lock desk, and revenue analytics. Mr. Vacura has been a proven pioneer throughout his career, changing the mortgage industry through groundbreaking innovations like the PerformanceWorks seller grading program, bid tape AOT loan sale deliveries, and a patented AI machine-learning loan-level bid automation system. He’s now been tasked with applying that deep industry expertise toward achieving Agile’s mission of creating a better MBS market. Mr. Vacura prides himself on prioritizing and developing his teams, fostering trust, loyalty, and collaboration. He holds a degree in Business Management from Hamline University and enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and three children around their Minnesota home.