We are gathered today, to honor a special man who has distinguish himself for being a great professional, committed for years to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s mission, but specially we honor his persona, humanity and commitment to improve the lives of others through charitable work. I am speaking about our great colleague and true friend, David H. Stevens.
Over the years, we have closely followed his impressive career of more than 30 years, in which he has become a very important leader and authority on major mortgage finance legislative and regulatory issues, lately as President and CEO of Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), as well as through his previous position as Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Dave Stevens efforts have been recognized by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) Founders Award, who in 2013 honored his achievements in support of sustainable Hispanic homeownership. Nonetheless, he was included in Bloomberg’s “50 Most Powerful People in Real Estate” list, and twice recognized as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders” by Inman News.
His commitment towards the mission of the MBA Opens Doors Foundation, MBA’s national 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization for philanthropic ventures, is well known by all of us in the industry, especially after the intense efforts to help those affected by the aftermath of Hurricane María in our Island.
At the same time, we want to acknowledge his valuable personal support and the MBA of America’s efforts to help our country by authorizing donations totaling $55,000, which were given to two non-profit organizations working in Puerto Rico to help those affected by María. First, United for Puerto Rico, a joint effort between the First Lady Beatriz Rosselló and the private sector, and second, Americares, which provided over $3 million in essential medical supplies to our devastated Island.
For his commitment to improve the lives of others through his humanitarian work, and on behalf of the Board of Governors of the MBA, it is an honor for me to concede Mr. David H. Stevens, the “MBA Churchill G. Carey, Jr. Community Service Award 2018”.
This award was established a few years ago by the Board of Governors of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Puerto Rico to honor Churchill G. Carey, Jr., one of the pillars of the local mortgage banking industry and, in turn, a great humanitarian, recognizes the importance of voluntary work as a paramount way to improve the quality of life of others and at the same time recognizes those people who, through their selfless work, have been able to positively impact the people around them thanks to their noble and generous actions.
Once again, David Stevens receives all our admiration and sincere thanks for the valuable contribution to make this Island a better place. We know that his connection with Puerto Rico is an ongoing relationship with our Island and its people and assure this true bond will continue unaltered for years to come, and that we will always count with his friendship and support.