While I thought I was escaping the cold, wintry weather of Maryland for the 70 degree F temperatures of Dallas, turns out it beat me here. Everyone was talking about the weather and it is understandable. I started worrying about if and how I would make it myself when I arrived at the airport on Monday. But those of us who made it were not disappointed.

I was pleasantly surprised at the number of people who did make it given the number of flight cancellations. As Monday evening approached, more and more people showed up and further encouraged me.

Despite being pushed back, the morning session featured inspiration from former Navy Seal and New York Times best-selling author Eric Greitens, who provided inspiration for everyone. It was appropriate that he talked about courage, dedication and commitment because these are the characteristics every mortgage industry executive possesses. This is evident by the people and companies that are still around and thriving, and seeing the new faces of the people who are driven by those same qualities.

I also liked the fact that Dovenmuehle Mortgage, Inc. Donated a $1 to the MBA Opens Doors Foundation for every mile walked by people who registered. This Walking Opens Doors challenge made me feel a lot better about having aching feet at the end of the day. I am sure I racked up at least 50 miles because everything is bigger in Texas, right?

All in all, despite the weather, the conference was very well attended and the MBA and hotel staff did an excellent job ensuring that attendees had what the needed to make it a successful event. And there were ample seats and tables for networking meetings. I am looking forward to going next years conference. Maybe somewhere in Southern California. I hear it never rains there.

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