Future Leaders

Future Leaders of MBA of Alabama

The Future Leaders Program of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Alabama (MBAA) was introduced in 2007 by President, Todd Cheney. The main goal of the program is to educate and mentor future leaders of the Association. The purpose is to prepare individuals, who have committed themselves to the industry, for a committee chair or board seat. The individuals chosen each year become familiar with the operations of the MBAA and are required to participate in the activities throughout the year. (See Program Requirements)

The program creates a pool of future leaders who will be able to use the knowledge and experience gained in the program to make a difference in the Alabama MBA and obviously add value to themselves and their company. After being mentored they will have complete knowledge of how the MBAA is run, what is expected of them and how much time is required to dedicate to the Association before they accept a position.

Future Leader Graduates


Jake Belter – United Guaranty

Lisa Zeig – U.S. Bank

Sara Colvin- Renasant Bank

Stacy Eads- America’s First Federal CU


Mindy Hill

Scott Sherman

Lara Smith


Erin Brown, Regions Bank

Jeff Covin, Home Mortgage of America, Inc.

Al Hecklinski, Fairway Wholesale Mortgage Lending


William Keith Bice, InterLinc Mortgage Services

Adam Hammond, FirstBank Mortgage Partners

Rob Irby, Franklin American

Angel McGowan, FirstBank Mortgage Partners


Chris Hughes, Cadence Bank

Thomas Swarts, Cadence Bank

Lee Townsend, FirstBank Mortgage Partners

Ray Williams, SouthPoint Bank


Brad Johnson, Home Mortgage of America, Inc.

Mark Harmon, Renasant Bank


Andrea Garrett

Kreg Newman


Aaron Yoder, Synovus Mortgage Corp.

Marshal Worthington, ServisFirst Bank

Shannon Tyndall


Carrie Hamaker, First Partners Bank

David Cowart

Elizabeth Bogart, BBVA

Steven Castleberry, Regions Bank Mortgage

2019 Future Leader Graduates

Tara Hickey, River Bank and Trust
Brad Smith, FirstBank
Will Pappas, Renasant Bank
Rusty Bunn, Trustmark Bank
Mark Harmon, Renasant Bank, Past President and Future Leaders Chair