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WASHINGTON, DC-After two years with the Mortgage Bankers Association of America, Jonathan Kempner has been elected the real estate finance organization’s new president and CEO. Members of the Board of Directors elected Kempner to the post during their annual Presidents Conference. He originally joined the staff of MBA to serve as its COO.

“MBA has experienced many financial and institutional successes under Jonathan’s leadership,” notes MBA chairman John A. Courson. “Since his arrival in 2001, MBA has undergone a complete fiscal turnaround, staffing issues have been resolved and we are now, under Jonathan’s continued leadership, laying the foundation for even greater successes in the future.” Prior to coming on board at MBA, Kempner spent 14 years at the National Multi Housing Council, where he was president. At the time of the announcement of his impending move to MBA, Kempner spoke to GlobeSt.com’s John Salustri in an “UpClose” interview. Back then, he described some of the pressing issues in real estate finance, including predatory lending.

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