Future Leaders Program

The Future Leaders program of the Tennessee Mortgage Bankers Association was created by past TNMBA President, Retta Gardner, CMB and Dana Abernathy, CMB.  This will be the fourth year for the program.  The program is designed to educate and mentor individuals who are passionate about the industry and have the potential to be a future leader within their company as well as a desire to serve on the local, state and national association level.  

Future Leaders is ideal for any candidate who has experience in the Mortgage Industry and who has a passion to learn, grow, and develop leadership skills. It is for those who have 3-10 years of experience in the business, but people with less or more will be considered.  This is a tremendous opportunity to network with your peers and be a part of a great industry that changes people’s lives.  It will add value to yourself as well as your company.

This year, Retta Gardner with A Mortgage Boutique will be sponsoring our program.  Debbie Gadberry, CMB with A Mortgage Boutique, along with Lisa Lanik of MGIC, Donna Boling with MIG, and Karley Bond with Regions Mortgage will be facilitating the program.

Graduating candidates will receive, 10 Education points and 1 Industry Participation points , for a total of 11 points towards their CMB designation.

Curriculum 4 sessions:
1) Intro/Ethics/History of TNMBA/Success Signals
2) Secondary 
3) Servicing
4) Day on the Hill (Advocacy)

Candidate Commitment – in order to graduate and be recognized at the TNMBA Installation Luncheon at the Great River MBA Conference on April 21, 2022, candidate must attend all 4 courses.

Graduation – Plaques will be presented at the 2022 Great River MBA Conference TNMBA Installation Luncheon on April 21, 2022.

Cost:  $250.00


  • This program is recommended for those with 3-10 years in the business, but people with less or more experience will be considered. If you do not meet the minimum requirement of 3 years with your current employer, please list below your past employers below that help you meet the minimum requirement.
  • This will be an in-person class.
  • Must attend all classes to graduate the program.
  • Employer must be a present TNMBA Member to participate in the program.
 **Limited spots available.  All applications should be submitted by August 27, 2021.

If you have any questions please contact:
Debbie Gadberry, CMB at Debbie.Gadberry@amortgageboutique.com or Call (615)622-7600
Donna Boling at donna.boling@migonline.com or Call (865)414-8973
Lisa Lanik at Lisa_Lanik@mgic.com or Call (615)970-2526

Once you have completed the form, please submit your application below with the required documents below.

Future Leaders Class of 2021-2022 Application

If any questions please email us at info@tnmba.org.


Future Leaders Class of 2020-2021