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Rawls College to Host Webinar Focused on Commercial Banking During & After the COVID-19 Pandemic

April Chavez

Rawls College

Leaders from the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association and Texas Bankers Association will also sit on the May 1 panel.

WHAT: Rawls College will lead a panel discussion focused on the impact of COVID-19 on commercial and mortgage banking.

WHEN: Friday, May 1, 2020 at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Zoom webinar

EVENT: Rawls Responds: Today's Commercial Banking Environment

As the United States continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the banking industry is at the forefront of many financial support and response efforts.

The Jerry S. Rawls College of Business will host a free webinar on May 1 addressing the many challenges commercial and mortgage bankers may be facing as small businesses and individuals seek help to complete loan applications and navigate financial situations impacted by job losses, slowed sales and declining profits.

Mike Mauldin

"In the midst of this pandemic, bankers have worked around the clock to deliver the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and counsel customers in regards to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA)," said panelist Mike Mauldin, director of the Excellence in Banking Program and associate professor of practice. "Additionally, as an unintended consequence, mortgage servicers have been overly stressed by the uncertainty surrounding the rules they were required to comply with to help consumers get through this time."

The webinar will address what types of issues banks might expect to see as the economy begins to reopen, continued implementation of SBA lending programs under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and mortgage banking and servicing concerns.

Mauldin will be joined by experts from the Center for Real Estate; Jared Harrell, assistant professor of practice, and Stephen Buschbom, assistant professor. Additionally, John Fleming, general counsel of the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association, and Chris Furlow, president of the Texas Bankers Association will join the panel to offer additional insight on the anticipated and lasting effects of the pandemic on the banking industry.

"We are excited to have Chris and John join us to recap some of the issues faced by bankers and mortgage servicers," said Mauldin. "We will also take a look ahead as to what we might be able to expect in the future."

According to Fleming, the future of banking will undoubtedly be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

John Fleming
John Fleming

 "A crisis that breaks down our normal channels of doing business does two things; it shines a light on a system's flaws that may have been hidden and it destroys the assumptions on which the old models were built," Fleming said. "Because we have had our traditional real estate closing processes locked down, this pandemic will quicken the rapid expansion of electronic mortgage platforms. And just like after Hurricane Harvey, we are seeing that our strict home equity consumer protections are not so much protecting consumers as they are prohibiting our industry from offering consumers the relief they need."

Furlow added that banks will play a major role as the economy looks to recover.

Chris Furlow
Chris Furlow

"Texas has the 10th largest economy on the planet. The double hit of the Coronavirus pandemic and drop in oil prices has changed the economic landscape overnight," said Furlow. "The role that Texas banks play in responding to the crisis will be pivotal to the resilience of Texas and the nation. We're looking forward to discussing how our banks are already making a difference, and what we must do in the months ahead to ensure that Texas leads the US on its path back to prosperity."

The webinar is free and open to the public but will be limited to 500 participants.

Zoom information:

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Webinar ID: 832 4508 1075

International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kSbHU7RZs

CONTACT: Jared Harrell, jared.harrell@ttu.edu, (806)834-1827