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Upcoming events

AMBA Annual Top Producer Panel

  • 11/07/2018
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Austin Country Club 4408 Long Champ Dr., Austin, TX, 78746


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Austin MBA Luncheon

Annual Top Producer


Melanie Taliaferro

Melanie Taliaferro is a mortgage industry professional based in Austin, Texas.

Born in San Antonio, Melanie pursued her undergraduate degree at Stephen F. Austin State University and began her mortgage career over fourteen years ago, starting off a junior loan processor.  She fully ventured into a loan officer role in 2009 and opened her own branch in 2014. 

 Taliaferro has received multiple top producer awards and accolades including being recognized as a Top 1%  Lender by Mortgage Executive Magazine and receiving designations as a Five Star Professional, Austin Monthly Magazine Top Mortgage Professional, and nominee for Austin’s Top 40 Under 40.

Taliaferro has consistently produced $40 million or more in annual loan production over the past several years.

Khai Nguyen

Khai Nguyen grew up in New Orleans, LA. He graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Computer Science in 2001 and from the University of New Orleans with a Master’s of Business Administration in 2005. He started in the mortgage industry in April of 2011. Before working in the mortgage industry, he was a Realtor in the state of Louisiana from 2001 to 2006, and was an Insurance Agent with Allstate from 2006 to 2011. In 2017, Khai originated 407 loan units and over $85 Million in loan volume. 

He attributes his success to his hard work and dedication. He strives to always put the client’s best interest and satisfaction first. 

Khai is a huge New Orleans Saints fan. If he is not originating loans, he is watching the Saints and cheering for the Who Dat Nation!

Mark D. Smith

Mark Smith and his team pride themselves on open, transparent communication and quick turn times. They have three rules as a team: 1. Close loans on time. 2. Make sure people enjoy their mortgage experience. 3. Never violate rules 1 and 2.

They always work diligently and efficiently to ensure all parties enjoy a smooth, problem-free transaction and walk away from the process feeling very satisfied in their choice to use The Mark Smith Team with Legacy Mutual Mortgage for their mortgage needs. Helping people reach their personal and financial goals is what drives Mark and his team.

Mark has been in the mortgage industry for more than 23 years. He is a CORE graduate and twice has been through Todd Duncan’s High Trust Sales and Marketing Academy



The Austin Mortgage Bankers Association luncheon will be held on:

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

        11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.


Austin Country Club

4408 Long Champ Dr.

Austin, TX, 78746

Member price is $30 (in advance)

Guest price is $50 or at the door for everyone

RSVP today at the AMBA web site or respond via email to reserve your spot

  Become a member of the Austin Mortgage Bankers Association for 2018 by simply filling out the online membership form!

If you have any questions, please email or phone us directly:

Natalie Penland (
    - OR – Kathie Thomas (


Address: P.O. Box 27313 | Austin, TX 78755-2313 | Copyright Austin Mortgage Bankers Association 2014
Disclaimer: Austin Mortgage Bankers Association is not a chartered bank or trust company or depository institution. It is not authorized to accept deposits or trust accounts and is not licensed or regulated by any state or federal banking authority.

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