17 ways to make an entrance at #DigMortgage18

Before the mortgage experts featured at the 2018 Digital Mortgage Conference could talk the talk about innovation, first they had to prove they could also walk the walk.

Lenders, servicers and vendors got a chance to showcase their personalities with a variety of intro songs and inspirational quotes as they made their way onstage to share their mortgage tech insights.

Quicken Loans Vice Chairman Bill Emerson hopped on stage to AC/DC while loanDepot CEO Anthony Hsieh spoke on digital disruption for the industry alongside a quote from his dad. The National Mortgage News team brought some hip hop to the stage.

From music by Lil Wayne to a quote from Albert Einstein, here’s a look at 17 ways the #DigMortgage18 speakers made an entrance. The related links feature videos and stories from NMN's coverage of the conference.

Also check out the #DigMortgage18 Download playlist on Spotify, inspired by the presenters' walk-up songs.

The Digital Mortgage Conference took place Sept. 17-18 in Las Vegas.

Austin Kilgore, National Mortgage News
Session: Welcome and opening remarks

"I'm not a businessman; I'm a business, man"
— Shawn "Jay Z" Carter

Walk-Up Song: "Public Service Announcement," Jay Z
Anthony Hsieh, loanDepot
Session: Digital Disruption: Customer-Centric Acquisition Strategies and Service Convergence

"A fine meal always taste better when sharing and not dining alone"
— Norman Hsieh (Anthony’s dad)

Walk-Up Song: "Eminence Front," The Who
Daryl R. Grant, KPMG
Session: How to Differentiate in the Digital Era?

"…we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint"
— Romans 5:3-5

Walk-Up Song: "Good Life" Kanye West
Austin Kilgore, National Mortgage News
Session: Making Digital Mortgages Work in the Correspondent Channel

"Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade"
— Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Walk-Up Song: "Big Poppa," Notorious BIG
Joe Tyrrell, Ellie Mae
Session: Lender Realities vs Homebuyer Demands: Engagement from Interest to Application & Beyond

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see"
— Henry David Thoreau

Walk-Up Song: "Thunder," Imagine Dragons
Austin Kilgore, National Mortgage News
Session: Day one recap and Tuesday kickoff

"Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me"
— Michael Scott

Walk-Up Song: "Swag Surf," Lil Wayne
Bill Emerson, Quicken Loans
Session: Are you in the present or the past?

"Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing"
— Vince Lombardi

Walk-Up Song: T.N.T. by AC/DC
Penny Crosman, American Banker
Session: Interview with Bank of America's John C. Schleck on the Move to Digital Mortgage

"Innovation has nothing to do with how many R & D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R & D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it"
— Steve Jobs

Walk-Up Song: "Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)," Kelly Clarkson
John Schleck, Bank of America
Session: Interview with Bank of America's John C. Schleck on the Move to Digital Mortgage

"The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it"
— J.M. Barrie
Julian Hebron, The Basis Point
Session: Will Lenders Challenge or Be Part of Opendoor's Disruptive Home Buying Vision?

"You gain more by finding a rich mine and mining it deeper than by flitting from one shallow mine to another--intensity defeats extensity every time"
—Robert Greene

Walk-Up Song: "Da Funk," Daft Punk
Nate Harbacek, Opendoor
Session: Will Lenders Challenge Or Be Part Of Opendoor's Disruptive Home Buying Vision?

"The greater danger for most of us lies in not setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark"
— Michaelangelo
Jesse Decker, Roostify
Session: Getting Real World Implementation Right

"There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still"
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

Walk-Up Song: "Let's Go," Calvin Harris ft. Ne-Yo
Cindy Keith, Fannie Mae
Session: Navigating Unchartered Waters

"If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough"
— Mario Andretti

Walk-Up Song: "Raise Your Glass," Pink
Elina Tarkazikis, National Mortgage News
Session: Talking with Michael R. Drayne, SVP at Ginnie Mae, on Modernizing by 2020

"A lot of people always question, 'What else can she do, what else can she do?' And I'm going to show you"
— Cardi B

Walk-Up Song: "Mr. Carter," Lil Wayne
Michael R. Drayne, Ginnie Mae
Session: Talking with Michael R. Drayne, SVP at Ginnie Mae, on Modernizing by 2020

"Knowing what you don’t know is more useful than being brilliant"
— Charlie Munger
Steve Brown, The Bald Futurist
Session: How AI and Blockchain Might Change Everything

"There’s no fate but what we make for ourselves"
— Sarah Connor

Walk-Up Song: "Future’s so bright I gotta wear shades," Timbuk 3
Dave Savage, Mortgage Coach
Session: The Future of Fintech and Innovation in the Home Buying & Selling Ecosystem

"Technology isn't going to replace loan officers, but loan officers who master technology will replace loan officers who don't"
— Dave Savage

Walk-Up Song: "Beautiful Day," U2
#DigMortgage19 Sept. 23-24 in Las Vegas
The 2019 Digital Mortgage Conference will be held Sept. 23-24 at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas