The Mortgage Bankers Association's top lobbyist, Kurt Pfotenhauer, is leaving the position he's held for more than five years to run a 100-year-old trade association representing title insurance companies, title agents, abstracters, title searchers and attorneys. Pfotenhauer will become chief executive officer of the American Land Title Association on Jan. 7, the association announced today. Taking over for Pfotenhauer as senior vice president of government affairs for the Mortgage Bankers Association is Steve O'Connor, formerly senior vice president of public policy, the MBA said. The MBA announced seven other promotions in the government affairs department, including the appointment of Erick Gustafson as senior vice president of legislative and political affairs. Gustafson will oversee political outreach, including MBA's campaign spending through its Political Action Committee (PAC). Pfotenhauer -- who before joining the MBA in May 2002 served as chief of staff for Sen. Gordon Smit...
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