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History of NAPMW- Houston

History of NAPMW


On February 12, 1964, nine women with 161 years of combined experience in various fields of mortgage banking met in Seattle, Washington to consider the need for an organization to promote women in the mortgage lending professions. On April 22, 1964, the first association, to be known as the Seattle Association of Professional Mortgage Women, was officially formed. Other areas began to show interest in a similar organization. In February of 1967, the National Association of Professional Mortgage Women was chartered for the purpose of organizing Local Associations throughout the United States. Today, the Association is composed of approximately 4,500 members in over 80 Local Associations.


The National Association of Professional Mortgage Women (NAPMW) is a community of professionals who engage in the mortgage/banking industry. Men and women from all backgrounds have joined NAPMW because they want to excel at what they do. And employers who want excellence from their employees engage with NAPMW for up to date education. Both professionals and employers have found there is a place for them in NAPMW.


NAPMW is not a women’s organization. But since women make up the majority of professionals in the mortgage/banking profession, our purpose is to help them advance in business, personal and leadership development. We believe this is a cause everyone can stand behind. We also believe by providing the highest quality and most comprehensive education to our members – both men and women – they will be able to best serve their customers and succeed in their careers. If you believe in helping to elevate the educational standards in this industry, or assisting in developing the most competent industry workforce, then you believe in NAPMW. If you want to find a place where education, networking and life-changing results occur, then NAPMW is the place for you.


The History of NAPMW-Houston began due to a friendship between a Houston Mortgage Banker and a Phoenix Mortgage Banker. Glenyce Holly, an Underwriter for North American Mortgage in Houston, was a friend with Lyn Eppelstone in Phoenix. Lyn was a member of an organization called APMW and invited Glenyce to the National Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City in May 1981. Glenyce was so excited about the education and networking of APMW that she could hardly wait to share it with her mortgage friends back in Texas.


In August 1981, 35 mortgage women met for an informational meeting that quickly became an organizational meeting. Houston APMW was chartered two months later on October 14, 1981. After our association began, APMW exploded in Texas, with charters in San Antonio, Austin and Dallas.

Donning our cowboy boots, cowboy hats and yellow rose lapel pins, we attended our first National Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California in May 1982.

The National Board was not sure they had done the right thing by chartering these bold Texans after we arrived at the meeting!

We immediately bid for the National Annual Meeting to be in Houston in 1986, and imported cases of Lone Star longnecks for our reception. Joe Bob, a wooden armadillo on wheels, was our mascot and went everywhere with us.

Glenyce Holly became our first Region 3 Governor (in today’s system - Central Region VP) and we were off to the races! Literally, off to the races – one of our first fundraisers was a bus trip to Delta Downs, a Louisiana horse race track, where one of the races was named for Houston APMW. 

The history of NAPMW Houston is just starting – stay tuned for the next chapter!

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Code of Ethics


Members shall recognize the magnitude of the responsibility in accepting this field as a career, and shall engage themselves individually and collectively to further the purposes of the Association and bind themselves to the provisions of this Code.In fulfilling the obligations of our profession we...Shall adhere to the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws and Standing Rules and accept the responsibility of membership in this Association with integrity and dignity.Shall accord just and equitable treatment to all members of the profession in the exercise of their professional rights and responsibilities.Shall not misrepresent an institution or organization with which we are affiliated and shall take adequate precautions to distinguish between personal, institutional and organizational views.Shall be guided in all our activities by the highest ideals for which the National Association of Professional Mortgage Women stands, and be aware of our commitment to ourselves, the profession and the community.