It would have been unlikely during the lucrative mortgage refinance boom, but today it just might be possible to lure a top mortgage bank executive to the top staff job at the Mortgage Bankers Association of America.

With fewer companies in the consolidating industry, there is less demand for chief executive officers these days, said Ron J. McCord, president of the MBA. "It would not surprise me if we had a number of candidates from within the industry-current and former CEOs of companies and former officers of the association."

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