Speakers

Steven G. Day, NTP

Steven Day is executive vice president and division manager for Fidelity National Title Group. In that capacity, he has management responsibility for the direct, agency and commercial title operations in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Prior to assuming his current position in 2010, Steven served as regional manager for the Northeast Region of the Fidelity National Title Group. Since joining the company in 1986, he has held a variety of positions including Rhode Island state counsel and Rhode Island state manager for Chicago Title, as well as New Jersey state manager for both Chicago Title and Ticor Title's direct and agency operations. Before joining Chicago Title in 1986, Steven was a practicing attorney, admitted in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Steven earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Bridgeport and his juris doctorate from Suffolk University in Boston.

Anne Grady

Anne Grady is an internationally recognized speaker and author who shares humor, humility, refreshing honesty, and practical strategies that can be applied both personally and professionally to improve relationships, navigate change, and triumph over adversity.

With a master’s degree in organizational communication and more than 20 years of experience working side-by-side with industry gurus, political and educational leaders, and executives, Anne addresses audiences worldwide on topics including change management, resilience, leadership, communication, and emotional intelligence. Her expertise is growing talent, offering up timely solutions and building subtle, yet sustainable change in teams and organizations. In her book, 52 Strategies for Life, Love & Work, Anne provides practical strategies to improve relationships, increase productivity and reduce stress.

In her new book, Strong Enough: Choosing Courage, Resilience and Triumph, Anne draws from her personal life experiences that touch the hearts and minds of audiences helping them use adversity as a catalyst to grow “strong enough”.

Anne is a two time TEDx speaker, and her work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Fast Company and Inc. magazines, CNN, ESPN, and FOX Business.

J. Christopher Phillips

Chris Phillips began his career in the title industry in Douglas County, Colorado in 1975.  He became involved with national underwriters early in his career and then spent 26 years working in several leadership roles, including president, at a Texas-based regional underwriter where he was responsible for building the agency network and increasing revenues throughout the Southwest.

Chris is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a bachelor's degree in finance.  He is a member of the American Land Title Association, Land Title Association of Arizona, New Mexico Land Title Association and the Texas Land Title Association where he serves on the board of directors as President Elect.  He is also on the TLTAPAC board as a trustee.  In 2010, he was awarded the TLTA's highest honor of Title Man of the Year, which recognizes significant and longtime contributions to the title industry and the association.

Evan Smith

Evan Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, a pioneering nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization whose deep coverage of Texas politics and public policy can be found at its website, texastribune.org, in newspapers and on TV and radio stations across the state, and in the print and online editions of the Washington Post. Since its launch in 2009, the Tribune has won international acclaim and numerous honors, including a Peabody Award, thirteen national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association and three general excellence awards from the Online News Association. Evan is also the host of 'Overheard with Evan Smith', a weekly half-hour interview program that airs on PBS stations around the country. Previously he spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as the magazine's editor and a year as its president and editor in chief.

Edward M. "Ted" Smith, JD

Ted Smith is Board Certified in Labor and & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has been listed as one of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Labor and Employment Law since 2010, and was recently honored by that publication as the Austin “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Employment Law - Management. In addition, Mr. Smith has been named as a “Texas Super Lawyer” in the field of Labor Law by Texas Monthly magazine since 2003, and selected to the list of "Top Attorneys in Texas.” Cornell Smith Mierl Brutocao Burton, LLP also recently earned the honor of Top Employment Law Firm in the state of Texas among small law firms by that same publication.

Mr. Smith specializes in representing employers in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, from litigation and appeal to training and advice. In particular, Mr. Smith has significant experience litigating and counseling clients regarding federal and state employment statutes (including Title VII, the TCHRA, the FLSA, the ADEA, the ADA, the FMLA, and the NLRA), as well as wrongful discharge claims, non-competition and theft of trade secret matters, individual employee rights issues, retaliation under workers’ compensation laws, and matters related to union and individual employee arbitrations. His experience also includes addressing international employment issues.

Mr. Smith graduated from the University of Notre Dame (B.B.A., cum laude, 1991) and received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1994. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Smith served in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where among other aspects of his practice, he litigated federal labor and employment claims before the EEOC, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Office of Special Counsel, and the Office of Special Complaints. Thereafter he joined the national labor law firm of Littler Mendelson in Dallas, where he litigated a full range of labor and employment issues in state and federal court, and also gained experience in representing employers in labor grievances, arbitrations, and union elections. Mr. Smith joined the Austin office of Jenkens & Gilchrist in 2000, where he continued his labor and employment law practice until co-founding the law firm that is now Cornell Smith Mierl Brutocao Burton, L.L.P. in 2003.

Mr. Smith is a member of the Texas Bar Association, Austin Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section (Secretary 2003–2004; Treasurer 2004-2005; Vice Chair 2005-2006; Chair 2006-2007), and the American Bar Association. He is licensed to practice in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Western, Eastern, and Southern Districts of Texas, the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Wayne M. Stanley

Wayne M. Stanley is the owner of Bowe Digital, a small business marketing firm based in Indiana. Under Wayne’s direction, Bowe Digital offers innovative and outstanding brand power to title insurance companies of all shapes and sizes through branding, superior content, social media engagement and website creation. Previously, Wayne served as Director of Public Affairs for the American Land Association (ALTA) in Washington, D.C. While at ALTA, Wayne helped to develop the Homeowner Outreach Program (HOP), ALTA’s education and marketing initiative to increase industry awareness. Wayne also increased the association’s social media presence over 150% and grew its footprint with national and local media outlets. Using his experience from five years as a staffer in the United States Senate, he also led the expansion of the Title Action Network’s advocacy arm to a record 14,000 members in all 50 states promoting the land title industry. As a culmination to many of these efforts, in 2016 Wayne was recognized by BizNow as one of Washington, D.C.'s Top Association Innovators.

Insurance Commissioner Kent Sullivan

Kent Sullivan was appointed Commissioner of Insurance by Gov. Greg Abbott on September 21, 2017. He oversees the Texas Department of Insurance, which regulates the insurance industry and protects consumers. The agency has almost 1,400 employees statewide and an annual budget of more than $110 million.

Commissioner Sullivan has 35 years of legal experience. He previously served as a justice on the Texas Court of Appeals, a state district court judge, and first assistant attorney general for the Texas Office of the Attorney General.

Before joining TDI, Commissioner Sullivan was in private law practice. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Houston and Austin Bar Associations, and a life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He has served on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, the Texas Center for the Judiciary Board of Directors, the Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee, and the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee.

Commissioner Sullivan received his law degree and a bachelor of arts from the University of Virginia.