2020 Virtual Conference Schedule

What can you expect from our virtual conference?

You're going to get everything you asked for and more – networking with colleagues, connecting with industry vendors, informative and entertaining keynote presentations, continuing education credits and the TLTA traditions you've come to expect from our annual conference, plus the flexibility to come and go as needed to continue taking care of business.

Not sure you can commit to the schedule?

Not to worry, you’ll have the flexibility to come and go as needed and the schedule has been spread out over more days to make it easier to participate. Also, for the first time, substantive conference sessions will be recorded and available to attendees later, so you can take that important call, pop into your regular weekly team meeting or conduct a closing without missing any of the sessions available at this year's conference. 

Need CE?

We’ve got you covered with up to four hours throughout the conference. 

Looking for sponsors?

You’ll have the opportunity to get detailed information on products and services and connect with sponsors in the Sponsor Gallery, plus you’ll be able to meet with sponsors face to face in the Sponsor Marketplace. Be sure to check in with sponsors in the Sponsor Gallery for your chance to win door prizes in the Sponsor Marketplace!

What about the golf tournament?

The Bert Massey Classic benefiting the TLTAPAC has gone virtual too! Time to tee up for the PAC and this time you don’t even have to get your clubs out. Pick your fantasy foursome for Thursday’s PGA Tournament Play and watch the leaderboard unfold. It’s all for fun and to support the important work of our TLTAPAC with your $50 entry fee going directly to the PAC. Winning teams will be announced on Friday after the conclusion of the conference. Get ready to score some serious bragging rights! 
(Tickets must be purchased separately. Proceeds support TLTAPAC.)

Schedule-at-a-Glance 
(Please note: Times are tentative and subject to change. We appreciate your patience as we build the program. Check back for updates!)

MONDAY, JULY 13

ALL DAY
CONFERENCE NETWORKING LOBBY OPEN
Catch up with industry friends or conduct business with colleagues in our new face-to-face virtual environment that will make you feel like you just stepped into the hotel lobby or ballroom foyer. Special areas will be designated for networking and you’ll be able to make plans for your meet-ups throughout the entire conference. Open 24 hours.

1 - 2 PM
SPONSOR MARKETPLACE GRAND OPENING CEREMONY
Help us formally kick-off our virtual sponsor marketplace with this fun ceremony. Stroll around and get acquainted with the layout and learn how to easily hop from one sponsor table to another. Visit face to face with the more than 40 conference sponsors eager to show you tools to help grow your profitability, make your team more efficient, and more. Prize drawings will be announced throughout, so don’t miss this chance to be an early winner! Please Note: You'll want to enable your webcam and microphone so you can engage face to face. It's the next best thing to being there in person.

3 - 4 PM
OPENING SESSION

 


Opening Session: Real Estate and Economic Outlook With COVID-19 – All Bets Are Off!
Welcome to the Conference and our opening session where you’ll hear from this sought-after speaker and expert on the Texas Real Estate Economy. Dr. Gaines will walk us through the numbers, highlight the trends driving our current complex economic environment and help us understand what we might look for in the year ahead.
(1 Escrow Credit)

Jim Gaines, PhD
, Chief Economist, Texas A&M Real Estate Center
 
4 - 5:30 PM
MARKETPLACE MIXER: THE TLTA OPENING RECEPTION GOES VIRTUAL!
It’s happy hour somewhere, so bring your favorite beverage and mix and mingle in this fun interactive space. You’ll be able to hop from table to table, catch up face to face with old friends and make new connections, all while visiting the more than 40 exhibit tables of our supportive sponsors. Be sure to check in with sponsors in the sponsor gallery for a chance to win some great prizes. Winners will be announced throughout the mixer! Please Note: You'll want to enable your webcam and microphone so you can engage face to face. It's the next best thing to being there in person.

TUESDAY, JULY 14

ALL DAY
CONFERENCE LOBBY OPEN
Catch up with friends or conduct business with colleagues in our face-to-face virtual environment.
 
7 - 7:45 AM
STAY HEALTHY

 


Stay Healthy: Gentle Yoga for Increased Flexibility and Stress Relief
Combining gentle yoga and stretching, this health-focused session will ease stress and anxiety, increase joint flexibility, reduce low back pain, and more. No tools or special equipment needed – just come ready to focus on your health and breathe!

Mindy Caplan
, Personal Training, Yoga, Wellness Coaching, ACSM-CEP, ACE-CPT, GFI, MES, FTS
 
8 - 9:15 AM
TERRY GRANTHAM MEMORIAL TLTAPAC BYOBREAKFAST AND ANNUAL MEETING
Invest in your future and back the PAC while you enjoy breakfast.

 



Featuring Evan Smith and His Take on Pandemic Politics 
Grab a cup of coffee and your favorite breakfast treat and pull up a chair to hear perennial favorite Evan Smith share his take on what he calls pandemic politics, including what we can expect in the upcoming legislative session which commences in only seven months, the elections ahead, and more. New PAC Trustees will be announced as well as Legislator of the Year Award winners. Don’t miss this annual conference tradition.
(Tickets must be purchased separately. Proceeds support TLTAPAC.)


Evan Smith, CEO and Co-Founder, The Texas Tribune and host of “Overheard with Evan Smith,” Austin
 
9 - 10:30 AM
BYOCOFFEE: NETWORKING AND PRIZE DRAWINGS IN THE SPONSOR MARKETPLACE
Visit with our more than 40 conference sponsors to see how they can help you and your business. Don’t miss out on prize drawings! Please Note: You'll want to enable your webcam and microphone so you can engage face to face. It's the next best thing to being there in person.

10:30 - 11 AM
UNDERWRITER SECTION BUSINESS MEETING (by invitation)
Hear an Industry Issues Briefing from TLTA CEO Leslie Midgley and Director of Government Affairs Aaron Day and conduct annual section business.

11:30 AM - NOON
AGENT SECTION BUSINESS MEETING (by invitation)
Hear an Industry Issues Briefing from TLTA CEO Leslie Midgley and Director of Government Affairs Aaron Day and conduct annual section business.

NOON - 1 PM
BYOLUNCH: TABLE HOPPING, NETWORKING AND PRIZE DRAWINGS IN THE SPONSOR MARKETPLACE
Take a break, grab your sack lunch and check out all the tools and services our conference sponsors have to offer you and your company. While you’re there be sure to thank them for their generous financial support of our conference. And of course, listen for more prize drawings – good luck! Please Note: You'll want to enable your webcam and microphone so you can engage face to face. It's the next best thing to being there in person.


1:30 - 2:30 PM
AFTERNOON GENERAL SESSION

 


HEROES ARE ALWAYS ESSENTIAL - Being your best when it matters the most!
In this virtual adaptation of his renowned “The Hero Effect®” keynote, Kevin Brown moves from the main stage to your computer screen to share ideas, strategies and principles that will inspire and equip you to show up every day and make a positive difference in the lives of the people you serve and serve with. Discover how everyday heroes show up and do essential work in exceptional ways using the extraordinary gifts they already possess. At the heart of Kevin’s message is a simple, yet powerful philosophy for life that drives every thought, every action and ultimately every result we achieve both personally and professionally. Your team will be motivated to reach beyond what is required and do something remarkable!

Kevin Brown
, Motivational Speaker and Author
 
3 - 4 PM
LEARNING FROM YOUR PEERS:




Managing A Great Title Agency in Not-So-Great Times
Learn from fellow title agency managers how to keep your team motivated when things aren’t normal. Get tips on keeping your culture intact when some of your team is remote, including practical strategies for managing a home/office/hybrid workforce, using technology to your advantage, implementing practical healthy protocols and how and when to make the decision to return to the office.
(1 Escrow Credit)

Craig Haskins, Chief Operating Officer, Knight Barry Title, Milwaukee, Wis.

Josh Terry, Partner, Tennessee Title Services, LLC
 
5 - 6 PM
NEXT GEN NETWORKING HAPPY HOUR IN THE CONFERENCE LOBBY
Calling all Young Owners, Young Title Professionals and Leadership Academy Alumni. Here’s your chance to connect and catch up with your peers at this informal meet up. No program planned, just show up, BYOB and enjoy seeing old friends and making new connections.

5 PM
KEGS AND TAPS VIRTUAL HAPPY HOURS - TLTA Past Presidents and Spouses (by invitation)


WEDNESDAY, JULY 15

ALL DAY
CONFERENCE LOBBY OPEN
Catch up with friends or conduct business with colleagues in our face-to-face virtual environment.
 
7 - 7:30 AM
STAY HEALTHY

 


Stay Healthy: Recover From Hours at the Computer With Myofascial Stretching
Spending hours at the computer is hard on the body, causing decreased blood flow, fatigue, pain and more. In this health-focused session, we’re going to wake-up our bodies and relieve tightness in problem area with special myofascial stretches. If you don’t know what myofascial is, don’t worry - we’re going to guide you through this effective technique to relieve back and neck pain, improve flexibility, increase energy, and allow for greater muscular strength.

Laura Cartwright
, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, ELDOA Level 3 Practitioner
 
8 - 9:30 AM
BYOBREAKFAST: NETWORKING AND PRIZE DRAWINGS IN THE SPONSOR MARKETPLACE
Schedule appointments to visit directly with the sponsors whose products you are most interested in. Listen up for prize drawing winners! Please Note: You'll want to enable your webcam and microphone so you can engage face to face. It's the next best thing to being there in person.

9:30 - 10:45 AM
GENERAL SESSION AND ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
 




Featuring the State of the Industry by TLTA President Mike Savas and a Conversation With ALTA President Mary O’Donnell 
Don’t miss this important annual meeting of your association to see our new leaders installed, help us recognize some very special industry members and hear about the state of the industry both in Texas and on the national level. With our current pandemic environment and all the market changes that were already underway beforehand, what will the future look like for our industry? Hear how COVID-19 is affecting the way we do business now and what we can expect in terms of the changing face of title, real estate and mortgage lending going forward. Find out what our collective associations are doing to respond and ensure that you are equipped to navigate the new landscape. 
(1 Escrow Credit)


Mike Savas, 2019-2020 TLTA President, First American Title Insurance Company, Houston
 
Mary O’Donnell, ALTA President, Westcor Land Title Insurance Company, Maitland, Fla.

NOON - 1 PM
FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE SPONSOR MARKETPLACE - GRAND PRIZE DRAWING
Don’t miss this final opportunity to network and see the many products and services our sponsors have to offer, to thank them for their support and to be present for our grand prize drawing! Please Note: You'll want to enable your webcam and microphone so you can engage face to face. It's the next best thing to being there in person.

HOT TOPICS – CLOSING ISSUES:
1 - 2 PM



Top 10 Foreclosure and Bankruptcy Traps – They’re Coming Back, With New Twists
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked its havoc in parts of the economy. Title issues arising from bankruptcy and foreclosure have been basically absent for a while, but will now begin to reappear, with new statutory overlays. This session will include a few surprise appearances from familiar faces providing answers to questions that will help you learn, prepare and avoid being caught in the trap of non-compliance – it’s time.
(1 Escrow Credit)


Roland Love, Vice President, Business Alliances and Field Operations, Independence Title Company, Dallas
 
2:45 - 3:45 PM





Conducting Closings in a COVID World and Beyond - RON, RIN, Full Digital Closings and More
What do escrow officers need to know about these technologies to handle closings and serve consumers now and going forward. How are these technologies evolving and expanding during COVID and how might this unique time drive future adoption of these closing tools? What are the positives as well as the challenges with each of these new ways of conducting real estate and mortgage loan transactions and how will they affect title agents.
(1 Escrow Credit)


Marvin Stone, SVP, Industry Relations, Stewart, Houston

Scott Gillen, SVP, Industry Relations/Marketplace Strategy, Stewart, Houston
 
4 - 6 PM
IT'S PARTY TIME! TLTA' S PRESIDENT'S PARTY, PAC AUCTION AND LIVE MUSIC
 




We’re not going to let the pandemic get in our way of a good time and the TLTA Conference wouldn’t be complete without this annual tradition. So put on your party clothes and help us honor outgoing President Mike Savas at this reimagined annual tradition, complete with roasts, toasts, the popular PAC auction and an after party highlighting live music from Monte Good who’ll take requests for your favorite Texas music, plus more! Join us to thank Mike Savas for his service and send him off in style as he passes the gavel to incoming President John Bruce. Don’t miss it!

Jeff Copeland, Auctioneer

Monte Good


THURSDAY, JULY 16

9:30 - 10:30 AM
CLOSING SESSION:
 




Featuring Inspirational Keynote Speaker Roy Spence and The Power of Purpose in Business and in Life
At our closing session, newly installed TLTA President John Bruce will share his vision for the year ahead, followed by a very special keynote presentation by Roy Spence, Texas entrepreneur, Co-Founder and Chairman of GSD&M, a leading marketing communications and advertising company in Austin, and Co-Founder and CEO of The Purpose Institute, a consulting firm that helps people and organizations discover and live their purpose. Roy will share not only his personal success story in advertising but also his ideas, thoughts and lessons learned on how Purpose can be both an anchor in troubled times and our north star when the skies clear. Clear your schedule and do not miss this very special presentation that will leave you inspired and energized as we wrap up our first ever TLTA Virtual Conference!

Roy Spence’s presentation is graciously underwritten by Heritage Title Company in honor of 2020-2021 TLTA President John Bruce


John Bruce, 2020-2021 TLTA President, Heritage Title Company of Austin, Inc., Austin

Roy SpenceCo-Founder and Chairman, GSD&M, Co-Founder and CEO, The Purpose Institute, Austin
 

Thank You 2020 Conference Sponsors

 

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Interested in sponsoring?

To learn more about sponsoring this event, please contact Linda Timmons at linda@tlta.com.