ALTA President Cynthia Durham Blair is a founding member of the law firm of Blair Cato Pickren Casterline, LLC. She has been practicing residential and commercial real estate, REO and relocation law in South Carolina for more than twenty years. Cynthia is a frequent speaker on real estate and real estate-related topics at CLE and other real estate industry seminars around the country.
On September 11, 2001, Joe Dittmar, 40-year veteran of the insurance industry, attended a business meeting on the 105thfloor of Two World Trade Center. He is one of seven lives who survived that meeting of 54 insurance executives. Joe is a Chapel Hill, North Carolina resident and a founding member of the Naperville 9/11 Memorial Commission.
Steve Gemperle is a Senior Special Agent with the United States Secret Service assigned to the San Antonio field office who specializes in cyber-crime. Steve has been recognized as the US Secret Service’s top network intrusion investigator for the last 5 years. He was named one of the top 5 forensic investigators in the US Secret Service in both computers and mobile devices. He teaches computer crime and network intrusion investigations both domestically and internationally.
Alex Gould is a graduate of the University of Alabama in 2008, where he obtained his Bachelor of Finance with a concentration in Insurance. He started at CRC Insurance Services in 2009, where he continues to practice his specialty in Cyber and Professional Liability. He currently resides in Birmingham, AL where he spends his time with his wife Kelly and two sons, Welles and Hagen.
Kerry Hall serves as executive managing director for Texas Capital Bank, overseeing regional banking in Austin, Fort Worth and San Antonio. She is responsible for executing effective strategies and serving as the link between regional offices and the bank’s major lines of business. Active in civic organizations, she has served as the chair of the Austin Chapter of American Heart Association, co-chair of the Safeplace Celebration, and a classroom volunteer for Junior Achievement. In 2005, Gov. Rick Perry appointed her to Texas One, the Texas Economic Development Corporation Board, where she served as a board member until 2011.
Jerome Magana’s Select Specialty Insurance, which he started in 2009, provides insurance solutions for independent title agent in 42 states. Prior to founding Select Specialty Insurance, Jerome built and served as president of Stewart Speciality Insurance Services, where he focused on the independent agency force and helped create the escrow security bond being used in the market today.
John C. Martin, CAEP, CTIP
TLTA President John Martin is owner and President of Lone Star Title of El Paso. His title agent operations in Texas and New Mexico include Camino Real Abstract and Title Company, Hale County Abstract & Title Company, L.P. and Reagan County Abstract & Title Company. John’s service to the Texas Land Title Association stretches back more than 32-years. He is a current member of the Texas Title Insurance Guaranty Association and recently served as President of the Independent Title Agents of Texas.
Erika Meinhardt is Executive Vice President for Fidelity National Title Group, Inc., the largest title insurance company in the United States. In 2005 she was named President of Fidelity’s Agency Operations - a position she held until her semi-retirement at the end of 2017. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Cannae Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded company and is a Trustee on the Georgia State University Foundation Board.
Corey Perlman’s insights on how to drive business results through social media have been spotlighted by brands such as General Motors, The PGA Tour and Sysco Foods. His company, Impact Social, Inc., employs a team of highly-skilled digital specialists that manage the social media accounts for over 40 businesses. Corey’s latest book, Social Media Overload!, is ranked #1 on Amazon.com in every major business category.
Dr. M. Ray Perryman
Dr. Ray Perryman is President and CEO of The Perryman Group, an economic research and analysis firm based in Waco, Texas. His firm has served the needs of more than 2,000 clients including major corporations and the federal government. He has authored more than 2,000 trade articles, writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column, hosts a daily radio commentary, and appears regularly on National Public Radio. Dr. Perryman has been called a “genius” by The Wall Street Journal, a “world class scholar” by Business Week, the “unofficial state economist” by The New York Times, and “the most quoted man in Texas” by Texas Monthly.
Kathy Rapp is President and Managing Partner of hrQ, an award-winning HR services firm with offices in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Denver, Houston and San Francisco. Prior to hrQ, Kathy accumulated HR leadership experience with Four Seasons Hotels, Morgan Stanley and First Data, among others. Kathy serves on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Central Texas, and she was named one of “Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2014” by Houston Woman Magazine.
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, and in newspapers and on TV and radio stations across the state. Evan is also the host of “Overheard with Evan Smith,” a weekly half-hour interview program that airs on PBS stations around the country.
A 20-year veteran of the United States Secret Service with 31years of law enforcement experience, Tracy Steed is a supervisory agent in the Secret Service’s San Antonio Field Office responsible for the supervisory oversight of all criminal and cyber investigations within the office’s jurisdiction. Steed’s other assignments within the Secret Service have included the Presidential Protective Division, Criminal Investigative Division - Asset Forfeiture Branch in Washington, DC.
Bill Svoboda is the co-founder of CloseSimple - home closing support software for title agents. An entreprenuer who’s built and sold an aparell enterprise that worked with Google, Facebook, Linked-In and others, Bill is a passionate speaker on the topics of customer-engagement, customer experience, marketing and growth strategies.
David Thomas’s enterprise, INTEGRITALK, stresses the importance of integrity for corporate, non-profit and legal audiences nationwide. A CPA with a law degree who’s worked the front lines in the public accounting, commercial banking, and retailing arenas, David inspires audiences with his ethical insights.