Dear TLTA members, 
The Texas legislature is in its third week of the special session, and the TLTA Legislative Committee is hard at work reviewing all the bills that have been filed. During this session, we don't expect any issues to arise that will negatively affect our industry, but our lobby team and committee volunteers are working diligently to protect our interests.

Cyber security/fraud prevention is another area in which TLTA is actively engaged. We have created a new Cyber Technology Task Force this year, chaired by David Tandy. The first conference call of this important group is being held on Aug. 3. Our goal is to work in conjunction with other state associations to share experiences and solutions to combat these devastating crimes. We will keep you posted as we develop strategies and programs to protect our customers.
As all our committees gear up for the year, keep in mind that TLTA is only as strong as its volunteers. We rely on the expertise of our title professionals to do the important work of protecting and enhancing the industry, and we’d love to have you involved. If you haven't signed up to serve on a committee but are interested in doing so, it’s not too late. Just email Kim Schoppert, and she’ll work to place you on a committee that best fits your skills.

As I stated in the previous President’s Message, one of my goals for the coming year is to get the message out to association members like you and, ultimately, to the consumer that the title industry is an incredibly important force in our state and national economies. I will be delivering that message at the town hall meetings we have scheduled around the state this fall. And while we can’t get to every town, we have made an effort to spread ourselves around the state. Hopefully we will be close enough for you to attend. We begin our visits in September, so please watch for emails notifying you about upcoming events. The town hall meetings will also include an update from Aaron Day on our legislative activities and on our TLTAPAC efforts with comments from Leslie Midgley about the general state of our association. In other words, we are going to give you a firsthand summary of TLTA’s efforts for the remainder of 2017 and our plans for the first half of 2018. Be sure to register for these meetings as the dates and locations are announced. I am looking forward to seeing you and listening to you regarding any issues related to our association.

Finally, we are concentrating on growing our membership. There are new title companies coming to Texas every month, and we want them to become members of and participate in our association. If you know any of these newcomers, please contact me or any of the TLTA staff, and let us introduce them to the benefits of the Texas Land Title Association. 
I look forward to seeing you this fall.
J. Christopher Phillips
Texas Land Title Association