Dear TLTA members,
I was honored to “kick-off” the Land Title School of Texas in Austin last week. The school was sold out again with a total enrollment of 240 eager students. This valuable educational experience has been coordinated and presented by TLTA and the dedicated School Committee for more than 40 years and is one of the best overall training opportunities available in the country. As a matter of fact, we had two students from California.
Also, this past week TLTA presented the inaugural TLTAU, a new higher-level learning program for the more experienced members of our industry. It was a one-day session of in-depth training covering timely and relevant topics. It too sold out.
Leslie Midgley, Gov. Greg Abbott, Rep. Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton) and Chris Phillips
attend a reception honoring Rep. Simmons at the Pack Automotive Museum in Farmers Branch.
The political season is already upon us with candidates vying for the opportunity to represent you in districts all over the state. Don’t forget, early voting for the March 6 primary elections begins on Feb. 20. It is hard to believe that the 2019 legislative session is just around the corner and will convene before we know it. That leads me to three important topics we are currently working on:
- The Regulatory Committee is working hard on industry issues relevant to the challenges we face in the re-regulation efforts. They will deliver recommendations to the TLTA Board soon.
- The Grassroots Initiative to secure home addresses of our members has ramped up. We need to match members to legislators for accurate connections. We received almost 200 completed forms from Title School attendees last week and need your help getting all your employees to give us their home address. They can provide this information online by clicking the Home Address tab on their profile (after logging in), by sending in a grassroots contact form or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
- PAC contributions are coming in and we appreciate the level of giving. The $400,000 goal this year is achievable, but we need EVERYONE to participate so we can maintain our current levels of legislative giving. Have you given yet? If not, contribute now.
There are still a number of programs we are working on for this spring. The Leadership Academy will be held on April 16-17 in Austin, followed by the South Texas Seminar on April 21 in McAllen. Please get your nominees in for the Leadership Academy right away as we expect it to sell out. Determine the next “up and coming” star in your organization and nominate them to attend the Academy. Contact Kim Schoppert at 512.879.2888 to make your nomination or get more information.
Finally, we have continued to add resources to the Cyber Fraud Resources webpage under the Resource Center on the TLTA website. The webpage has a variety of tools, tips and advice to combat this growing threat, including TLTA's Cyber Crime Prevention Update held on Dec. 6 that’s now available to view on-demand.
We have plenty of things to accomplish before winter gives way to another beautiful Texas bluebonnet spring. So, get ready for more seminars, more meetings and more challenges to resolve in the coming months.
Thank you for being a TLTA member and supporter. We appreciate the opportunity to be of service to you and your staff.
J. Christopher Phillips
Texas Land Title Association