Dear TLTA members, 
Spring has arrived, and warmer weather is finally here. Your TLTA staff just finished producing TLTA’s traditional spring events--the Leadership Academy and the South Texas Seminar. Both events were extremely successful and well attended.

The Leadership Academy was held in Austin April 16-17. This is a unique program for title professionals that continues to grow and evolve, and this year the academy benefited from a record-setting 47 attendees. The group was young, diverse, motivated and excited to participate in two days of educational sessions focused on leadership training. The speakers covered a wide variety of subjects designed to explore what it means to be a leader. They also gave attendees the practical tools and resources needed to improve and develop their leadership skills. I appreciated the insight our panel of industry veterans gave to the academy attendees and the support from Mike Savas--First American Title’s representative sponsor of the event.

The TLTA team presented the South Texas Seminar on April 22. The program provided an educational opportunity for TLTA members in the South Padre, Brownsville, McAllen and Harlingen areas, and attendance was up 30 percent over last year. The subjects were relevant and timely with presentations covering ethics, every day challenges, endorsements, probate issues and a discussion by the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) on how to prepare for a TDI audit.

One final educational opportunity is available to you prior to the TLTA annual conference. As reported in a recent edition of Downdate, the TLTA Land Title Summer School will be presented in Dallas May 21 – 23. Be sure to register early, because it is expected to sell out.

As many of you know, TLTA’s Legislative Committee continues to work on a variety of important opportunities, including reviewing proposed legislation and creating an agenda of legislation we want filed. The Regulatory Committee continues its work in response to outside efforts to re-regulate our industry. All of this good work is inspiring the continued development of our grassroots initiative, and the assignment of district captains is in full swing in Aaron Day’s office.

The primary election in March created some uncertainties for the general election in November—a good reminder of the importance of meeting our TLTAPAC goals for 2018. I am pleased to report that $359,862 of our $400,000 goal has been contributed or pledged, thank you. If you haven't made your 2018 donation or pledge, would you please invest in our TLTAPAC today? I am confident that by our conference, we will have exceeded our goal.

At the federal level, we continue to advocate for a Congressional fix for the TRID simultaneous issue problem. We recently submitted letters to relevant members of our Congressional delegation on behalf of TLTA. As you may know, ALTA’s upcoming Advocacy Day in D.C. will be another great opportunity to continue communicating the importance of a Congressional fix for this ongoing problem.

Finally, TLTA’s annual conference is less than two months away, and TLTA staff is planning a barn burner of a good time. The conference kicks off with the annual Bert Massey TLTAPAC Golf Tournament, followed by meetings and the opening reception. Educational sessions featuring excellent speakers and topics will continue the following day. Tuesday evening begins with a reception and the President’s dinner, which will immediately be followed by an evening of entertainment featuring Grammy Award-winning Asleep at the Wheel. Please review the agenda on TLTA’s website and register today.

Thank you for supporting the TLTA, and we look forward to being of service to you and your staff.

J. Christopher Phillips
Texas Land Title Association