Dear TLTA members,
TLTA’s State of the Association report was distributed in March, and I can’t stop thinking about something Leslie Midgley wrote in her introductory letter:
“I am most proud of the fact that we continue successfully navigating change together, as envisioned by the industry leaders who founded our association more than 100 years ago.”
That’s a powerful statement worthy of reflection. How often do we think about our work on a 100-year timeline? What drove the men and women who built and maintained TLTA until we were ready to take over?
Beyond our association’s good work with the regulators at TDI, even more fundamental than working the halls of the Texas Legislature to maintain effective lines of communication with lawmakers, there is an over century old association that empowers us to successfully steer our industry through changes in marketplace and governance.
That is our inheritance, and our product. That is our legacy.
Which brings me to something else Leslie wrote in the State of the Association that continues to resonate: there are more young people entering our profession than ever before. I saw it at TLTA’s sold-out Land Title School of Texas earlier this year. I’ve seen it in the swelling classes of Leadership Academy graduates. I feel it in the energy driving our grassroot network’s expanding reach.
For generations, the title insurance industry has played a key role in the housing sector, helped to create wealth via commercial real estate investments, and enhanced the flow of capital through securitized lending - all of which enabled us to build strong, healthy communities filled with opportunities.
What will our industry’s successes look like in 2050? What roles will these new title professionals fill? Where are we headed next?
Answers to these questions can be found in the legislative priorities we are working to advance in the Texas Legislature, which is in session now at the state Capitol in Austin. You can see them in the industry improvements we recommended as part of our periodic basic premium rate review at TDI. And, you will find them among the hundreds of TLTA staff and volunteer hours invested in monitoring and helping to improve the state’s ongoing development of remote online notarization.
Our shared TLTA resources—the relationships we maintain, the institutional knowledge, the lessons learned that we translate into growth—are the tools with which our association overcomes change in a way that none of us is equipped to accomplish alone.
Therefore, on behalf of Texans’ property rights, on behalf of our stable profitability, and on behalf of the new young people entering the title industry for the first time, let’s continue our good work together.
You can help by filling out this grassroots registration form (be sure to provide your home address and cell number, please). If you hear from Aaron Day or one of TLTA’s local legislative liaisons with the message that there’s work to do at the Capitol, please be willing to help in every way you can.
TLTAPAC is another effective way to accomplish our shared priorities, and if you aren’t part of our volunteer network, a call for committee volunteers will be delivered later this month.
Finally, don’t forget to register for our annual conference. This is the year you don’t want to miss, as we’ll provide updates on the Texas Legislature, our rate hearing at TDI, and other expert analysis of our evolving industry and markets.
Sure, it will be HOT, but I look forward to seeing you in Lost Pines this June. Until then, let’s continue demonstrating through our joint actions our industry’s commitment to integrity, professionalism and protecting Texans’ property rights.
For generations to come, let’s continue working together to keep it that way.
John C. Martin, CAEP, CTIP
Texas Land Title Association