Dear TLTA members,
As you may have heard, we’re preparing to gather with TLTA members across the state for a series of town-hall luncheons this fall. 
I recently wrote an email to a friend communicating my eagerness to go on the road and see and talk to TLTA members statewide. I explained that asking our members what TLTA can do for them is a great way to get people talking, generate ideas and make new connections. My friend responded with this quote: 
“Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds.” 
I think that explains, in part, the driving force that has supported our association’s success and longevity over the last 100 years. We all compete in the marketplace, but there are forces beyond our control to which industry-wide response can be advantageous. 
That’s one of the many reasons I’m excited to travel the state along with TLTA staff. I want to hear what’s on your mind and how TLTA can help you, your community and our industry grow stronger. 
If you’re available to join us for lunch this fall, you’ll hear updates from TLTA staff Aaron Day and Leslie Midgley on the recent legislative session, federal issues and our work at TDI. I’ll also fill you in on some other key initiatives on which TLTA is focused this year, including new digital closing resources and cyber security education.
Our town hall lunch will be a very informal discussion, so I encourage you to bring your comments, bring your questions, and let's talk about working together to strengthen and grow our industry. It’s a great opportunity for us to update you on all that TLTA is working on and take time to hear what’s going on with you. 
If you can join us for lunch this fall, be sure to bring as many folks from your office as you can. We’ll be talking about lots of important topics, including nurturing the next generation of industry leaders, and you’ll want your company to be present for the discussion.
Speaking of developing the leadership skills of talented young title professionals, TLTA's Alex H. Halff Leadership Academy is on the horizon. We’ve had a record-breaking number of applicants and space is limited. Whether or not you or someone from your team are able to attend this year, I encourage you to pay attention to this program, which is achieving explosive growth and producing value for our industry and companies statewide.
This focus on identifying and growing the next generation of industry leaders is a renewal of commitments this industry made more than a decade ago to furthering crucial industry priorities, including enabling women in leadership roles and ensuring the sustainability of industry’s continued prosperity. I’m excited to be part of the industry advocates who champion these important investments. 
As you know, TLTAPAC and the expansion of our grassroots network remain a big focus for TLTA staff, TLTA Board of Directors, TLTAPAC Board of Directors, and me. We had a great event with Sen. Creighton of the Woodlands, whose legislative actions this session are benefiting consumers and our industry. If you haven’t already done so, you can read about Sen. Creighton’s good work in our 2019 Legislative Report.
Other opportunities on the horizon include the return of TLTA’s popular South Texas Seminar to the Rio Grande Valley this October. We’re excited to work with the network of title professionals in the Valley to produce this one-of-a-kind professional education program.
Coming together to strengthen and extend our industry's success has been the driving force behind this organization since it was founded more than 100 years ago. And, it all started with discussions just like the exchange of ideas we’ll have during our town hall lunches this fall.
Please keep an eye out for more information about reserving your seat and make a plan to join us. I’m looking forward to seeing you, shaking your hand and saying hello when we’re nearby.

Michael C. Savas, CTIP
Texas Land Title Association Texas Land Title Association