A Message From the President





Jack Rattikin III

July 11, 2002

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who attended this year's TLTA Annual Conference that was held in San Antonio . From the comments I have received the conference was a resounding success! We listened to your requests to create a new format for the conference by offering educational sessions and scheduling more member oriented events such as the Town Hall Meeting and PAC Silent Auction.

The Town Hall Meeting was a great way to kick off the conference by giving you, as a member, the opportunity to bring your concerns and issues to the table for discussion. This type of open forum can be the impetus for you to increase your communication with other members about the problems and challenges we face in the industry and in TLTA.

At the same time we kept many of the traditional events that are so important to the legacy of TLTA. These events remind us of where we have been, and provide a guidepost for where we are going as an association.  

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks to Jim Johnson for his outstanding leadership as TLTA president during the past year. Jim's unique talents were tested on a variety of issues, and proved invaluable in guiding our association through a very difficult time. His shoes are going to be difficult to fill, but I will do my best to serve the TLTA membership according to the high standards he, and the other TLTA presidents that have come before, have established for this office.

I'm very excited about the upcoming year and the challenges that are on the horizon. There are several areas that I would like to focus on during the next twelve months. I have set out specific goals in each of these areas of concern to the industry and TLTA:

  • Financial:  We must run TLTA like a business. We must reduce expenses, keep a lid on dues, and keep our excellent staff.
  • Regulatory - We must make sure that we represent the interests of our industry by continued participation in the TDI Rate Hearing and P-24 Hearing and with our elected officials during the upcoming legislative session.
  • Self-Regulation It is time to establish a level playing field for all agents and direct operations. All must follow the same rules. I plan to start the process by creating a Market Incentives Task Force and Reverse Competition Task Force.
  • Member Services We must promote the benefits of TLTA membership through better communication with our members. By working with ALTA we can also explore ways to promote the title industry to the public.
  • Cohesiveness All segments of the title insurance industry must work together on difficult issues toward a common goal of supporting and protecting the industry.

In order to accomplish these goals, I need your help and your support. I have high hopes for the future, and know we can accomplish these and other goals, but only if we work together. By listening to each other, sharing information, and learning from each other, we can become a force to be reckoned with in the Texas title industry.

I would like to reiterate to each of you, my door is always open. Throughout the year if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me or any member of the TLTA staff.

Sincerest regards,

Jack Rattikin, III