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
. 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
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
We must run TLTA like a business. We must reduce expenses,
keep a lid on dues, and keep our excellent staff.
- 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
– 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.
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.
– 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
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
Jack Rattikin, III