A Message From the President





Jack Rattikin III

August 22, 2002

As I mentioned in my July message, I want to take a few moments each month to update you on the major issues and initiatives TLTA is working on. Someone once said things tend to slow down during the "lazy days" of summer, but I don't think they were working in our industry! The same is true at the TLTA office in Austin. Here's a sampling of some of the projects our board of directors, committees and staff are working on.

The Annual Conference Committee and staff are already planning next year's conference to be held June 6-8, 2003 at The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center near Houston. The great attendance and high quality programs we experienced in San Antonio this past June have set a new standard for the TLTA Annual Conference. The Woodlands is an excellent setting for learning as well as networking and relaxing, and this year's conference promises to offer a wide variety of activities and events for you and your family. I hope you will mark your calendars now and make plans to attend.

One of the most successful additions to last year's annual conference was the Town Hall Meeting, where members participated in an open forum to exchange ideas and ask questions of the TLTA leadership. Many of the concerns and suggestions that came out of the first Town Hall Meeting have been incorporated into this year's planning at the board, committee, and staff level. As an example, we listened to your comments about the cost of attending regional seminars, and we have lowered the price for TLTA members to $99. In addition, we are launching a new format at the West Texas Regional Seminar. In an effort to help those members who are unable to travel, the seminar will be presented LIVE in Midland and simulcast to Lubbock and El Paso. We will be scheduling more Town Hall Meetings in the future and will continue to integrate your suggestions into the planning of other programs and services.

The P-24 Task Force has met many times over the past few months. Task Force members are working on a proposed draft that will be distributed soon to all members for feedback. We will keep you informed on the committee's progress and will request your input as soon as the draft is completed. Additionally, an open meeting will be scheduled in order for the Task Force to hear your comments in person.

TLTA is also reviewing proposed RESPA Regulations (The Homebuyer's Bill of Rights). Be assured TLTA is very much on top of this issue. There are ongoing discussions at several levels regarding how these regulations could impact the title industry nationwide. In particular, we are working with ALTA to develop a strategy for presenting the industry's position and will be communicating more details to you in the near future.

Other TLTA committees and task forces have met and are diligently working on
the important issues that affect all of us on a daily basis.

As you can see we have a great deal to be accomplished this year. I want to thank every TLTA officer, board and committee member for their commitment and hard work as we address these and other important issues. It is imperative that we continue to work together toward a common goal of supporting and protecting the title industry.