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
Other TLTA committees and task forces have met and are diligently
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.