A Message From the President





Jack Rattikin III

Sept. 24, 2002

The first cool front to make its way to North Texas is always an indication that fall has officially arrived. The change in season is a welcome relief from the summer heat, even though it also means my schedule, both at home and at work, gets much more hectic. The TLTA fall calendar is also getting crowded as we kick off the year with two Regional Seminars, a new policy seminar, an October Board meeting, and a multitude of committee and task force meetings.

I'm pleased to report we successfully launched our first Regional Seminar video simulcast on September 14 in West Texas ! The "live" seminar was presented in Midland and was simulcast to remote locations in El Paso and Lubbock . Our attendance exceeded last year's West Texas Regional, with a total of 120 attendees at the three locations. We've had very positive feedback from those who attended, since it gave members an opportunity to earn continuing education credit without having to travel out of town. The Austin Regional Seminar will be held October 8 & 9 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel and Policy Training from A to Z will be presented on November 13 at the Omni Austin Hotel . If you are interested in attending either of these seminars, contact TLTA staff or check the TLTA Web site for more information.

A Board of Directors meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on October 9 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in conjunction with the Austin Regional Seminar. If you haven't attended a Board Meeting in the past, this is your opportunity to do so. If you are interested in attending and would like a copy of the meeting agenda, please contact the TLTA office.

On the regulatory front, the Rates, Rules and Forms Committee has considered items for submission for the 2002 Biennial Title Insurance Hearing. The P-24 Task Force held an open meeting on September 17 and heard comments from a number of individuals in the industry. The committee is in the process of reviewing all comments to consider revisions to their draft proposal. We have also been meeting to consider the RESPA proposal and TLTA will be filing comments with HUD by the October 28 deadline expressing our concerns with the regulations as written. Counsel Tom Rutledge will outline our position on RESPA at the October board meeting and we will continue to provide you with updated information as this issue evolves over the next few months.

TLTA PAC has been actively making contributions to candidates running for office this year, but we continue to need your support. This is a watershed election year in Texas and insurance issues are making headlines every day. We must be proactive in educating candidates on issues affecting the title industry. Watch your mail for a letter from Chairman Bert Massey, and make your PAC contribution as soon as possible.

Last but not least, mark your calendars for the TLTA Annual Conference June 6-8, 2003 at The Woodlands Resort. This year's conference promises to offer more opportunities than ever for professional development, networking and relaxation in an incredible setting. Rediscover the Nature of Your Business, and join us at The Woodlands!