April 11, 2012

TDI's Rob Carter Promoted to Assistant General Counsel

Title Staff Reporting Assignments Changed

Texas Department of Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman called TLTA last week to let us know about some staffing and organizational changes at the Department. Effective today, long-time Director of the Title Division Rob Carter, has been promoted to Assistant General Counsel at TDI. The other members of the Title staff will continue in their same roles, but as part of a larger functional realignment across multiple lines of insurance, those staff members will now be reporting to different areas of the Department and the stand alone Title Division will no longer exist in its current form. The reporting changes are intended to align similar functions and improve efficiency and consistency in operations.

The Commissioner assured us that these changes in reporting functions would not affect the personnel that the industry is used to working with on various matters. For instance, Sherry Richburg and Michele Greer will still handle agent and escrow officer licensing, but will now report to the Financial Division where agent licensing is handled for all lines. Robert York will still be in charge of audits, but will also report to the Financial Division where other agent examinations are housed. Complaints will now be handled out of the Consumer Protection area of TDI and will continue to be handled by Ronda Lee. Bernice Kennedy will remain in the Regulatory Policy Division where the Title Division has been, and will handle public policy matters including rules, regulations and statutes. It is anticipated that someone will be hired to replace the position that Rob Carter's departure leaves vacant in that same public policy area.

You can continue to call all of the following individuals at the current Title office number, 512.322.3482.

Rules & Regulations - Bernice Kennedy
Licensing - Sherry Richburg, Michele Greer
Audits - Robert York
Complaints - Ronda Lee

TLTA Call for Legislative Issues - Submit Your Concerns Today

It's already that time again! The TLTA Legislative Committee has been meeting to work on TLTA's 2013 legislative agenda. If you have an idea or an issue TLTA should study, please fill out this form and email it to aaron@tlta.com as soon as possible so the Legislative Committee can review the issues at their next meeting.

ALTA Agents Forum: April 22 in Dallas

Looking for some fresh ideas on how to bring new business to your company this month? Then don’t miss the third of ALTA’s five Agents and Abstracters Forums, which will be held April 22 in Dallas. Robert Reich of Digital Docs will give a presentation on effective sales and marketing strategies for 2012 and beyond. Attendees will learn:

• 10 strategies agents and abstracters can implement immediately to increase revenue
• Five common mistakes in attempting to grow revenue
• Prospecting: The 80/20 Rule and the Pharmaceutical Sales Model
• How to hire and manage a marketing rep

Register today and join us for this low-cost opportunity to meet with peers, exchange ideas and get some fresh marketing ideas. Note: To encourage discussion among agents and abstracters, the Forum is only open to agents. Read More >

Don't Miss These PAC Events at TLTA's Annual Conference!

There are several TLTAPAC events you won't want to miss at TLTA's Annual Conference & Business meeting in Fort Worth, June 14-16. Evan Smith, the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Tribune will discuss state politics and the upcoming 2013 Legislative Session at the PAC Annual Meeting and Breakfast on Friday, June 15. During Saturday's PAC breakfast, enjoy hearing from former star wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys Drew Pearson. You also won't want to miss the Bert Massey Classic Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 14th at the beautiful Dallas Cowboys Golf Club. Register for the Annual Conference and theseTLTAPAC events here, or if you are already registered for the Conference and need to add TLTAPAC events, please fill out the form here.