May 2012

TLTA Perspectives: Staying Passionate About Your Work

 TLTA's Perspectives series is designed to help shed light on generational differences in the workplace by having a seasoned title professional and a young title professional give their viewpoints on different workplace topics.

Last time, two title professionals tackled the Perspectives question: Do generational stereotypes create boundaries in the workplace? This month, John DeLoach, Chief Underwriting Officer for Sierra Title Company and Amanda Tidmore, Escrow Officer at Providence Title Company, give their perspectives on the important question: How do you stay passionate about your work? Read Their Perspectives >


Make Your Nomination Today for Title Person of the Year!

TLTA will bestow its highest honor on one deserving individual at the Annual Conference in June. This career achievement award recognizes the exceptional contributions of a dedicated Texas title insurance professional over a long period of time. The recipient is selected on the basis of outstanding leadership and commitment to TLTA and the industry. The deadline to nominate someone is this Friday, May 11, so nominate someone today! 


Shale of the Century: Small Towns Dazed by Eagle Ford Influx

By Harold Hunt | Tierra Grande Magazine
Technology has a way of humbling those brave enough to forecast our energy future. In an April 1977 speech, President Jimmy Carter declared, "The oil and natural gas we rely on for 75% of our energy are running out." Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan also took a stab at predicting the future of U.S. energy in 2003, testifying before Congress that, "(natural gas) futures prices suggest that we are not apt to return to earlier periods of relative abundance and low prices anytime soon." Both predictions proved to be wrong, and one of the most successful shale formations being tapped today is the Eagle Ford Shale. 


Congrats 2012 Land Title School Award Winners! 

TLTA is proud to announce the winners of this year's E. Gordon Smith Scholarship and Peggy Hayes Teaching Excellence Award. Allyson Macatee and Pam Butler both won the E. Gordon Smith Scholarship award for scoring the highest grade on the exam at the 2012 TLTA Land Title School. You may view Allyson's full press release her, and Pam's press release here.

TLTA is also proud to announce that Lisa Beville won the Peggy Hayes Teaching Excellence Award. This award recognizes an instructor at the Land Title School who has volunteered their time or talents to ensure the students at the school receive the highest quality education. You may view her full press release here.

Allyson Macatee Pam Butler Lisa Beville 


Congrats to the Inaugural Class of TLTA's Alex H. Halff Leadership Academy!

TLTA would like to congratulate the inaugural class of TLTA's Alex H. Halff Leadership Academy, held in April in Austin. At the two-day Academy, attendees learned about generational differences in the workplace, how to best work with people who have differing communication styles and how to become strong leaders with character. The group also had the chance to ask a panel of title industry veterans questions about the industry and leadership. You may view photos from the Academy here on TLTA's Facebook page. The response to this event from young title professionals was very positive and TLTA looks forward to seeing these folks become more involved and active with the association and watching their careers grow in the industry.


New Program: Owning and Managing a Texas Title Agency

TLTA is pleased to present, for the first time ever, this unique educational opportunity designed for title company owners and managers at all levels. The program will be held in conjunction with TLTA's Annual Conference (additional fee required), June 13-14. Whether you are a seasoned veteran, a new owner of a title company, or an experienced title pro transitioning to a new management position, this one-of-a-kind opportunity is for you. TLTA has put together an essential set of topics and an outstanding group of speakers who bring a wealth of experience on these subjects. Make plans to come a day early to the Conference to be part of this important event! 

TLTA Annual Conference & Business Meeting Details Now Online!

The detailed program for the Conference is now available - view it here. Take a look at our stellar speaker lineup and all the the significant industry topics that will be covered this year! You'll hear about the latest market conditions, regulatory changes, industry trends, management techniques and advances in technology you can take back to your team. Listen, learn, get motivated and stay ahead of the curve. 


New Texas Underwriter: First National Title Insurance Company 

The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) issued a Certificate of Authority to First National Title Insurance Company on March 16, making it the latest approved title insurance underwriter domiciled in Texas. First National's headquarters is based in Plano and is operated by Chris Phillips, CEO & President; Ray Reece, Chief Financial Officer; Geri Hosterman, Senior Vice President; Errin Froggatt, Vice President/Operation Manager; D.J. Horn, Vice President/Western Region Agency Manager; and Ellen Wied, Underwriting Counsel. Read Company Press Release >


In Memorium  

TLTA is sad to report the recent loss of these title industry veterans:

Michael Robert Lary was born in Burnet on July 10, 1945 and died suddenly on April 22, 2012 in Round Rock. He served his country in the National Guard and began his legal career in Arlington and Dallas. In 1985, he opened The Law Office of Mike Lary and Lawyers Title Williamson County, in Cedar Pak (later renamed Texas National Title). In 2001, he sold Texas National to Gracy Title and joined as associate legal counsel. Read Full Obituary >

Barry John Bigelow, born on November 10, 1948 in Boulder, Colorado passed away peacefully on April 13, 2012 after a long battle with cancer. Barry was in the title insurance industry for over 30 years. He was respected for his intellect, his integrity, his composure and his ability to find solutions to title problems. Read Full Obituary >

Loren T. Montgomery passed away April 9, 2012, at his home in Dallas from natural causes. He was born May 2, 1953, in Rogersville, Tennessee. He was prominent title insurance executive and civic leader for over 30 years. Read Full Obituary >