October 2012

TLTA Perspectives: Does 'Flex Time' Work in the Title Industry?

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

Last time, two title professionals tackled the Perspectives question: How do you balance your work and home life? This month, co-authors Suzette Switzer Hinds and Ashley Cook with Ashley L. Cook, P.C., along with Monica Middleton, President, Capital Title of Texas in Austin, give their perspectives on the important question: Does 'teleworking' or 'flex time' work in the title industry? Read Their Perspectives »

Register Early for the Texas Land Title Institute, Dec. 6-7!

New Title Insurance Primer Being Held in Conjunction with Institute
Get registered early for the 22nd Annual Robert C. Sneed Texas Land Title Institute in San Antonio, December 6-7! This is always the "must-attend CLE program of the year" and with the great speakers and topics we're lining up, this year's program will be no exception. Stay tuned for more information, or beat the rush and get registered now! On December 5, TLTA will also be holding a new program called Title Insurance - A Primer for Lawyers. This optional half-day CLE seminar will cover key concepts in Texas title insurance that all attorneys should know. 


TLTA Members Named to ALTA Board and Executive Committees

The American Land Title Association (ALTA) recently announced the 2012-13 nominations for their Board of Governors as well as their Abstracters and Title Insurance Agent Executive Committee and their Title Insurance Underwriters Executive Committee. Nominations will be voted on during the 2012 ALTA Annual Convention, Oct. 17-20 in Colorado Springs, CO. You may see all of the nominations here and we would like to congratulate these TLTA members who will serve in positions of leadership for our national association:

Board of Governors - Underwriters Section Rep
Stewart Morris Jr., Stewart Title Guaranty Company

Abstracters and Title Insurance Agents Executive Committee
Secretary: Celia Flowers, East Texas Title Companies
Two-year term: Brian Pitman, Independence Title Company

Title Insurance Underwriter Executive Committee
Three-year term: Stewart Morris Jr., Stewart Title Guaranty Company
Two-year term: Scott McCall, Title Resources Guaranty Company


Stewart Executives Appointed to American Bar Association Leadership Positions

The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law recently reappointed James L. Gosdin and promoted Bruce Hawley of Stewart Title Guaranty Company (STG) to leadership positions for the 2012-2013 bar year. 


WFG National Title Retains Industry Veteran to Assist Texas Agents

WFG National Title Insurance Co. has retained industry veteran Norman Gutzmer to assist its Texas agencies with underwriting counsel. Gutzmer will assist WFG National Title's agency division in Texas with business development and underwriting support. He will provide underwriting assistance, education and support for WFG National Title's agencies throughout Texas. Read More » 


Last Chance to Become a TLTA Individual Member for Just $20!

At TLTA, our goal is to represent individuals in the title industry on issues and decisions that affect you and your profession. Collectively, you can make a big difference. We've extended the deadline to join for just $20 until the end of tomorrow, Friday, October 5. Benefits include an easy-to-find listing in a special section of the TLTA Membership Directory, exclusive access to quarterly Technology Topics--30 minute lunchtime webinars providing tips and tricks to help you in your job every day--and discounted pricing on products and events in 2013. Join today and help build the title industry's voice in Texas! 


TLTA Members Support Potter County Courthouse Rededication

Circle A Title Company recently participated in the rededication of the Potter County Courthouse in Amarillo. Since 2006, TLTA has partnered with the Texas Historical Commission to sponsor the Texas Courthouse Stewardship Initiative, a training and technical program designed to promote the ongoing, regular maintenance of Texas’ historic county courthouses. The stewardship program consists of site visits by THC architects, annual training workshops for county judges and maintenance workers to address issues like inspecting the exterior, identifying mechanical malfunctions and budgeting for maintenance. Our industry has a long and symbolic relationship with the county courthouses, so it's natural for our members to support this endeavor. 

Photo: Dee Miller, Legal Staff, Circle A Title Company; Mark Wolfe, Executive Director, Texas Historical Commission; Oth Miller, Legal Staff, Circle A Title Company.


Want Your Texas Photo Featured on the TLTA Homepage?

TLTA is happy to announce this new photo contest! Enter your creative photos of Texas for the chance to be featured on the TLTA homepage. We're looking for shots that portray all that Texas has to offer and that also highlight the many aspects of the land, cities, skylines and natural beauty of our great Lone Star state. Enter your special photo today! 


Have You Subscribed to the Online Basic Manual?

All Future Updates to the Basic Manual Will Be Released Online
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