December 2012

Remembering Terry Grantham, 1956-2012

By Leslie Midgley, TLTA Executive Vice President and CEO
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I write this message. After a short, but valiant battle with an aggressive form of cancer, TLTA Past President Terry Grantham passed away last Thursday, December 6, at the age of 56. He was the long-time owner of West Texas Title Company in Lubbock, and a partner in the law firm of Craig, Terrill, Hale & Grantham LLP. He died surrounded by his beloved family, wife LeAnn, sons Cole, Corbin and Cason and his mother Shirley. He was laid to rest on Monday morning in his hometown of Lubbock, Texas and the memorial service that followed was attended by an enormous crowd of hundreds who came to pay their respects to this fine man who touched the lives of so many during his time on this earth.

Not only was Terry a dear friend to so many of us, he was also one of the greatest leaders this industry has known. His accomplishments are many and varied. He gave selflessly of his time, talents and gifts and he left a lasting legacy that will endure for many years to come. Terry was actively involved in TLTA for over 20 years and during that time, he served on more committees and task forces than I can count. Any time a new group was formed to deal with a problem or issue, Terry's name was on the top of the list of folks who should be involved. Whether the job was great or small, every time he was asked to serve, he willingly accepted the call and served with great distinction. Terry never did anything halfway – that was simply not in his nature. Whatever endeavor he chose to be involved in, he gave it his all. He cared deeply about always doing the right thing and doing things right, and it showed in everything he did.Continued »


Perk Up Your Employees and Improve the Bottom Line

Title News | Cynthia McGovern
I cannot count how many times I hear people in our industry say "this is a relationship business" or "this is a service business." Guess what? They are both 100 percent correct. But what about good service inside of our organizations? What about creating lasting relationships with our employees? There is a growing trend toward the "employee-first" movement. This means that if we put our employees first, everything else will fall into place. We had better pay attention, because if we don't, we'll lose our best employees in an increasingly competitive workforce arena. You don't have to build an employee gym or cater lunch daily, but you do have to pay attention to some basic employee needs. Read More » 

Welcome to Our New TLTA Members!

We would like to welcome our newest members to TLTA. 

TLTA Senior VP and COO Mary Beth Kiser Accepts New Position

Please join the TLTA Staff in thanking Mary Beth Kiser for her many years of service to the association and wishing her well in her new endeavor. She accepted a position earlier this month as the Executive Director of the Beyond Batten Disease Foundation. She will be missed!

The Beyond Batten Disease Foundation was established in 2008 to eradicate Batten disease, a fatal, inherited disorder of the nervous system that begins in childhood. Eventually, children with Batten disease become blind, bedridden, and physically and mentally incapacitated, requiring 24-hour care. Batten disease is always fatal, often by the late teens or twenties. The foundation is committed to accomplishing their mission by raising awareness and money to accelerate research to find a cure and developing an easy and inexpensive blood test to detect the gene mutations for Batten disease, and hundreds of other rare conditions like it. 

Mary Beth wanted to extend her deep appreciation to you, the members of TLTA, for your support, encouragement and friendship during her tenure with us. If you would like to contact Mary Beth, she can be reached at

Want Your Texas Photo Featured on the TLTA Homepage?

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. Please read the guidelines and enter your special photo today! 

Loan Servicers Provide $152 Million in Support to Texas Homeowners

A landmark mortgage settlement has been providing direct relief to homeowners since March, including $152 million so far for Texans. As part of the National Mortgage Settlement, the country’s five largest mortgage servicers have provided loan forbearance, refinancing programs and loan modifications to reduce mortgage principal and other consumer relief activities to nearly 310,000 homeowners. Through Sept. 30, over 4,500 Texas households have received assistance as part of the settlement, totaling $151.9 million in benefits. Nearly half of the assistance came in the form of forgiveness of remaining loan balances to facilitate short sales or deeds in lieu of foreclosure. 

TLTA Job Bank Featured Job

Each month TLTA features a job posted in our online Job Bank - the only employment resource in Texas that caters specifically to qualified title industry professionals. Are you a job seeker? You can post your resume online for free and search for open positions in the industry. Are you looking to hire? TLTA's posting packages start at up to 70% less than other leading employment websites! Check out TLTA's Job Bank today.

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Escrow Officer
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