May 2013

Register NOW for the Annual Conference — Early Discount Ends Today!

June 19-21 at the Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin
You don't want to miss the 2013 Annual Conference & Business Meeting! Take a moment to check out this year's schedule, and then get registered today and save before the price goes up. This annual meeting of your association is the one place you can get the latest information and tools you need to help your company be successful in today's ever-changing business environment.

You'll hear top experts discuss topics such as escrow theft, new lender requirements, a CFPB update, the latest legislative changes, regulatory compliance and cyber fraud. You also won't want to miss the latest political scoop from Evan Smith, editor-in-chief/CEO of the Texas Tribune at the PAC Breakfast, as well as a featured conversation with football star Colt McCoy at the Closing Breakfast! Plus, enjoy some great networking opportunities with industry friends and colleagues, all in a relaxing resort setting. Learn More »


TLTA Perspectives: How Important are Technological Improvements to 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: What do you wish you had known when you started in the title industry? This month, Jordan Walker, business anthropologist at Chicago Title DFW, and Mike Savas, vice president and senior Texas counsel with First American Title Insurance Company, give their perspectives on the question: How important are technological improvements to the Title Industry? Read Their Perspectives »

Warehouse Lenders Take Agent Vetting In-House

American Land Title Association
Possibly signaling a trend in the marketplace, several warehouse lenders recently began vetting closing and settlement agents themselves, rather than using an outside vendor. ALTA recently obtained closing agent applications that warehouse lenders sent to member companies in California. The applications came from American Financial Network (which provides funding in California, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin), Sierra Pacific Mortgage (which provides funding in 47 states) and W.J. Bradley Mortgage Capital (which provides funding in 20 states). Read More »

Want to Learn More About this Issue? Attend the TLTA Conference!
Expert underwriter and agent panels will discuss how to respond to increased lender scrutiny at TLTA's Annual Conference and Business Meeting on June 20 in Austin. 

Congratulations to Our New Certified Professionals!

TLTA is proud to announce the spring 2013 class of certified title insurance designees. Seven individuals have met all of the requirements, passed the examination and are now part of an elite group of  certified title industry professionals. Visit for our new extended exam schedule and application deadlines. And apply now to join this elite group of title professionals!


Dawn Chapa, CESA
Trinity Title of Texas Christie Deckard, CTIA, CESA
Community Title 
Susie Lovett, CESA
Monteith Abstract & Title Company Allen Parker, CAEA, CTIA
DHI Title Company of Central Texas 
Marilyn De Luna, CESA, CTIA
Edwards Abstract and Title Co. Mariana Ragousis-Ramirez, CESA
Edwards Abstract and Title Co. 
Tahonni Person, CESA
TranStar National Title Brianne Woltmann, CESA
Providence Title Company 
Donna Cochran, CTIA
First Western Title Co. Megan Skala Dulaney, CAEA, CTIA
Independence Title Company 
Kristin MacKinnon, CESA
American Guaranty Title, L.L.C. 

Meet the TLTA Staff: Aaron Day and Lynne Daves

Each month, we're featuring two members of the TLTA staff so you can get to know more about each member of the team and learn about what they do for the association.

Aaron Day serves as TLTA's Director of Government Affairs and Counsel, where he's responsible for the government affairs program, in addition to serving as the association's registered lobbyist and general counsel. In addition to representing TLTA during legislative sessions, Aaron manages the association's role and participation in Texas Department of Insurance regulatory activities, including rate hearings, rule hearings, other regulatory hearings and meetings.

Previously, Aaron worked for the city of Fort Worth, representing the city in the state legislature and in Washington, D.C. He received his law degree from the University of  Texas School of Law. He loves music and has served for 15 years as board chair for Anthropos Arts, a non-profit organization that provides music education to at-risk and disadvantaged youth in Austin. Aaron and his wife, Kristen, live in Austin and have two young sons, Colin and Elliott.
Lynne Daves joined TLTA more than 18 years ago and serves as the association's Education and Meetings Manager. In this role, Lynne manages the logistics and planning of TLTA's educational programs, including seminars, webinars and other distance learning initiatives. She helps book speakers, assists with developing their presentations and finalizes programs.

Lynne also coordinates continuing education marketing efforts, in addition to overseeing the the Annual Conference & Business Meeting — handling event details with the hotel, managing registrations and assisting with the overall program.

Lynne was born and raised in Albuquerque, N.M., and lives in Driftwood (near Austin) with her husband, Scott, and their children Tanner, 15, and Casey, 11... and three horses, seven cats, 15 chickens and a chinchilla named Earl.

Welcome to Our New TLTA Members!

We extend a warm welcome to our newest members to TLTA. 


Roland Love Receives Crystal Hope Award

TLTA Legislative Chair and Winstead shareholder Roland Love recently received the Crystal Hope Award, recognizing the legal work he has donated to the AIDS Interfaith Network (AIN) for the past six years. AIN has worked within the Dallas community for the past 26 years, serving those living with HIV/AIDS and helping with prevention in vulnerable populations. 


Board Approves Changes to TLTA  Bylaws

On February 11 and April 23, the TLTA Board of Directors voted to make a few amendments to the TLTA Bylaws. First, a change has been made regarding eligibility to serve on the Board and procedures for filling vacancies on the Board. Second, the bylaws were amended to clean up inconsistent items regarding previous approved changes to the make-up of Section Nominating committees and appointment of delegates to the Section Nominating committees. You may view the redline version of the bylaws amendments approved on Feb. 11 and the redline version of the bylaws amendments approved on April 23 or view the final updated version of the approved bylaws. If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Midgley or Kim Schoppert at the TLTA office.

TLTA Job Bank Featured Postings

Each month, TLTA features a sample of job listings posted in our online Job Bank — the only employment resource in Texas catering specifically to qualified title industry professionals. If you're looking for a job, you can post your resume online for free and search for open positions in the industry. If you're 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.

Escrow Assistant
A Texas fee attorney seeks a part-time escrow assistant to join their team.
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Document Conveyancer/Legal Assistant
A qualified person is needed to draft legal documents.
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Title Examiner
A lender platform company seeks someone to process and review title commitments to meet Texas underwriting requirements.
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