July 2013

Successful 2013 Annual Conference Educates, Entertains and Informs

TLTA's recent Annual Conference and Business Meeting at the Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin was a huge success that wouldn't have been possible without all of the incredible attendees and sponsors! Mark your calendar now for next year's Conference, June 16-18 at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio.

More than 300 members of the title industry came together to hear about topics such as the new lender requirements, preventing internal fraud, an update about what's going on at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the latest legislative changes, regulatory compliance, cyber fraud and more. The Opening General Session kicked off with an informative speech from CFPB expert Loretta Salzano, who talked about the onslaught of new rules from the bureau and how they'll impact the way title companies do business. She also discussed "hot buttons" for examinations and enforcement, as well as how the new regulations will affect the lending and settlement services industries. Keynote speaker Allen Tappe also provided inspirational insights on how you can take your team to the next level, even when you have too few people taking care of too much business.   

At Thursday's General Session, ALTA President Frank Pellegrini discussed some of the key federal issues impacting the industry and urged attendees to follow what's happening with GSE reform and the new QM and QRM rules. He also talked about how the title industry specifically contributes to the economy and looked at some of the challenges the industry faces on the national level.

In the afternoon, a panel of agents and a panel of underwriters talked in depth about the increase in lender scrutiny of title agents and what it means for the industry now and in the future. The panelists discussed in detail the background of this new trend, how the title and lender industries have responded so far, and what it means for all of the interested parties going forward.

Hot Topic breakout sessions throughout the afternoon also offered something for everyone, ranging from the latest on preventing cyber fraud and communicating to make connections or transform teams, to comprehensive updates on the recent TDI Rule Proposal and the recently concluded Legislative Session.

The Thursday and Friday TLTAPAC Breakfasts were also informative and inspirational. At Thursday's breakfast, Texas Tribune Editor Evan Smith shared his thoughts and insider information about Texas government and how he thinks the big political races will shape up in 2014. At Friday's closing PAC Breakfast, UT football legend and San Francisco 49er, Colt McCoy, talked with Voice of the Longhorns and talk radio host Craig Way about some of his favorite memories as a Longhorn, life lessons he's learned and what it was like to co-author an inspirational book.

Stay tuned for a big TLTAPAC announcement regarding this year's fundraising goals, and we can't wait to see you next year at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, June 16-18!


Enjoy Some Conference Highlights!

View highlights from the Conference on TLTA's Facebook page here — you do not need a Facebook account to view the album. While you're there, don't forget to "Like" our Facebook page to see additional photos from the Conference and other events throughout the year.


2013-2014 Board of Directors Elected

During the Thursday business meeting, TLTA installed the new 2013-2014 Board of Directors:

President Joe Grealish, Fidelity National Title Group, Houston

President-Elect Dawn Moore, Allegiance Title Company, Dallas

Immediate Past President Randy Pittman, West Texas Abstract & Title Company, Midland

Agent Section Chair James Dudley, IV, Central Texas Land Titles, Inc., Horseshoe Bay

Agent Section Vice Chair Celia Goode-Haddock, University Title Company, College Station

Agent Section Delegate Byron Lewis, Edwards Abstract and Title Company, Edinburg

Agent At-Large Director Alex Harris, Bay Area Title Services LLC, Corpus Christi

Agent At-Large Director John DeLoach, CTIA, Sierra Title Company, San Antonio

Underwriter Section Chair Patti Bonner, CTIA, Stewart Title Guaranty Company, Austin

Underwriter Section Vice Chair Mike Savas, First American Title Insurance Company, Houston

Underwriter Section Delegate Carolyn Monroe, Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, Houston

Underwriter At-Large Director Teresa Frost, CTIA, National Investors Title Insurance Company, Austin

Underwriter At-Large Director Bill James, Fidelity National Title Group, Dallas


New Honorary Members Named 

At the Conference, TLTA awarded honorary membership for sustained meritorious service to TLTA Past Presidents Lloyd Draper and the late Terry Grantham. The honor is in recognition of their countless contributions to the association and the title industry over many years. Read full press releases by clicking their names below.     

Lloyd Draper Terry Grantham 


Mark Greek Awarded Title Person of the Year

Mark Greek, Vice President and State Agency Manager for First American Title Insurance Company, was awarded the prestigious Title Person of the Year Award during the President's Dinner. The award, which is the highest honor bestowed by TLTA, recognizes significant and longtime contributions to the title industry and the association.

"Mark is respected by everyone he comes in contact with and his strong faith is demonstrated in the way he lives his life," said said Randy Pittman, 2012-13 TLTA President. "Over the years, he's chaired nine different committees, been a member of virtually every committee at one time or another, served on the TLTA Board two different times and was TLTA President four years ago. He has always gladly answered the call to duty and served with distinction."

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Aaron Day Awarded James H. Garst President's Award

Aaron Day, TLTA's Director of Government Affairs and Counsel, was awarded the esteemed James H. Garst President’s Award during the President's Evening. The award recognizes the achievements of an individual who has shown outstanding service to the TLTA president during his or her year in office.

"Aaron is a big thinker with bold ideas and a willingness to see those bold ideas through to a successful conclusion — even in the face of adversity or seemingly overwhelming challenges." said Randy Pittman, 2012-13 TLTA President. "We are delighted to honor Aaron with this award in recognition of his tireless effort to lead our industry through legislative sessions and regulatory activities at the Texas Department of Insurance, including rate hearings, rule hearings and any other hearings or meetings where our industry needs representation."

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Linda McAtee and Geri Hosterman Honored with Professional Excellence Awards

 Two outstanding title professionals were nominated by their peers for their behind-the-scenes work and going above and beyond their required job descriptions. The 2013 winners of TLTA's Professional Excellence Award are Linda McAtee, Guaranty Title Company of Robertson County, and Geri Hosterman, First National Title Insurance Company. Read full press releases by clicking on their names below.     

Linda McAtee Geri Hosterman 


Congratulations to Our New Certified Professionals!

TLTA congratulates all of the 44 title professionals who became certified over the last year. If you haven't already, make a plan to take the certification exam and join this elite group of title professionals! Visit www.tlta.com/Certification for the fall 2013 exam dates and application deadlines.


David Carley, CAEA
Heritage Title Company of Austin, Inc James Connors, CAEA
DHI Title Company of Central Texas 
Christy Crosby, CAEA
American Guaranty Title, L.L.C. Neil Hethorn, CAEA
Heritage Title Company of Austin, Inc. 
Tammy Lawhorn, CAEA
Monteith Abstract & Title Company Peter Murphy, CAEA
Sierra Title of Hidalgo County, Inc. 
Allen Parker, CAEA, CTIA
DHI Title Company of Central Texas Lorene Sikes, CAEA
Integrity Title Company, LLC 
Donna Townsen, CAEA
Heritage Title Company of Austin, Inc. Claudia Acosta, CESA
Alamo Title Company 
Yvonne Barrera, CESA
Independence Title Company Lisa Beard, CESA
Independence Title Company 
Diana Brown, CESA
Monteith Abstract & Title Company Dawn Chapa, CESA
Trinity Title of Texas 
Marilyn De Luna, CESA, CTIA
Edwards Abstract and Title Co. Christie Deckard, CESA, CTIA
Community Title 
Pauline Frederickson, CESA
Independence Title Company Vicki Gamez, CESA
First Western Title Co. 
Lynita Kernes, CESA
Don Roberts Abstract & Title Company Susie Lovett , CESA
Monteith Abstract & Title Company 
Kristin MacKinnon, CESA
American Guaranty Title, LLC Kandy Nichols, CESA
Independence Title Company 
Tassie Pendleton, CESA
Attorneys Title of Texas, Inc. Tahonni Person, CESA
TranStar National Title 
Mariana Ragousis-Ramirez, CESA
Edwards Abstract and Title Co. Aimee Randle, CESA
Capital Title of Texas, LLC 
Jana Walker, CESA
Lawyers Title Company Camille White, CESA
Access Title, LLC 
Jodie Wilkinson, CESA
Independence Title Company Matthew Wilson, CESA
Sierra Title of Hidalgo County, Inc. 
Brianne Woltmann, CESA
Providence Title Company Becky Altemus, CTIA
Empire Title Company, LTD 
Lisa Beville, CTIA
Fidelity National Title Group EJ Brent, CTIA
First American Title Insurance Company 
Donna Cochran, CTIA
First Western Title Co. Becky Houssiere, CESA, CTIA
Charter Title Company 
Robert Morris, CTIA
Security Title Natalie Landry, CTIA
Bay Area Title Services, LLC 
Megan Skala-Dulaney, CAEA, CTIA
Independence Title Company Carolyn Thornton, CTIA
Heritage Title Company of Austin, Inc. 
  View all the TLTA Certified Title Professionals » 

Save the Date for Next Year!

Save the date now and plan to join us June 16-18, 2014, for the next TLTA Annual Conference and Business Meeting at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio!

Our Sincere Appreciation to This Year's Sponsors:

Integrity Title Ramquest, Inc. 
Title Vision Texas op2 Gollob Morgan Peddy PC PropertyInfo 
Westcor Land Title Insurance Simplifile SMS Union Bank 
ASAP Pro Notary Services hal Systems Corporation Corporation Service Company UBS 
West Texas Title Company Lewis, Monroe & Pena Imersion Global Windward Consulting — Resware 
ISON Job Tracks West Texas Abstract & Title Company eRecording Partners Network 
Landtech Data Corporation Workway University Title Company