October 2013

Winning the Generation Game

The Economist | Sept. 28, 2013
"WHY do you pander to them?” This question kept being put to Marian Salzman, the boss of Havas PR, by her older workers in the days after the firm launched its latest recruitment advertisement. Featuring eager young things using snazzy mobile devices, the ad highlights the company’s lack of hierarchy, and how recruits can choose their own work and talk back to their bosses, as they begin their “personal development journey”. Although huge numbers of young people today are starting their working lives in one of the least welcoming labor markets in modern history, those with the right skills have never had it so good. Employers have become convinced that they are at the start of a period of famine, and that the best talent has to be won at almost all costs. Read More »


TLTA Executive VP & CEO Leslie Midgley Honored With Top Association Award

At its recent statewide conference, the Texas Society of Association Executives (TSAE) honored Texas Land Title Association (TLTA) Executive Vice President and CEO Leslie Midgley, CAE, with the Distinguished Executive Award.

TSAE's highest award honors a chief executive who demonstrates outstanding leadership and achievement in association management.

"Leslie has been a leader within TSAE for many years, and her involvement includes teaching, being a mentor, facilitator, committee chairman, board member and chairman," said TSAE President and CEO Beth Brooks, CAE. "She has been at the forefront of many new initiatives, and her experience and thoughtful opinions have helped shape policies and allowed for candid, essential conversations."

Midgley joined the TLTA staff over 31 years ago and has been involved in every aspect of the association’s operations since that time, serving as Executive Vice President and CEO since 2001. Read Full Press Release »

Help the TLTAPAC — Donate to TLTAbay Today! 

This Year's Auction Will Run Nov. 7 - 14
The TLTAbay online auction is an annual fundraiser benefiting the TLTAPAC. This year's auction will begin Thursday, Nov. 7, and run through Thursday, Nov. 14. We need your help to secure auction items and ensure another spectacular year. Suggested donation items include: electronics, gift cards, sporting event tickets, travel vouchers, vacations, spa packages and jewelry. Don't know what to donate? You can make a monetary donation and we'll do the shopping for you! Read more about the auction and make a donation here or contact David Glenn for more information.

Just a Few Spots Left in Our Intro to Title Program!

Oct. 8-9, 2013 | American Airlines Training & Conference Center | Near the DFW Airport
Don’t miss this opportunity to attend a live presentation of TLTA’s new and improved Introduction to Title Insurance in Texas series created for title employees who are new to the industry or have experience in only one area of title insurance.

This comprehensive 12-part series, previously only available as an on-demand webinar, has been updated and will provide the basic training and knowledge you need on the fundamental aspects of Texas Title Insurance. Presented by TLTA subject matter experts over a two-day period, this seminar will cover everything from basic property concepts to post closing issues. If you have less than two years experience in the title industry or are a title professional looking for basic knowledge in the industry — this seminar is for you! 

How to Identify Your Workplace Strengths

Forbes | Aug. 30, 2013
At some point in your career, you’ll likely be asked: What are some of your greatest workplace strengths? Maybe your boss will pose the question in your next performance evaluation; perhaps a hiring manager will ask in a future job interview. Whenever it happens, you’ll want to be able to identify them. Read More »

Congrats to Our Incoming Leadership Academy Participants! 

Congratulations to those who have been selected for the Alex H. Halff Leadership Academy taking place Nov. 4-5, 2013 in Austin. This academy will provide the tools to help young professionals grow in their company by honing their leadership skills, expanding their industry knowledge, acquainting them with important industry information and allowing them to create a professional network. Interested in being a part of the Leadership Academy?  For more details, contact Kim Schoppert at 512.879.2888 or kim@tlta.com.

TLTA Certification Program Deadlines Approaching!

In today's competitive market, it's important to distinguish yourself, and getting your TLTA Certification is the perfect way to do just that. A TLTA Certification credential identifies you as an experienced, knowledgeable, and highly-motivated title professional. So, take pride in what you do and show what you know by applying today and joining this elite group of TLTA Certified title professionals. You'll be glad you did it!. Start the process today by visiting the links below, emailing TLTA Certification or calling 512.472.6050.

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Exam Dates & Locations
 DFW Area - Oct. 16
 Houston - Oct. 17
 Houston - April 17, 2014
 Houston - Oct. 16, 2014 Application Deadlines
 Oct. 7
 Oct. 7
 March 31, 2014
 Sept. 29, 2014 

TLTA Staffer Participates in National Young Professional Summit

 TLTA Communications and Information Specialist Ryan Poulos recently attended the American Society for Association Executive's NextGen Summit in Reno, NV, where a select group of young professionals from associations across the country discussed the issues impacting young association professionals. 

Topics included whether the label of "young professional" is harmful or helpful, how associations can become more responsive to societal shifts and what the biggest barriers are for younger association members. You can read more about the topics the group discussed here. Poulos is also participating in the Texas Society of Association Executives' Leadership Academy, a nine-month program designed to help participants develop well-rounded skills and a broader knowledge base, which you can read more about here.     

Upcoming TLTA Live Webinars:

Nightmare on Entities Street: Handling Creatures of Statute That Go Bump in the Night 
Thursday, Oct. 10 | 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Entities: What are they? Why do they exist? What do I do with them? Spend an hour with our knowledgeable presenter, Bruce Goldston, as he reviews the many types of entities. You'll come away with the basic knowledge of what they are, why we have them and how dealing with them is different from dealing with an individual. This webinar will cover the following types of entities: Schedule C requirements, vesting, bankruptcy, involuntary liens and examination issues. 

Guarding the Guardianship, Trusting the Trustee
Tuesday, Oct. 15 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
This webinar will educate attendees on the basics of Texas Trust Law and Guardianships, including how to work with real property held in trust or subject to a court appointed guardianship, how to identify the appropriate trust or guardianship documents and what language to look for in each document and the possible challenges that may arise when dealing with trusts or guardianships and resolutions to such challenges. 

Navigating the Hazards of Construction Closings
Wednesday, Oct. 23 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
This webinar will discuss the various aspects of construction loans, such as lien validity and priority, applicable rate and procedural rules, and the basics of closing these transactions. This presentation is geared to help a new closer with the ABC's of construction closings, but will also provide tools for the experienced closer to use to help solve problems that can arise on any construction transaction. 

Intestacy in Texas: Who Gets What When There's No Will
Wednesday, Nov. 13 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
How do you sort out who needs to sign when someone in title dies without a will? This webinar will review the Texas intestacy laws, as well as contain some scenarios for participants to interact and help determine who may need to come to closing. The basics of intestacy will also be discussed, as well as types of probates commonly used when a deceased dies without a will. Other intestacy issues discussed include adopted individuals and disclaimer of interests. 

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.

Assistant Escrow Officer
Intelligent and energetic title closer/processor needed for title company in Houston Texas (Galleria Area).
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Escrow Assistant
Must be able to do front end and back end work as well as prepare HUD, do closings, and balance and fund files. Must also be able to prepare files for title policy.
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