December 2013

The 3-Generational Workplace: It's (Really!) A Good Thing

Forbes | Dec. 2, 2013
Baby Boomers (a generation 76 million strong) are reaching the traditional retirement age, but many are continuing to work well into their 60s and 70s (and sometimes beyond). At the same time, Millennials (a generation 80 million strong) are advancing in their careers and beginning to take on leadership roles at their companies. Add in the Gen Xers (those in their mid-30s and 40s), and for the first time, we’re seeing a workplace full of three generations. And this mashup, in many cases, has caused a good deal of friction. Read More »

Land Title School of Texas Now Open — New Dates and Location!

Feb. 10-12, 2014 | Westin Austin at the Domain | Sell Out Expected — Register Now
TLTA's Land Title School of Texas is now open! Offered only once a year, don't miss this opportunity to get in-depth, interactive and comprehensive title industry training. The full-immersion "boot camp" format condenses all the important information into just three days — saving your company time and money.

Who Should Attend?
This program is ideal for anyone who has worked in the title industry for less than five years, recently switched positions within your company or someone with more experience who simply needs a refresher. Participants will learn all the fundamentals needed to be a successful title professional. The Land Title School is also a great training program for new hires who need a comprehensive overview. Participants will gain a full understanding of a title company's role in a typical residential closing.

TLTA Sponsors Texas Historical Commission Courthouse Program

Donley County Named Stewardship Award Winner
Once again this year, TLTA sponsored the Texas Historical Commission (THC) Courthouse Stewardship Program in Austin. The two-day educational program is attended by county officials and courthouse maintenance personnel from those Texas counties that are part of the very successful THC Courthouse Restoration Program. The program provides instruction and best practices for maintaining these beautifully restored Texas treasures — everything from managing rust to keeping bats out of the belfry is on the program!  

At the conclusion of the program, the TLTA sponsored stewardship award was presented by TLTA Executive Vice President Leslie Midgley to Donley County Judge Jack Hall. The award recognizes counties that have established good stewardship practices to maintain their courthouse in restored condition. In addition to bringing recognition to the county, the awards are an incentive to all counties to develop maintenance planning, adequate funding and undertake quality work. 

Sharon Fleming, Director of the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program 
Jack Hall, Donley County Judge and award recipient
Leslie Midgley, TLTA Executive Vice President & CEO


TLTA Past-President Brian Pitman Elected to ALTA Board of Governors

The American Land Title Association (ALTA) recently announced that TLTA Past President Brian Pitman has been appointed to its Board of Governors for the 2013-2014 year. TLTA member Stewart Morris Jr. also serves on the 11-member board that's responsible for creating association policy, managing the financial health of the association and ensuring the overall welfare of the association. Read Full Press Release »

2013 Sold-Out Land Title Institute a Success

The 23rd Annual Robert C. Sneed Texas Land Title Institute was a great success. More than 450 real estate attorneys, agent owners and advanced closers attended the two-day program, where they learned about everything from closing issues to enforcement actions and the current legal cases impacting the industry. You can see photos from the event here.

TLTA would like to thank longtime Institute Committee Chair Roland Love for all of his hard work, along with the Institute Committee. 

We would also like to recognize the following attendees who won $25 Starbucks gift cards for their lightning fast responses during the Institute Trivia Challenge:
 Randy Lee, Stewart Title
 Jill Jester, Minor & Jester PC
 Randy Pearson, Central Texas Title

If you missed this year's Institute, a recording of the entire program will be available in early 2014 — stay tuned to TLTA for more information. Be sure to mark your calendar for next year's Institute, Dec. 4-5 in San Antonio.

Welcome to Our New TLTA Members!

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

Agent Members 
Land Services Title of Texas, LLC
990 Village Square #G-200
Tomball, TX 77375
County: Harris
Main Contact: Diana Mills
Phone: 855.343.7399 Lone Star Title Co of Cass County
1212 S. Main St.
Linden, TX 75563
County: Cass
Main Contact: Misty Partain
Phone: 903.756.3375 
FirstClose Title of Texas, LLC
6618 Sitio Del Rio Blvd. Bldge E-102
Austin, TX 78730
Counties: Williamson, Bexar, Dallas, Harris, Hays, Tarrant, Trinity
Main Contact: Rachel Templeton
Phone: 512.354.1495   
Associate Members 
Earl & Associates
15303 Huebner Rd. #15
Rockwall, TX 75087
Main Contact: David L. Earl
Phone: 210.222.1500 ATW Investments
12414 Nacogdoches, Suite 200
San Antonio, TX 78233
Main Contact: Ezequiel Martinez
Phone: 210.330.4622
Harlan Law Offices, PC
517 Phelps Ave.
Littlefield, TX 79339
Main Contact: Bruce L. Harlan
Phone: 806.385.3333 Exacta Texas Surveyors, Inc.
250 West Oak Loop
Cedar Creek, TX 78612
Main Contact: Scott Shelfer
Phone: 512.782.9398 
Corporation Service Company
2711 Centerville Road, Suite 400
Wilmington, DE 19808
Main Contact: Beth Stryzs
Phone: 302.636.5401 Named A Top Place to Work was recently named one of the Houston Chronicle's Top Workplaces. The Top Workplaces are based solely on employee feedback. Read Full Press Release »

Upcoming Webinar on New TDI Requirements — Register Today!

Agent Licensing Changes & New CE Requirements
Tuesday, Dec. 17 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Agency owners and managers, as well as underwriter agency representatives and managers, should definitely find the time for this webinar. There are several changes in how existing agents will be licensed the future, as well as new training requirements to be met for new agent licensing.

Did You Know?
Whether you want to learn about the latest industry topics or if you just need education hours, TLTA offers a full lineup of on-demand recorded webinars designed for title industry professionals. There's more than 50 recordings to choose from, and they're easily accessed right from your computer!

Board Approves Changes to TLTA Bylaws

On October 17, 2013, the Board of Directors voted to make a minor housekeeping amendment to the TLTA Bylaws to correct an inconsistency regarding previous approved changes that were made in April. You may view the redline version of the bylaws here or view a final version of the approved bylaws here. If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Midgley or Kim Schoppert at the TLTA office at 512.472.6593.