May 2014


Congrats to Our 2014 Professional Excellence Award Winners!

TLTA is proud to present Paul McNutt, Jr., executive vice president and general counsel at Title Resources Guaranty Company, and Robin D. Pearson, CTIA, escrow manager and escrow officer with Central Texas Title, with the esteemed Professional Excellence Award. The award recognizes those in the title industry who make a difference behind the scenes and highlights their extraordinary achievement. Winners of this award are nominated by co-workers or peers and received strong recommendations. They will receive their awards during the General Session at the TLTA Annual Conference, June 17 at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort in San Antonio.

Paul's peers said he spends countless hours educating title professionals on complex issues in an easy to understand way, and there are few people who know as much about Texas law and the title industry than him. He's served over 23 years at Title Resources Guaranty Company. As underwriting counsel, he helps title agents find ways to close transactions safely. He also teaches escrow and real estate agent classes.
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Paul McNutt

Paul McNutt, Jr.

Robin's peers said she's a great ambassador for the industry, and her positive attitude and knack for making people feel at ease in almost any situation appeals to both her co-workers and clients. She's worked in the title industry for 33 years and oversees escrow operations at all of Central Texas Title office locations.
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Robin PEarson

Robin D. Pearson, CTIA



TLTA Website Undergoing Maintenance on Tuesday, May 13  

The TLTA website will be down beginning at noon on Tuesday while we perform an upgrade to our system. We hope the website will be back up by the end of Tuesday. If you need to sign up for a webinar, register for an event or purchase a product, please call the TLTA office at 512.472.6593, and we'll be happy to take your order over the phone. Thank you for your patience!


2014-2015 Call for Committee & Volunteer Service — Sign Up Today!

TLTA is incredibly fortunate to have more than 300 volunteers who help us accomplish great things. But today's volunteers face limited time, as the world is a busy place. That's why we've made it easy for you to participate in your association. Let us match your skills, talents and time availability with our many volunteer opportunities so you can get involved no matter how much or how little time you have to commit. There's a role for everyone — sign up today! Please complete the volunteer/committee service survey by Wednesday, May 14.



Register Today for the Annual Conference & Business Meeting

Hotel Rooms are Selling Out Quickly!
June 16-18, 2014 | Hyatt Hill Country Resort
The 2014 Annual Conference & Business Meeting will take place at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, Monday through Wednesday, June 16-18. TLTA's Annual Conference & Business Meeting is the one place you can get the latest information and tools you need to help your company be successful.

Featuring These Keynote Speakers:
 Julia Rathgeber, Commissioner, Texas Department of Insurance
 David Friend, Counsel, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
 Penny Reed, Vice President of Settlement Services, Wells Fargo
 Rob Chapman, President, American Land Title Association
 Evan Smith, Editor-in-Chief & CEO, Texas Tribune

Take a Deeper Dive at These In-Depth Breakout Sessions:

 CFPB Implementation — Where the Rubber Meets the Road
 Lender Requirements & Best Practices
 Social Media & Your Business

Learn More | Schedule | Register Now | Book Hotel

Agent & Underwriter Statistical Reports Now Available

The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has released its Agent and Underwriter Statistical Reports for the calendar year 2012. The agent reports include information about income and expenses from title agents and underwriters doing business in Texas. You can view the Agent Statistical Report here and the Underwriter Statistical Report here.

TDI has also issued its calls for 2013 Agent and Underwriter Statistical Data. You can read the agent call here and the underwriter call here.

Don't forget to register for the upcoming TLTA webinar On-Time & Error-Free TDI Experience Reporting. Learn more and register here.


TLTA Board Member Nominated for Father of the Year Award

TLTA Board Member Alex Harris, Bay Area Title Services, LLC, was recently nominated for a Father of the Year Award by the Father's Day Council. The Council's Father of the Year events help the American Diabetes Association fund essential research, education and advocacy. Alex serves on the TLTA Board of Directors and as Executive Vice President of Bay Area Title Services, LLC in Corpus Christi. More information about the award ceremony and donation details can be found here.



In Memorium: Debbie Herring Alcorn, Diane Oatman

TLTA is sad to report the recent loss of these title industry veterans:

Debbie Herring Alcorn passed away on April 2, 2014. Debbie worked for East Texas Title Companies for 9 years and managed the abstracting department. She was a great teacher, trainer and mentor. Debbie received her TLTA CAEA Certification designation in 2009. She was a hard worker striving to learn more to keep up with our ever changing industry. Debbie was always available and willing to help anyone with any question. She served on the Land Title School Committee for TLTA from 2012 to 2014 and the Certification Committee in 2013-2014. She will be deeply missed in that family at East Texas Title Company.
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Diane Oatman, president and escrow officer at Oatman Land Titles, Inc., passed away on May 1, 2014. 
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Stewart Title Announces New Division President in Lubbock

Stewart Title recently announced the appointment of Doug Jordan as the new division president of Stewart Title’s Lubbock operations. Jordan will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations in Lubbock County. Read Company Press Release »


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 also photos that 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. Learn More »


Welcome to Our New TLTA Members!

We extend a warm welcome to our newest TLTA members:

Agent Members

24/7 Digital LLC, dba Digital Abstract & Title
114 Main St.
Canadian, TX 79014
County: Hemphill
Main Contact: Laura Westbrook
Phone: 806.217.2101 Farris Title Group, LLC
211 E. Southlake Blvd. Suite 180
Southlake, TX 76092
County: Tarrant
Main Contact: Matt Farris
Phone: 817.349.7251
   

Associate Members

Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC
1001 Woodlock Forest Dr. Suite 300
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Main Contact: Richard Steeno
Phone: 281.203.5700
www.steptoe-johnson.com
Epiphany Staffing Group
103 Mustang Drive
Rockwall, TX 75087
Main Contact: Donna Roland
Phone: 214.551.5796
www.epiphanystaffinggroup.com

Craddock David & Krause, LLP
3100 Monticello, Suite 550
Dallas, TX 75205
Main Contact: Ramona Craddock
Phone: 214.750.3550
www.cdklawfirm.com
Jon D. Smithson, P.C.
1425 Lamar
Tyler, TX 75701
Main Contact: Jon Smithson
Phone: 903.592.4800
www.smithsonlaw.com

AVS Tax Service
14881 Quorum Dr, Ste. 275
Addison, TX 75001
Main Contact: Wick Comegys
Phone: 214.551.5796
avs-tx.com

Harris, Finley & Bogle, P.C.
777 Main Street, Suite 3600
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Main Contact: Kendall Adair
Phone: 817.870.8700
www.hfblaw.com

Charles Newton & Associates
190 N. Millport Circle
The Woodlands, TX 77382
Main Contact: Charles Newton
Phone: 281.681.1170
www.chucknewton.com

Gardner Law Firm
745 E. Mulberry Ave. Suite 500
San Antonio, TX 78212
Main Contact: Donna Roland
Phone: 210.733.8191
www.gardner.sa.com


Register for These Upcoming Hot Topic Webinars!

On-Time & Error-Free TDI Experience Reporting
Tuesday, May 13 | 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Presented by:
Sylvia Freyling, Fidelity National Group
Nancy Waggoner, Republic Title of Texas, Inc.
Ed Hill, Ed Hill & Company, CPAs, LLC
Live Version | On-Demand Version

Water Rights in the Everyday Lives of Texans
Tuesday, May 20 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Presented by:
Charles R. Porter, Jr., St. Edward's University
Live Version | On-Demand Version

Escrow Procedures - It Really IS All About the Money!
Thursday, May 22 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Presented by:
Denise Smith Holmes, Independence Title Company
Nancy Waggoner, Republic Title of Texas, Inc.
Live Version | On-Demand Version