June 2014

Successful 2014 Annual Conference Educates, Entertains and Informs

TLTA's recent Annual Conference and Business Meeting at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort in San Antonio 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 18-20 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine.

CFPB Counsel David FriendMore than 350 members of the title industry came together to hear about topics such as what's going on at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the latest on lender requirements and best practices, trends in agent insurance coverage and social media. The Opening General Session kicked off with an informative speech from CFPB Counsel David Friend, who was a part of the regulatory team that drafted the new rule to combine disclosure forms. He detailed the new rule and final forms, including the requirements for delivery and timing on changes, and concluded by taking several questions from the audience.

The CFPB discussion continued with Leslie Wyatt, Director of Industry Relations for SoftPro and Stephen Breden, a mortgage industry consultant. They discussed how title agent software and lender software will have to work together to allow for shared completion of the new forms, and included an update on what's being done to coordinate the approach. Penny Reed, a strategy consultant and vice president of financial reform at Wells Fargo, also dove deeper into the lender's perspective on the new rules, detailing how lenders and title agents will have to work together closely to share information in order to deliver the new closing disclosure in the required time frame.
TDI Commissioner Julia Rathgeber

At Tuesday's General Session, ALTA President Rob Chapman discussed some of the key federal issues impacting the industry, including tax issues and GSE reform. He also went over ALTA's "Title Insurance and Settlement Company Best Practices" and other ways to improve the closing process. Following Chapman, Michael Brown, an economist with Wells Fargo Securities, gave an overview of the condition of the U.S. economy and current economic events being discussed in the national media.

The General Session key note address came from Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Commissioner Julia Rathgeber. She provided an update on several structural and process improvements at the Department and discussed her enthusiasm for continuing to develop a cooperative relationship with TLTA, title agents and underwriters. She also emphasized the importance of maintaining a healthy industry while protecting consumers.

Hot topic breakout sessions throughout the afternoon also offered something for everyone, ranging from the latest on data security and social media, to more detailed CFPB updates and information about the latest trends in agent insurance coverage.

The Tuesday and Wednesday TLTAPAC Breakfasts were both informative and inspirational. At Tuesday's First Annual Terry Grantham Memorial PAC Author James BradleyBreakfast, 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 over the next couple years. At Wednesday's closing PAC Breakfast, New York Times best-selling author James Bradley shared the inspirational story behind his book, Flags of Our Fathers, which tells the story of the soldiers who raised the flag on Iwo Jima.

Stay tuned for a big TLTAPAC announcement regarding this year's record-breaking fundraising numbers. We can't wait to see you next year at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, June 18-20!

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 page to see additional photos from the Conference and other events throughout the year!

2014-2015 Board of Directors Elected

During the Tuesday business meeting, TLTA installed the new 2014-2015 Board of Directors:

President Dawn Moore, Allegiance Title Company, Dallas
President-Elect Patti Bonner, CTIA, Stewart Title Guaranty Company, Austin
Immediate Past President Joe Grealish, Fidelity National Title Group, Houston
Agent Section Chair James Dudley, IV, Central Texas Land Titles, Inc., Horseshoe Bay
Agent Section Vice Chair Byron Lewis, Edwards Abstract and Title Company, Edinburg
Agent Section Delegate Alex Harris, Bay Area Title Services LLC, Corpus Christi
Agent At-Large Director John Martin, Lone Star Title Company, El Paso
Agent At-Large Director John DeLoach, CTIA, Sierra Title Company, San Antonio
Underwriter Section Chair Christopher Phillips, First National Title Insurance Company, Plano
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

Teresa Frost Awarded Title Person of the Year

Teresa Frost, vice president and Texas state agency manager for National Investors 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.

"Teresa has volunteered countless hours to TLTA, answering the call regularly to share her extensive industry knowledge to help develop curriculum for continuing education and training programs," said Leslie Midgley, Executive Vice President and CEO of TLTA. "She's known for her leadership in the field of education and her dedication to enhancing the professionalism of the industry. She is loved and respected by all our colleagues. We are extremely proud to present her with this award for which she is most deserving."

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Roland Love Awarded James H. Garst President's Award

Roland LoveRoland Love, a shareholder with Winstead PC, 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.

"Whatever we ask Roland to do, he not only does willingly, but he does it with skill, dedication and integrity" said Joe Grealish, 2013-14 TLTA President and Houston Division President of Fidelity National Title Group. "I'm honored to present Roland with the President's Award for his great service to our industry this year and every year."

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Paul McNutt, Jr. and Robin Pearson, CTIA, Honored with Professional Excellence Awards 

The Professional Excellence Award recognizes individuals who exhibit a high standard of performance in their profession and set an example of excellence for others to follow. This year's winners were well respected and admired by their co-workers, peers and customers for contributing through attitude, character and deeds more than their job description requires. The 2014 winners are Paul McNutt, Jr., executive vice president and general counsel at Title Resources Guaranty Company and Robin Pearson, CTIA, an escrow manager and escrow officer with Central Texas Title.     

Read Full Press Release Paul McNutt, Jr.
Read Full Press Release Robin Pearson, CTIA

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Congratulations to Our New Certified Professionals!

TLTA congratulates all of the 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 2014 exam dates and application deadlines.


Joshua Layton, CTIA Fidelity National Title Insurance Company Byron Jay Lewis, CTIA  Edwards Abstract and Title Co.
Mariana Ragousis-Ramirez, CESA, CTIA Edwards Abstract and Title Co. Frederick D. Schraub, CTIA Alliant National Title Insurance Company
Marilyn De Luna, CESA, CAEA, CTIA Edwards Abstract and Title Co.
Daniel Elkins, Jr., CAEA Heritage Title Company of Austin, Inc.
Bob Willis, CAEA Corridor Title, LLC Mary A. Barrientos, CESA Edwards Abstract and Title Co.
Jennifer Carlisle, CESA Capital Title of Texas, LLC Martha L. Garcia, CESA Edwards Abstract and Title Co.
Jan Nicole Hawkins, CESA LSI Title Agency, Inc.
Jessica Hansen, CESA Security Title
Amy Jones, CESA Republic Title of Texas, Inc. Monica Middleton, CESA Capital Title of Texas, LLC
Judy Mills, CESA Capital Title of Texas, LLC
Dawn C. Moore, CESA University Title Company
Jennifer Pederson, CESA Chicago Title of Texas, LLC Jennifer Pospisil, CESA Chicago Title of Texas, LLC
Kim Tomme, CESA University Title Company Elizabeth Woodroof , CESA Texas Secure Title Company, LLC
Gretchen Wright, CESA Texas Secure Title Company, LLC
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Save the Date for Next Year!

Save the date now and plan to join us June 18-20, 2015, for the next TLTA Annual Conference and Business Meeting at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine! Stay tuned to our Annual Conference webpage for more information.