Downdate: January 2016
Texas Land Title Association - Dateline: Austin
January 22, 2016
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Basic Manual Review Task Force Meets in Austin
Texas Land Title Association | Dec. 16, 2015
(Left-right) Heidi Junge, Jim Gosdin, and Denise Holmes, CTIA
The Basic Manual Task Force, chaired by Denise Holmes, CTIA, met in Austin on Wednesday, Dec. 15. The group continues to work on putting the final touches on a draft version of a reorganized Basic Manual. This task force has put in untold hours over the last 18 months working to reorganize and reformat the Basic Manual for ease of use. Initially, this reformatted version will be available on the TDI website for review and comment before eventually being adopted. TLTA will keep you posted as this draft version becomes available for comment and testing. It is worth noting that no substantive changes are being made as part of this process; it will simply be a reformatted, easier-to-use version.
Janet Minke, CTIA
Recent Basic Manual Updates
Recently, changes to the content of the Basic Manual were made, and more changes are expected later this spring. If you haven't updated your subscription, now is a great time to do so. Contact TLTA at 512.472.6593 or
Stand Out From the Competition With TLTA Certification
Gaining your TLTA certification is a prestigious distinction that demonstrates your knowledge and strengthens your resume, both within the title industry and outside of it.  Make 2016 the year for an important new step in your career. Get certified!
What can certification do for you? TLTA members had this to say:
"The professional distinction of a certification sets apart experts from other title/escrow professionals in a competitive marketplace. The certification has brought customers looking to find forward-thinking, knowledgeable, solution-based experts in their field. Such proven skill and knowledge differentiates the holder from others in the field, which can aid in career growth, recognition and ultimately compensation."
– Karen A. Young, CTIA, Vice President/Underwriting Counsel, First American Title Company
"Certified Title Associates are recognized and respected in our industry. Being certified confirms your competence and capabilities to peers, customers, supervisors, realtors and lenders. It is a wonderful way to distinguish yourself in your specified area of the industry. As transactions and regulations change, the demand for experienced title professionals will be on the rise."
– Brandy Barton, CESA, Branch Manager, Austin and San Marcos, DHI Title
"The TLTA Certification shows that you possess knowledge within a very important industry. And it says to the general public that you can be trusted with their transactions."
– Allen A. Parker CAEA, CTIA, Area Manager, DHI Title of Central Texas/Houston and Louisiana
Carolyn Monroe Named New Western Division President of Old Republic Title Holding Company
DS News | Jan. 4, 2016
Old Republic National Title Insurance Company (ORNTIC) has announced the promotion of ORNTIC Executive Vice President and Southwest Division Manager Carolyn Monroe to President of Old Republic Title Holding Company (ORTHC) and its subsidiaries.
Monroe will lead direct and agency operations in the Western division, including the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Carolyn recently served as a member of the TLTA Board of Directors.
Make Sure Your Staff is Getting Full TLTA Benefits
Did you know that, by being part of a TLTA member company, everyone on your staff automatically has membership privileges and is entitled to enjoy the many benefits TLTA has to offer? They are, but only if they are in the TLTA database. 
Fortunately, the TLTA database allows one or more people on your staff to serve as a TLTA Company Administrator and ensure your employee and company information is always up to date.
Your TLTA Company Administrator(s) can:
  • Add records for new people joining your company
  • Update contact information (emails, addresses, phone numbers, etc.)
  • Delete records for people no longer with your company
  • Register members for upcoming TLTA events and programs
Ensure your staff receives all the latest information by working with your TLTA Company Administrator to update your employee records. If you don’t know who your TLTA Company Administrator is (or if you’re not sure if your company has designated one yet), please contact Michael De La Rosa at or 512.879.2890. 
In Memory of Senator Chris Harris (1948 – 2015)
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Dec. 2015
Former Senator Chris Harris passed away at the age of 67. An Arlington High, TCU and Baylor Law School graduate, Harris served portions of Tarrant, Denton, Johnson, Parker and Dallas counties during a 28-year career as a state lawmaker that ended with his retirement as the longest-serving Republican in the Texas Senate in 2013. He was chairman of the Senate Administration Committee for five terms, was the Senate president pro tempore in 2001 and headed committees on jurisprudence and economic development. Senator Harris was a long-time friend of the title insurance industry and we salute his many contributions. He will be missed.
TLTA is developing several new webinars this spring. February webinars are introductory courses on endorsements. They're perfect for new title insurance professionals – or seasoned veterans who want a quick refresher. You won't want to miss these great and convenient learning opportunities!
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