Downdate: May 2016
Texas Land Title Association - Dateline: Austin
May 23, 2016
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TLTA 2016 State of the Association Now Available
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TLTA is pleased to present the 2016 TLTA State of the Association, highlighting the work and well-being of your association over the last year, as well as thoughts on the challenges facing us in the year ahead.
 
We hope you'll take a few minutes to read this brief but important recap.
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How Cybercriminals Exploit Human Nature
PYMNTS.com | April 29, 2016
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According to the results of Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report, released on April 27, cybercriminals have become quite adept at using their victims’ human nature against them in order to get what they want.
 
For example, the study found that nearly 63 percent of confirmed data breaches involved using weak, default or stolen passwords. The data also shows that most cyberattacks exploit vulnerabilities that are known to the targeted organization and have never been addressed, even if security patches have been available for months or years.
 
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In Memory of Don Still, TLTA Past President (1933 – 2016)
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Don Hamilton Still passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the age of 82. He was a dedicated, well-respected businessman whose handshake and word were as good as a contract. His peers elected him to be president of Title Underwriters of Texas in 1972, president of TLTA in 1987-1988, Title Man of the Year in 1990 and Honorary Member for Sustained Meritorious Service to TLTA in 1999.
 
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Congratulations to TLTA's Newest 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!
 
Janette Coon, CESA
Rio Bravo Title, LLC
Allison Mayo, CESA
Capital Title of Texas, LLC
Rafael Garcia, CESA
Rio Bravo Title, LLC
Irasema Munoz Ashrafzadeh, CESA
Rio Bravo Title, LLC
Carla Gilmer, CAEA
West Texas Abstract & Title Company
Katie Murphy, CESA
Monteith Abstract & Title Company
Hall Henderson, CESA
Security & Guaranty Abstract Co.
Donna Phillips, CESA
Town Square Title Company, LLC
Frank Hernandez, CAEA
Rio Bravo Title, LLC
Travis Smith, CESA
Rio Bravo Title, LLC
David Jenkins, CTIA
PTS-Texas Title, Inc.
Rachel Samaniego, CESA
Rio Bravo Title, LLC
John Martin, CTIA
Lone Star Title Company of El Paso
 
 
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Dawn Lewallen Elected a Fellow to the American College of Mortgage Attorneys
American Land Title Association | May 10, 2016
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ALTA and Stewart Title announced that Dawn Lewallen, Senior Compliance Counsel and Senior Underwriter, was elected a fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA).
 
Lewallen has worked in real estate services for more than 17 years and has been an active member of TLTA, ALTA and the Georgia Bar Association. Her expertise includes writing and lecturing on real estate and title insurance for financial institutions, builder and Realtor associations and title companies throughout the country.

Read the Press Release »
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Leslie Midgley Elected New Board Chair of Girl Scouts of Central Texas
Girl Scouts of Central Texas | May 6, 2016
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By a unanimous vote, the Girl Scouts of Central Texas elected TLTA Executive Vice President and CEO Leslie Midgley as the new Board Chair and Corporation President. She has served on the Board of GSCTX since 2013.
 
Leslie grew up as a Girl Scout, beginning as a Brownie, eventually earning the First Class (now known as the Gold Award), the highest recognition a Girl Scout could earn. Her mother was her troop leader and later served on the Council in Brownwood, Texas. 
 
“The lessons I learned through Girls Scouts helped define who I am and continue to inform my decisions every day," she said. "I’m so proud to be able to give back to an organization that made such an impact on my life. The Girl Scout movement has grown and expanded over the years to remain relevant with what today’s girls need, and Girl Scouts of Central Texas is on the forefront, offering incredible programming to help build strong female leaders. How exciting to be part of that!”
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Join the One Hundred Percent Club!
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The One Hundred Club is a great way to support the TLTAPAC and your industry. But there is strength in numbers when you and your company join the One Hundred Percent Club! All you have to do is have 100 percent of your company's employees donating to the TLTAPAC. Any amount is welcome.
 
The Texas title insurance industry employs over 13,000 people – but fewer than 650 people have donated to the TLTAPAC this year. Support your industry by inducting your company into the One Hundred Percent Club!

Donate to the TLTAPAC »
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A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members
Agent Members
 
Wilson Title Services of Texas, LLC
19320 San Luis Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77554
Main Contact: Mary Bullock
Phone: 407.395.6969
Email: manderson@wilsontitleservices.com
Website: www.wilsontitleservices.com
 
N Title, LLC
450 Gears Rd., Ste. 330
Houston, TX 77067
Main Contact: Joanne Youssef
Phone: 281.598.1111
Email: joanne.youssef@ntitle.net
Website: www.ntitle.net
 
Associate Members
 
Notaries To You
P.O. Box 1170
Rancho Murieta, CA 95683
Main Contact: Sherry Luman-Carrillo
Phone: 916.354.1100
Email: request@notariestoyou.com
Website: www.notariestoyou.com
Bus. Type: Mobile Notary Service
 
Hensley & Krueger LLP
2211 Norfolk, Ste. 211
Houston, TX 77098
Main Contact: Cory M. Krueger
Phone: 713.850.9700
Email: ck@hktexaslaw.com
Website: www.hktexaslaw.com
Bus. Type: Law Firm
 
RSH Infrastructure Services
15425 North Freeway, Ste. 370
Houston, TX 77090
Main Contact: Cassey Raines
Phone: 832.631.4339
Email: cassey.raines@rshenergy.com
Website: www.rshenergy.com
Bus. Type: Survey Company
 
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Check out TLTA's list of live and On-Demand webinars. Register for one today!
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Texas Land Title Association, 1717 W. 6th St., Suite 120, Austin, TX, 78703
Phone 512.472.6593 | Fax: 512.472.5931