Downdate: Oct. 2016
Texas Land Title Association - Dateline: Austin
Oct. 17, 2016
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TLTA Honors Mark Greek for Years of Service as TLTAPAC Fundraising Co-Chair
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(Left to right) Mark Greek, outgoing TLTAPAC Fundraising Co-Chair and Randy Pittman, Fundraising Co-Chair
At the recent TLTAPAC Board of Trustees meeting, Mark Greek, outgoing Fundraising Co-Chair, was honored for his many contributions in that role. A historic map of Texas was presented to him in recognition and thanks for his years of service.
 
"Mark has been instrumental in TLTAPAC's phenomenal growth in recent years," said Leslie Midgley, Executive Vice President and CEO of TLTA. "His passion, leadership and dedication to TLTAPAC and this industry are truly inspiring, and we have been so lucky to be the beneficiaries of his incredible work. We are deeply grateful for all that he has done.”
 
Greek is retiring from the industry at the end of this year. Patrick Rose, President of Corridor Title, will step into his role as Fundraising Co-Chair alongside Randy Pittman, who will continue serving.
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TLTA Receives Texas Historical Commission Governor's Award for Historic Preservation
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Left to right: John P. Bruce, CTIP, NTP, TLTA Board member; Todd Rasco, TLTA Board member; G. Roland Love, TLTAPAC Vice Chairman; James H. Dudley, IV, President, TLTA; Mark Wolfe, Executive Director, Texas Historical Commission; Leslie Midgley, CAE, Executive Vice President and CEO, TLTA; J. Christopher Phillips, President-Elect, TLTA; Bruce Liesman, CAEP, CTIP, TLTA Past President; Rebecca J. Cotton-Osmon, TLTA Board member; Kim Minks, TLTA Board member.
On Monday, Oct. 10, TLTA received the 2015 Texas Historical Commission (THC) Governor's Award for Historic Preservation for our work with the agency's award-winning Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program since 2005.
 
This prestigious award, given to TLTA during a special ceremony conducted by Governor Greg Abbott, recognizes TLTA and its members' support for the preservation and conservation of Texas' historic courthouses. As guardians of property records, Texas courthouses have long been associated with our industry and remain uniquely connected to our work. As part of TLTA, you have helped make these historical preservation efforts possible, and we are proud to share this honor with you.
In addition to saving important landmarks, the Texas Historical Commission's THCPP provides many benefits to Texas communities. Restored historic courthouses have proven to be an economic booster for counties, providing increased safety, accessibility, energy efficiency, heritage tourism and more.

"County courthouses are the cornerstones of our communities, and the Texas Land Title Association is proud to be part of ensuring they are preserved and maintained so generations of Texans can use and enjoy them," said Leslie Midgley, Executive Vice President and CEO of TLTA. "The Texas Historical Commission is a vital agency and as we enter the eleventh year of our partnership with them, we are honored to receive this prestigious award."
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Left to right: Mark Wolfe, Executive Director, Texas Historical Commission; Texas Governor Greg Abbott; James H. Dudley, IV, TLTA President; Leslie Midgley, TLTA Executive Vice President and CEO.
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Left to right: James Malanaphy, AIA, THCPP; Peggy Riddle, Museum Director, Denton County Office of History and Culture; and J. Christopher Phillips, President-Elect, TLTA Board tour the restored Denton County Courthouse.
Said James H. Dudley, IV, President of TLTA, "I want to thank the Texas Historical Commission for the important work they've done in revitalizing our treasured Texas courthouses. Their passion and dedication to this project is a true gift to the citizens of our state. TLTA is grateful for the continued opportunity to partner with them to provide Texas counties with the tools they need to be good stewards of these beautiful buildings, which are the heart and soul of our communities. We're proud and honored to be part of this great Texas history project."
To date, the THCPP has funded the restoration of 67 Texas courthouses, and another 26 courthouses have received emergency or planning grants to complete small projects.
 
 
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2016-17 ALTA Board of Governors Includes Two TLTA Members
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ALTA has named their 2016-17 Board of Governors. Daniel D. Mennenoh ITP, NTP of Galena, IL will serve as president of the organization for the coming year.
 
The new board also includes two TLTA members:
  • Jack Rattikin, III of Fort Worth has been named Chair of the Finance Committee
  • Patrick H. Beall of Houston has been named Underwriters Section Representative.
Congratulations!
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Patti Bonner Presents TLTAPAC Check
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Former TLTA President Patti Bonner recently presented a TLTAPAC check to Ste. Rep. Jason Isaac of District 45. Thanks, Patti, for representing TLTAPAC
 
TLTAPAC helps support candidates for the Texas legislature and statewide offices who impact the title insurance industry. Through TLTAPAC, we strive to educate elected officials about the importance of our industry to the consumers of Texas, dispel myths about title insurance and create a stronger understanding and appreciation of what we do and why.

If you are interested in participating by presenting a check to your legislator, contact Aaron Day at aaron@tlta.com.
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Business Matters: The 2016 Trends in Cybercrime That You Need to Know About
CNBC | Sept. 28, 2016
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The volume, scope and cost of cybercrime have reached very high levels – and are set to get even higher, according to a report from Europol, the European Union's law enforcement agency.

In a report identifying eight trends in the underworld of cybercrime, Europol warned that cybercrime offences were becoming the norm and overtaking the reporting of "traditional" crimes in some EU countries.

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Study: Real Estate Cheapest in Fall, Winter
Realtor Mag | Sept. 26, 2016
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Home sales prices in the nation’s largest metros typically peak during the summer but drop in the fall and are lowest in the winter, according to a new study from NerdWallet, in which researchers analyzed sales and listings over the past two years in the 50 largest metros using Realtor.com data.
 
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Have You Registered for the HOP Workshop?
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How to Grow Your Business With the Homebuyer Outreach Program, a new pre-Institute program, will feature Wayne Stanley, Director of Public Affairs at ALTA, as well as Jack Rattikin, III, ALTA board member and TLTA member. This highly interactive workshop will show you and your staff how to:  
  • Communicate the benefit of title insurance more effectively
  • Reach more homebuyers, real estate agents and lenders using customized outreach materials
  • Reduce costs by learning advertising best practices and pitfalls
  • Measure the results of your outreach to homebuyers
Don't miss this workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 1 - 5:15 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa! 
  
Learn More About the Texas Land Title Institute »
  
Learn More About This Pre-Institute Workshop »
  
Register for This Pre-Institute Workshop »
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Take TLTA's Certification Survey!
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TLTA wants to hear from you!
 
We have created a very brief survey on certification. If you have not yet earned your TLTA certification, we would like to get your feedback on the program and our outreach. This survey should only take a minute or two, and your input would be very helpful!

Take the Survey »
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A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members
Agent Members
 
FNC Title Services, LLC
3648 FM 1960 West, Ste. 115
Houston, TX 77068
Main Contact: Stephen A. Hester, Jr.
Phone: 281.631.5881
Email: stephenahesterjr@msn.com
 
BRPS Title of Texas, LLC
4888 Loop Central Dr., Ste. 505
Houston, TX 77081
Main Contact: Cary Russell
Phone: 844.277.7885
Email: cary.russell@brpstitle.com
Website: www.brookfieldrps.com/us/
 
Associate Members
 
The Laird Law Firm
1512 Heights Blvd.
Houston, TX 77008
Main Contact: Jeffrey W. Laird
Phone: 713.529.8800
Email: jeff@lairdlaw.net
Website: www.lairdlaw.net
Bus. Type: Law Firm, Fee Attorney
 
Mazurek & Holliday, PC
8015 Broadway, Ste. 101
P. O. Box 17037
San Antonio, TX 78209
Main Contact: Chance Mazurek
Phone: 210.824.2188
Email: cmazurek@mhenergylaw.com
Website: www.mhenergylaw.com
Bus. Type: Energy Law Firm
 
Dunn & Dill CPAs PC
245 Cedar Sage Dr., Ste. 210
Garland, TX 75040
Main Contact: William L. Dunn, CPA
Phone: 972.485.5333
Email: wdunn@dunndillcpa.com
Website: www.dunndillcpa.com
Bus. Type: CPA Firm
 
Wallace & Jackson, PC
820 Main St., Ste. 100
Kerrville, TX 78028
Main Contact: David L. Jackson
Phone: 830.258.4205
Email: djackson@ktc.com
Bus. Type: Law Firm
 
Doyle Law Firm, PLLC
6710 Stewart Rd., Ste. 300
Galveston, TX 77551
Main Contact: Patrick F. Doyle
Phone: 409.744.9783
Bus. Type: Law Firm - Document Preparation
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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