Downdate: Nov. 2016
Texas Land Title Association - Dateline: Austin
Nov. 21, 2016
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Congrats to the 2016 Class of TLTA's Leadership Academy!
Texas Land Title Association | Nov. 21, 2016
Second from left: Dr. Trey Guinn discusses presentational effectiveness with the TLTA Leadership Academy students
Congrats to the participants of the 2016 Alex H. Halff Leadership Academy! TLTA is proud to announce that 38 title professionals participated in the program this year. Over two days at the Westin Austin at the Domain, the students honed their leadership skills while learning more about communication styles, management techniques, customer service strategies, presentational effectiveness and much more.
The program has earned rave reviews from the class of 2016:
  • "It exceeded my expectations; the program and speakers were just perfect."
  • "These speakers were top notch! I got great information from each of them that I can use in my personal and professional life."
  • "I realized that I need to translate my leadership style to meet the needs of the team I work with. It was very eye opening."
  • "Where do I begin? We have a tendency to get caught up in the numbers, the politics, making money, examining financials, etc., and don't take the time to realize the importance of what we do. The academy offered the opportunity to take a step back and view the industry through the eyes of our leaders. Their perspective was refreshing and inspiring. Is there a part two?"
Congrats again to all the participants!
The next Leadership Academy will be held in the spring of 2018. In the meantime, learn about TLTA's other great continuing education opportunities!
TLTA Participates in Historic San Felipe de Austin Groundbreaking
Texas Land Title Association | Nov. 21, 2016
Left to right: Lareatha Clay, Board of Trustees, Friends of the Texas Historical Commission; State. Rep. Leighton Schubert; John Nau, chair, THC; Sen. Lois Kolkhorst; Florence Sims, longtime supporter; and Carolyn Bilski, president, Friends of San Felipe de Austin and former Austin County Judge start to break ground at the new museum and visitor's center site at San Felipe de Austin
A proud supporter of the Texas Historical Commission's Texas Courthouse Stewardship Program, TLTA attended the Oct. 20 groundbreaking of a museum and visitor's center in San Felipe de Austin. These new facilities will tell the story of the colony founded by Stephen F. Austin, following the events that led to the Texas revolution – including the famous Runaway Scrape, in which the residents fled San Felipe de Austin and burned it to the ground to prevent Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and the Mexican army from taking their supplies.
“Being a lifelong resident of Texas, and having a wife who has taught Texas history in the public school system, I can’t tell you how excited I am to see this project coming to fruition," said Chris Cangelosi, vice president of Washington County Abstract and TLTA Board of Directors member. "We have such a rich history in our great state, and based on what I’ve seen, the San Felipe de Austin museum will tell much of it.”    
“We’re going to tell a story here that must be told over and over to understand where we came from and where we must go,” said Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham), who spoke at the groundbreaking. She discussed how local residents have led reenactments for years in an effort to keep their history alive, stating, “They did it because they knew it was the right thing to do.”
(Left to right) Chris Cangelosi, vice president of Washington County Abstract and TLTA Board of Directors member and Rep. Leighton Schubert
“San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, a colony founded by Stephen F. Austin in 1823, played a pivotal role in events leading up to the Texas Revolution," said John L. Nau, III, chairman of THC. “This dramatic story is not nearly as well known or understood as others in the chronicles of Texas history, including the Alamo and San Jacinto. The new museum will change that by telling the story of this historic site.”
In addition to the museum, the facility will host an orientation center, outdoor interpretation, exhibits and education programs. The site is currently open to visitors, with the new museum on track to open in the spring of 2018.
Don't Miss This Exclusive Marketing Seminar
TLTA wants to make sure you know about the upcoming marketing seminar we are offering on Dec. 7 in San Antonio. This program is specifically designed for owners, managers and marketing reps. This is a unique opportunity to hear about the groundbreaking new tools that ALTA has developed to help agents market the benefits of title insurance to their consumers. 
It’s a totally new approach to how we market title insurance, and you’ll walk away armed with social media tools and templates for creating brochures and other collateral materials, plus a plan that you can immediately implement in your company.
It’s more than a traditional seminar – it’s like getting to spend time with a PR and marketing consultant for a few hours!
TLTA and ALTA will only be offering this program once in Texas, so you should not miss it.
Basic Manual Task Force Rides Again
The Basic Manual Task Force, chaired by Denise Holmes, CTIP, recently began phase two of their project to reformat the Basic Manual into a more user-friendly publication for industry practitioners as well as consumers. This phase of the project will involve rewriting existing rules in plain language and revising the manual to eliminate partial rules and duplication where possible. The ultimate goal is to promulgate a Basic Manual that is both logical and user friendly.

TLTA extends our thanks and appreciation to the task force for all they have done, and all they continue to do, on this project.
Certification Committee Meets; Congratulations to All 2016 TLTA Certified Professionals
Left to right: Gretchen Wright, CESP, CTIP, Elizabeth Woodroof, CESP, CTIP and John Bruce, CTIP, NTP of the TLTA Certification Committee
The TLTA Certification Committee recently had a subcommittee meeting to review content and create new questions for the certification tests.
If you haven't already, make a plan to take the exam and join this elite group of title professionals! Learn more about the program, learn how to apply, see the schedule of upcoming exams and view a list of resources to help you prepare. You can also contact Kaylee Willems if you have specific certification questions.
TLTA congratulates all of the title professionals who became certified recently!
Stephanie Acosta, CESP, CTIP
Jackson Abstract & Title Company
Sonny Livesay, CAEP
Integrity Title
Erik Barnard, CESP
Ellis County Abstract & Title Company
Marlene Schnick, CESP
Fort Bend Title, LLC
Andrea Bolin, CESP
Celebrity Title Company, LLC
Teri Potter, CTIP
Providence Title
Treva Hopkins, CAEP
Land Exchange Abstract & Title Co.
Candie Sandlin, CTIP
The Brown Law Firm, LLP
Lori Lewis, CESP
Fidelity National Title Agency, Inc.
Angela Weatherly, CESP
JP Morgan Chase
Five Tips to Better Customer Interaction on Social Media | Oct. 14, 2016
The best companies at leveraging social media to grow their businesses are those who master the art of creating an emotional and lasting connection with their fan base.
But how do the pros do it?
Neighbor Nightmares: Infographic on Neighbor Disputes
Realtor Mag | Oct. 18, 2016
Half of Americans say they currently have a dispute with a neighbor, according to a new survey from North American Van Lines.
In fact, 13 percent of Americans say they have moved just to get away from their next-door neighbor.
Take a look at this infographic to see the conflicts home owners are having with their neighbors.

See the Infographic »
Save the Date for TLTA's Day at the Capitol Webinar: Feb. 9
TLTA is planning our 2017 Day at the Capitol, and we want to see you there!
Mark Feb. 9 on your calendar for a special, free Day at the Capitol orientation webinar. More information on this webinar will be sent soon.
With the threat of deregulation facing the Texas title insurance industry, showing strength in numbers and having our voices heard at the Capitol is critical. Make sure your representatives understand our system and how crucial it is, and make a difference in the future of your business and your industry by being part of this important event.
Resolve to start 2017 off right for your company and your industry. Resolve to attend the 2017 Day at the Capitol on Feb. 13 - 14!
A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members
Agent Members
Milestone Title Agency, LLC
5080 Spectrum Dr., Ste. 1000
East Addison, TX 75001
Main Contact: Brandon Knudson
Phone: 844.739.4663
County Title Company
6689 W. Sam Houston Pkwy., Ste. 301
Houston, TX 77072
Main Contact: Syed Ali
Phone: 832.834.7915
Associate Members
O'Neal Tax Law
1205 N. Main St.
Fort Worth, TX 76164
Main Contact: Dale O’Neal
Phone: 817.877.5995
Bus. Type: Tax Lien Releases, Tax Law
A. Randall Camacho, PLLC
1300 Glade Rd.
Colleyville, TX 76034
Main Contact: A. Randall Camacho
Phone: 817.281.4747
Bus. Type: Law Firm and Fee Attorney for Independence Title
LK Jordan & Associates
321 Texas Trail, Ste. 100
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
Main Contact: Anthony Theodoros
Phone: 361.232.5375
Bus. Type: Staffing Agency
564 Market St., Ste. 401
San Francisco, CA 94104
Main Contact: Abby Hewitt
Phone: 855.713.0081
Bus. Type: Escrow Settlement and Accounting Software
Lisa K. Piscitelli, PC
P.O. Box 3808
Coppell, TX 75019
Main Contact: Lisa K. Piscitelli
Phone: 214.502.8114
Bus. Type: Law Firm
Texas Land Title Association, 1717 W. 6th St., Suite 120, Austin, TX, 78703
Phone 512.472.6593 | Fax: 512.472.5931