February 2017


Congrats to the 2017 Class of the Land Title School of Texas – 40 Years of School and Counting!

With almost 200 students, the 2017 School was a huge success! This year's program was led by chair Brenda Nelson and the executive team of Brandi Abercrombie, CESP, CTIP; E.J. Brent, NTP, CESP, CTIP; Christie Deckard, CESP, CTIP; and Teresa Frost, CTIP, as well as the School Committee. Thanks to their hard work, this year's School featured an incredible roster of industry experts sharing their knowledge with the students. With an updated schedule and curriculum addressing the most important parts of Texas title insurance knowledge, the program gave everyone a great education.
Be sure to browse the TLTA School photo album on Facebook!

TLTA would like to extend a very warm thank you to all of the sponsors that made the School possible:
  • Alliant National Title Insurance Company
  • National Investors Title Insurance Company
  • Fidelity National Title Group
  • Stewart Title
  • North American Title Insurance Company
  • First National Title Insurance Company
  • Westcor Land Title Insurance Company
  • Old Republic National Title Insurance

Curate Your Learning and Networking at ALTA Springboard

ALTA has thrown out the one-speaker general session, traditional education breakouts and exhibit hall, and introduced a fresh curriculum that will focus on key issues such as staffing, connecting with customers and compliance. ALTA Springboard will deliver a much more personalized experience where the attendees are part of the conversation. Check out all that ALTA Springboard has to offer and take your career and business to the next level.
ATLA Springboard
March 8 - 9, 2017
Fort Worth
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Note: TLTA members can save 20 percent when registering online by using the code: Orange
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Note: the ALTA discount rate is still being honored as of Feb. 16; check website for updates

Basic Manual Task Force Meets, Continues Phase Two Work

The Basic Manual Task Force met again on Jan. 18 and Feb. 15 to continue their work on phase two of their project. During the meetings, the team worked on rewriting portions of the reorganized Manual, specifically parts of Section 3 on handling escrows and preparing settlement statements. 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.
Learn More About Phase One of the Basic Manual Task Force Project »
Subscribe to TLTA's Edition of the Basic Manual »

Telling Our Story: Why You're Proud to Work in Our Industry

TLTA would like to thank all of our members who wrote and told us why they're proud to work in the title insurance industry. You can read a partial list of submissions in the order received.
And it's not too late to contribute your own! With potentially industry-altering legislation being filed in the 85th Session of the Texas Legislature, spreading the word about our safe, stable industry is more important than ever.
You can submit a quote of approximately 20 words or less on why are you proud to work in the title insurance industry!
Send your response to Sarah Ruiz, Communications Manager, at sarah@tlta.com. We plan on publishing some responses in our advocacy and PR materials and on our Facebook page in the near future.

10 Mortgage Abbreviations Everyone in the Industry Should Know 

National Mortgage News | Jan. 26, 2017
The mortgage industry is filled with jargon and abbreviations that can confuse even the most experienced professional. There are 91 different acronyms and abbreviations listed in the Fannie Mae Sellers Guide, and it is not a comprehensive list.
Here is a little quiz to test your knowledge of what some of these abbreviations mean. Consider the category and the clue to hazard a guess before flipping to the answer on the next slide.
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How to Market Your Title Company Like Beer

American Land Title Association | Feb. 1, 2017
What in the world does beer have to do with title insurance?
In the early 1940s, Schlitz beer company was one of the least popular beers in the country. So, they brought in a legendary marketer, Claude Hopkins, to tour the factory and create a new advertising campaign for them.
Within a year Schlitz was No. 1 in the country and remained first or second until the 1970s.
Read More »

Business Matters: Technology Edition

Cybersecurity is on everyone's minds these days. To help you keep your company safe and secure, TLTA has selected two articles on cybersecurity and passwords to share with you:

George Houghton Retiring From Stewart Title Guaranty Company

Stewart Title Guaranty Company | Jan. 13, 2017
George Houghton, agency executive vice president of Stewart Title Guaranty Company, will retire at the beginning of April 2017 after a 35-year association with Stewart, spending 19 of those years as a Stewart employee. Currently, he leads the western states and is the national agency district manager. 
Before joining Stewart, George was the president and majority owner of Fort Bend Title Company and its subsidiary, Citizens Title Company. In 1998, George joined Stewart as the senior vice president for Stewart Title of Houston. From there, he quickly moved into regional and then national leadership roles at the organization.

Congratulations to George on his retirement!

Read the Press Release »

Mark Holley Appointed Texas Regional Sales Manager at Westcor

Westcor Land Title Insurance Company | Feb. 8, 2017
Mark Holley has been appointed as Texas regional sales manager at Westcor. His responsibilities will include continuing to increase Westcor’s footprint in the Texas market.

Mark started his career in the computer network services industry in 1985. In 2001, he was hired by RamQuest as the national director of sales. He was promoted to the role of vice president, business development and then vice president, sales and marketing. Prior to joining Westcor, he was the regional agency development manager for a national underwriter and was responsible for offering services to title agents and coaching sales teams across the 26 states in the central region.
Congratulations to Mark on his new role!
Read the Press Release »

Cheryl Finney Named Division President for Trinity Title, Greater Dallas

Trinity Title of Texas | Feb. 10, 2017
In January, Cheryl Finney was named the division president for Trinity Title of Texas, Greater Dallas area.
Cheryl began her work in the title and settlement services industry as an escrow officer in Lewisville, where she grew up. She came to Trinity Title from Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, where she was a senior vice president, attorney operations manager.
Congratulations to Cheryl on her new role!

Corridor Title Cares to Donate $25,000 Grant to Austin Nonprofit; Seeking Nominations Through March 27

Corridor Title has launched the second annual Corridor Title Cares, a contest in which an Austin-based nonprofit will receive a $25,000 grant. They are accepting nominations through March 27.
"The local real estate community has so many unsung heroes who donate countless hours and resources to nonprofits throughout Central Texas,' said Patrick Rose, president of Corridor Title. "Corridor Title values the opportunity to meaningfully recognize these hard-working individuals who make a difference in the lives of others every day."
Learn More »
View the Nomination Form »
Read the Austin Business Journal Story on the Award »

Mark Your Calendars for the South Texas Seminar and the Annual Conference and Business Meeting

Two exciting live TLTA events are coming up, so mark your calendars and register today!

South Texas Seminar
Saturday, April 22, at the McAllen Convention Center
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Annual Conference and Business Meeting
Monday, June 12 - Wednesday, June 14, at The Roosevelt New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
See the Schedule »
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TLTA Board Nominations Due Friday, March 10

The TLTA Nominating Committee will meet soon to select the slate of nominees to be elected to serve on the 2017-2018 TLTA Board of Directors, beginning in June. If you would like to nominate a TLTA member for consideration or to view a more detailed description of an eligible candidate, please fill out the form in the link below. Candidates must be employed by a TLTA member agent or underwriter company. Nominees should have proven leadership and decision-making skills, be effective communicators and have the ability to commit the time required of the position.
Nominations for the 2017-2018 TLTA Board of Directors are due by Friday, March 10. All nominees will be considered by the committee.
Complete the Nomination Form »
Learn more about eligibility and the TLTA nominating process in the TLTA Bylaws.

A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members

Agent Members

HUB City Title, LLC
5502 58th St., Ste. 400
Lubbock, TX 79414
Main Contact: Greg Noyola
Phone: 806.412.7525
Email: greg@hubcitytitle.com
SNTG of Texas, LLC
5055 Keller Springs, Ste. 170
Addison, TX 75001
Main Contact: Vickie Gouge
Phone: 469.646.6439
Email: vgouge@sntgoftexas.com
Cowboy Country Title, LLC
1915-A W. Washington
Stephenville, TX 76401
Main Contact: Scott D. Allen
Phone: 254.968.6222
Email: allen@allenlawfirm.com

Associate Members

8331 Swiss Chard Cir.
Land O Lakes, FL 34637
Main Contact: Dean Collura
Phone: 813.404.7527
Email: hello@titletap.com
Website: www.titletap.com
Bus. Type: Digital Marketing and Compliance
J.P. Barth Law Firm, PLLC
4215 Gateway Dr., Ste. 101
Colleyville, TX 76034
Main Contact: Julia Barth
Phone: 817.358.9500
Email: jpbarth@jpbarthlaw.com
Bus. Type: Law Firm and Fee Attorney for Texas Title
Delta Dallas
15950 North Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 500
Dallas, TX 75248
Main Contact: Nova Davis
Phone: 972.546.3616
Email: ndavis@deltadallas.com
Website: www.deltadallas.com
Bus. Type: Recruiting Agency
901 S. Mopac Expy.
Austin, TX 78746
Main Contact: Cheryl Cox
Phone: 972.740.8718
Email: ccox@titleclose.com
Website: www.titleclose.com
Bus. Type: Mobile Apps and Marketplace of Title Agents Presenting Products and Services