June 2018

Legislators, TDI Commissioner, Industry Experts and Other Luminaries Address More Than 500 Attendees at TLTA's Annual Conference

TLTA's Annual Conference and Business Meeting was held in Austin June 11-13. The 3-day event featured nationally celebrated speakers and industry experts who shared insights and ideas on industry trends, regulatory developments, leadership and the impact of technology on title insurance industry businesses.

(Clockwise from Top Left: Aaron Day Presents Outstanding Legislator Award to State Sen. Dawn Buckingham, TDI Commissioner Kent Sullivan Discusses His Plain Language Campaign, Evan Smith and Vince Young at Closing Breakfast, Aaron Day Presents Outstanding Legislator Award to State Rep. Tom Oliverson)
This year's conference program was TLTA's most robust collection of innovators and thought leaders to-date. Conference attendees engaged the event's top-tier speakers, asking questions and sharing ideas regarding innovations and efficiencies for their businesses—as well as taking advantage of TLTA's second-to-none networking opportunities, which continue to set the bar for the title insurance industry.    
The President's Evening Dinner featured the passing of the gavel from outgoing TLTA president Chris Phillips to our president for 2018-2019, John Martin. Awards presented during the dinner included Title Person of the Year (Roland Love), James H. Garst President's Award (Steve Streiff) and Honorary Members (Larry Molinare, Glena Yates, Ronnie Yates posthumously).

(Clockwise from Top Left: Incoming President John Martin Comments on the Year Ahead, Outgoing President Chris Phillips Presents Title Person of the Year Award to Roland Love, Chris Phillips Presents the James H. Garst's President's Award to Steve Streiff, New and Established TLTA Honorary Members Gather for Recognition)
Be sure to mark your calendar for TLTA's 2019 conference, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa June 10-12, 2019.
See More Photos of the 2018 TLTA Annual Conference and Business Meeting »
Read the Press Release Re: TLTA's New President John Martin »
Read the Press Release Re: Title Person of the Year Roland Love »
Read the Press Release Re: Steve Streiff Recipient of James H. Garst's President's Award »
Read the Press Release Re: Honorary Member Glena Yates »
Read the Press Release Re: Honorary Member Ronnie Yates »
Read the Press Release Re: Honorary Member Larry Molinare »
Read the Press Release Re: Outstanding Legislator Award Sen. Buckingham »
Read the Press Release Re: Outstanding Legislator Award Rep. Oliverson »

2018-2019 Board of Directors Installed

During the 2018 Conference and Business Meetings, TLTA installed our 2018-2019 Board of Directors:
John C. Martin, CAEP, CTIP, Lone Star Title Company of El Paso
President – Elect
Michael C. Savas, CTIP, First American Title Insurance Company
Immediate Past President
J. Christopher Phillips, First National Title Insurance Company
Agent Section Chair 
John P. Bruce, CTIP, NTP, Heritage Title Company of Austin, Inc.
Agent Section Vice Chair 
Kim Minks, DHI Title Company of Central Texas
Agent Section Delegate 
Daniel Foster, Providence Title Company
Agent At-Large Director 
Jordan M. Anderson, Bay Area Title Services, LLC
Agent At-Large Director 
Paul R. Rodriguez, Valley Land Title Co.
Underwriter Section Chair 
Todd Rasco, Fidelity National Title Group
Underwriter Section Vice Chair 
Heidi E. Junge, Stewart Title Guaranty Company
Underwriter Section Delegate 
Paul McNutt, Jr., Title Resources Guaranty Company
Underwriter At-Large Director 
Roland Love, North American Title Company
Underwriter At-Large Director 
Steve Streiff, Old Republic National Title Insurance Company
The Growing Problem of Wire Fraud
David Tandy - TLTA Cyber Security Task Force | May 16, 2018
Here's the headline you never want to see:  "Homebuyer loses $100,000 in wire fraud scheme – sues agent, title company and lender."  
These types of headlines can be found in many cities, including Denver, Houston, Chicago, Washington, D.C. Computer fraud of all types is growing – fast!  The latest FBI reports show that criminals are getting better at stealing money through fake emails and scams:
An increase from 20,000 incidents of wire fraud through Business Email Compromise (which includes all types of email phishing) for 3 billion in 2015 to 40,000 reported incidents for 5.3 billion in 2016. 
The FBI told the Washington Post that in 2017, cyber criminals stole or attempted to steal almost $1 billion from real estate purchase transactions.
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What Do Consumers Really Want From the Mortgage Process?

ALTA | May 08, 2018
Consumers are getting more comfortable with a digital mortgage process but still want someone to hold their hand and explain things to them when buying a home, according to Ellie Mae’s second annual Borrower Insights Survey.

Ellie Mae surveyed 3,006 U.S. adults who are current homeowners and renters above the age of 18. With a focus on driving a true digital mortgage experience, Ellie Mae was interested in learning about borrower expectations and experiences with online components of the mortgage process. Overall findings showed that borrowers across all generations are expecting digital options to be part of their loan process, but would still like the capability and flexibility of speaking to a lender, when needed.
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Georgetown Title Receives Texas Treasure Business Award From Texas Historical Commission

Georgetown Title Company received a Texas Treasure Business Award from the Texas Historical Commission (THC) at Preservation Georgetown’s Third Thursday event on May 17, 2018. The City of Georgetown’s Main Street Advisory Board presented the award, which pays tribute to businesses that have provided employment opportunities and support to the state’s economy for 50 years or more. 
Read More About Texas Treasure Business Award »

Title Data Adds Kevin Gugenheim to Its Team

James A. Johnson, Chairman of Title Data, Inc.’s Executive Committee, announced today that Title Data's Board of Directors elected Kevin Gugenheim Executive Vice President effective July 1, 2018 and President and CEO effective November 1, 2018. Gugenheim will be replacing James Sibley, who will be retiring Nov. 1, 2018 after more than 31 years with the company. 

Gugenheim is currently Executive Vice President, Corporate Operations and Strategy of Fidelity National Title Group, having joined the company in 2007. Prior to that Gugenheim was President and Chief Operating Officer of Stewart Lender Services. 

Riverway Title Selects Executive Vice President, Expands Team

Riverway Title has hired industry veteran R.L. “Burr” Buckalew as its executive vice president and senior commercial escrow officer, the company announced.

Also joining Riverway are Charlotte Sanders, Laura Sciba, and Patsy Hannah, all members of Buckalew’s staff.

Buckalew began his career in the title industry working for Lawyers Title Insurance Corp. in Dallas. In 1976, he moved to Houston and joined Lawyers Title. In 1998, Buckalew was part of a group of investors that purchased Lawyers Title, and he later became owner of the company.

A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members

Agent Members

THE Title Company
8235 Shoal Creek Blvd
Austin, TX 78757
Main Contact: Wally Tingley
Email: wally@wtatitle.com
Website: www.wallytingley.com

Underwriter Members

Southwest Land Title Insurance Company
6805 N. Capital of Texas Hwy, Suite 240
Austin, Texas 78731
Main Contact: Jeff Kelley
Email: jkelley@swltic.com

Associate Members

Nancy Waggoner, CPA
333 Melrose Dr, Unit 10B
Richardson, TX 75080
Main Contact: Nancy Waggoner
Email: nancy@njwcpa.com
Website: www.njwcpa.com
15 Glass Street, 2nd Floor
Pembroke, NH 03275
Main Contact: Marc Hall
Email: marc.hall@e-closing.com
Website: www.e-closing.com
United Texas Bank
13101 Preston Rd #100, Dallas, TX 75240
Dallas, TX 75240
Main Contact: Jarrod Beck
Email: jsbeck@utb.com
Website: www.unitedtexasbank.com

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