September 2018

  • Top 5 Cybersecurity Threats Facing Title Industry in 2018 (Part 2)
  • The Business Case for Curiosity TLTA Board of Directors Gather at Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs for Orientation and Planning Meeting
  • Would You Be Interested in a Group Health Insurance Pool?
  • Inside TLTA: Get to Know Your Go-to Crew
  • 364 Title Group Acquires Integrity Title Companies
  • Southwest Land Title Insurance Company Names New Underwriting Attorney
  • National Investors Introduces New Team Member
  • First American Title Welcomes New Sales Rep
  • Kim Schoppert of TLTA Earns Coveted Professional Certification, Receives Industry Award for Professionalism
  • A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members


Top 5 Cybersecurity Threats Facing Title Industry in 2018 (Part 2)

Drew Bradford, Sigma InfoSec | Sept. 10, 2018
In part 1 of this 5-part series, we examined business email compromise, which occurs when a hacker gains access to a corporate email account and assumes the identity of the corporate user in order to defraud the company, employees, customers, or partners. 

According to the FBI, participants involved in real estate transactions are particularly targeted in such attacks. The average successful wire fraud amounts to $140,000 compared to the average successful bank robbery of $6,500. The real estate sector alone had more than 9,600 victims and lost over $56 million in 2017, according to the FBI.

Unfortunately, business email compromise is on the rise, and from personal experience I can tell you that it is all too common in the title industry. In part 2 of our series, we will examine ways in which malicious actors are able to take over accounts to accomplish their goals.
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Read Part 1 of This 5-Part Series »
If you're interested in learning more about protecting your business from cybercrime, sign-up for our on-demand webinar, Cybersecurity and Title: The Industry's Top Threats, which was presented by the team who wrote the article above. Their practical webinar goes beyond the passive chatter that marks most cybercrime discussions; they'll teach you how to protect your business by taking action against cyber threats.
Visit TLTA's Cyber Fraud Resource Page »

The Business Case for Curiosity

Harvard Business Review | Sept. 9, 2018
Most of the breakthrough discoveries and remarkable inventions throughout history, from flints for starting a fire to self-driving cars, have something in common: They are the result of curiosity. The impulse to seek new information and experiences and explore novel possibilities is a basic human attribute. New research points to three important insights about curiosity as it relates to business.
First, curiosity is much more important to an enterprise’s performance than was previously thought. That’s because cultivating it at all levels helps leaders and their employees adapt to uncertain market conditions and external pressures: When our curiosity is triggered, we think more deeply and rationally about decisions and come up with more-creative solutions. In addition, curiosity allows leaders to gain more respect from their followers and inspires employees to develop more-trusting and more-collaborative relationships with colleagues.
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TLTA Board of Directors Gather at Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs for Orientation and Planning Meeting

TLTA | Sept. 14, 2018
TLTA’s board of directors met for an orientation and planning meeting at Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs last week. The orientation included review of board responsibilities, TLTA's tools and relationships, and the progress of ongoing projects.

TLTA Board of Directors Meeting Presided Over by TLTA President John Martin
Topics discussed during the meeting included the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature, rulemaking and other activities at Texas Department of Insurance, and the continued development of TLTA's grassroots initiative

Would You Be Interested in a Group Health Insurance Pool? 

At TLTA, we are constantly looking for ways to provide you with needed business solutions. We know that group health insurance is a significant, ongoing business challenge for all of us.
We are currently studying the feasibility of pooling TLTA member companies like yours to obtain group health insurance benefits with pricing more favorable than the prices that individual companies pay. To proceed further, we need to determine if there is enough interest to make this workable.  
Would you help us, please, by responding to this very short survey today? Your input is critical, and your responses will be held in the strictest confidence.

Inside TLTA: Get to Know Your Go-to Crew

At your TLTA offices in Austin, a team of professionals work for you and our industry. We monitor and respond to state regulatory and lawmaking activity, we deliver educational programming that continues to set the bar for industry excellence, and we support professionalism industry-wide. 
Most importantly, we serve you. Our resources are your resources. In addition to the organizational assets that are available to you when you need them, our talented team of pros offer subject matter expertise and other value for you.  
Do you know Kaylee Colón?

Kaylee Colón is TLTA’s Education and Programs Specialist. She helps support all aspects of Education and Professional Development for TLTA. 

Are you looking for more information about TLTA’s live and on-demand webinars and videos? Kaylee works closely with Lynne Daves, Director of Education, Meetings and Professional Development to ensure that there are a variety of educational options available for title professionals to keep abreast on recent issues, changes in the industry or simply brush up on the fundamentals.

Do you need assistance with registering yourself or your team for a TLTA event? Kaylee helps build and manage registration for TLTA’s webinars, on-demand programming and live in person events. She also ensures your continuing education credits are properly reported and distributed. Are you a sponsor that has secured a partnership with TLTA for an educational program or event? Kaylee works hand in hand with Linda Timmons, Director of Marketing and Communications, to ensure you have all the tools and information you need to be successful and get the recognition you deserve. 

Have you considered applying for a TLTA Certification exam? Kaylee is your go-to person for all questions about exam application, exam preparation and prerequisites. She also supports certified members with their renewal to maintain their designation(s). Supporting the TLTA Certification program is one of her favorite aspects of the job.

“I love being a part of the journey for title professionals who decide to begin their path to earning a TLTA Certification designation,” Kaylee said. “I am so proud of those who make the decision to earn a badge of excellence in the title field in Texas!” 

Kaylee is an active member of the Meeting Professionals International, which helps keep her informed on new and innovative ways to continue to improve events and programming.
Connect with Kaylee at 512.879.2882 or

364 Title Group Acquires Integrity Title Companies

364 Title Group, LLC has acquired Integrity Title Company, LLC, Integrity Title Records, Ltd. LLP, and Integrity Title Records of New Mexico, LLC from Courthouse, Inc. Integrity is a title plant provider with plants in 81 counties in Texas and 9 in New Mexico. Courthouse is owned by Paul and Marian Cones and will continue to provide non-title insurance research, online data, and document images.
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Southwest Land Title Insurance Company Names New Underwriting Attorney

Michael Karger has accepted the position of Underwriting Counsel at Southwest Land Title Insurance Company. Founded in 2013, Southwest Land Title Insurance Company is licensed to do business in Texas, Arizona, and Nevada.
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National Investors Introduces New Team Member

Melanie Opela has joined the team at National Investors, where she will serve as Sales and Training Director. She has more than 15 years in customer service roles, and nearly 10 years in the title insurance industry. Prior to joining National Investors, Opela served as an education and training specialist for a Texas-based title agency. Prior to that role, she served in several capacities for a national title insurance underwriter.

First American Title Welcomes New Sales Rep

Brandi Abercrombie, who previously served as title operations manager for the Texas division of a national homebuilder, has joined the team at First American Title, where she will serve as Texas Agency Sales Representative. Abercrombie is a Certified Title Insurance Professional and Certified Escrow Settlement Professional.

Kim Schoppert of TLTA Earns Coveted Professional Certification, Receives Industry Award for Professionalism

Kim Schoppert, TLTA's Chief Administrative Officer and Assistant to the Executive Vice President, continues to distinguish herself as a top-tier professional. Earlier this year, she earned a professional certification that is a mark of distinction among association executives—the coveted CAE.

Kim Schoppert Accepts Texas Society of Association Executives' Professional Excellence Award in Dallas
On Tuesday, Sept. 18, Kim was presented the Texas Society of Association Executive's Professional Excellence Award. A recognition given out only once a year. Learn more, and check out the list of professionals with whom she shares this unique honor.
Great work, Kim! Your professionalism is deeply respected by all who have the pleasure to work with you!! 

A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members

Agent Members

Praetorian Title Agency, Inc.
5900 S. Lake Forest Dr., Ste. 300
McKinney, Texas 75070
Main Contact: John Zdanowski

Center Point Title Company
6735 IH 10 W, Ste.102A
San Antonio, Texas 78201
Main Contact: Raul San Miguel
Title Clearing & Escrow, LLC
2321 S. Coit Road, Ste. C
Plano, Texas 75075
Main Contact: Amber Mouton

Great Western Abstract & Title Company, LLC
6350 Escondido, Ste. D23
El Paso, Texas 79912
Main Contact: Vanessa Parga
Spark Title, LLC
9050 N. Cap of Tx Hwy, Bldg. 3, Ste. 225
Austin, Texas 78759
Main Contact: Shellie Haas

Gateway City Title, LLC
7718 McPherson Rd. Bldg. F, Ste. 105
Laredo, Texas 78045

Associate Members 

Gambit Real Estate Services, LLC
4800 Pacific Way Dr.
Frisco, Texas 75034
Main Contact: Chess Dennis

BearCat Capital
200 Oakridge Dr., Ste. 101
Weatherford, Texas 76087
Main Contact: Robyn Jackson

Way Signing Services
P.O. Box 704
Granbury, Texas 76048
Main Contact: Debra Way
City of McAllen - City Attorney's Office
1300 Houston Ave.
McAllen, Texas 78501
Main Contact: Kevin Pagan

Sandra Reid, CPA PLLC
2700 Post Oak Blvd., Ste. 2100
Houston, Texas 77056
Main Contact: Sandra Reid

TLTA has scheduled a variety of live webinars for 2018! Register now, or explore our library of more than 80 On-Demand webinars and videos covering the title industry topics you need!