November 2018

  • Top 5 Cybersecurity Threats Facing Title Industry in 2018 (Part 4)
  • PODCAST: Dysfunctional Teams
  • Past Presidents Forum Dinner
  • Looking for Health Care Quotes? Important Info About Your Health Care Costs
  • Election Outcome and Ongoing Re-Regulation Battle Are Powerful Reminders to Participate in TLTA's Day at the Capitol
  • Jason Bragg With Title Resources to Be Inducted in Texas High School Football Hall of Fame
  • Laurie Leenhouts Named President of North American Title's Texas Division
  • Old Republic Title Announces Executive Management Appointments
  • Stewart Announces Retirement of Group President Patrick Beall and Promotion of Tara Smith
  • Lynn Stillman Named Underwriting Counsel at Title Resources Guaranty Company
  • A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members

Top 5 Cybersecurity Threats Facing Title Industry in 2018 (Part 4)

Drew Bradford, Sigma InfoSec | Nov. 15, 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. In part 2, we looked at some of the ways that hackers obtain and use stolen credentials in order to take over an account. In part 3, we explored the motives and methods of hackers.
 
In this 4th installment of our 5-part series, we’ll go deeper into today’s malware and ways to prevent and detect infections.

Malware is rapidly evolving, both in the techniques used to exploit systems and the way in which it is delivered. New exploits and infection techniques are appearing with regularity, creating a cat and mouse game that antivirus vendors can never win. It is clear that traditional antivirus cannot keep up with the ever-changing threat landscape, as its reliance on identifying existing malware by definition means that it cannot prevent new or unseen attacks.

Highly sophisticated malware techniques are moving downstream as new tools and frameworks are made available making it easier for criminals to use these techniques with little technical expertise required.

It only takes one employee clicking on the wrong link or opening the wrong attachment to shut down an entire organization. With heavy reliance on IT systems and time-sensitive transaction requirements, title companies cannot afford to have their systems down due to malware or ransomware. According to a recent study by Sophos, the average cost of ransomware attack in 2017 was $133,000.
 
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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 »

PODCAST: Dysfunctional Teams

Harvard Business Review | Nov. 15, 2018
Is your teamwork not working? In this episode of HBR’s advice podcast, Dear HBR:, cohosts Alison Beard and Dan McGinn answer your questions with the help of Amy Edmondson, a professor at Harvard Business School and the author of The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth. They talk through what to do when your team isn’t communicating, doesn’t respect its leader, or has one employee who’s causing problems.
 
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Past Presidents Forum Dinner

TLTA | Nov. 5, 2018
Every few years the past presidents of TLTA congregate to discuss industry issues and give current leadership the benefit of the veterans' wisdom and insights. This year, they gathered on Nov. 5 at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel in Austin.
 

Past Presidents of TLTA Gather to Discuss Industry Issues
 
Topics discussed at the forum included the ongoing re-regulation battle that could surface when the Texas Legislature convenes for the 86th Session in January, technological developments impacting the industry, and general market conditions.

Looking for Health Care Quotes? Important Info About Your Health Care Costs 

The cost of employee health insurance coverage is a major issue for all businesses, particularly small businesses. While there is no single solution that can satisfy all our members' health insurance needs, TLTA wants to be a resource and clearinghouse as you seek solutions for your company's health insurance challenges.
  
We have learned that Main Street Health Group has experience forming and managing health insurance cooperatives. Such cooperatives are designed to lower prices by pooling similar employers.
 
While TLTA is not in a position to recommend or endorse Main Street, we wanted to share Main Street's interest in establishing an insurance cooperative for title companies in Texas through UnitedHealthcare. 
 

Here's How to Request a Quote and Get More Information

If you would like to receive more information about Main Street Health Group and a rate quote from them, please click here to get that process started.
 
While this is not an official TLTA program and we are not the administrator of the program Main Street is offering, we hope that providing you information and access to such a program is of value. Information about Main Street's services (and health insurance cooperatives in general) can be found in this flyer from Main Street or these FAQs
 
If you choose to work with Main Street, please give us your feedback on how it works for you. If we find other potential solutions, we will share those with you as well.

Election Outcome and Ongoing Re-Regulation Battle Are Powerful Reminders to Participate in TLTA's Day at the Capitol

Because Texas' title insurance industry is regulated by our state government, politics and election outcomes matter to our bottom lines and the consumers we serve. 
 
TLTA's Day at the Capitol is one of the many initiatives that help our industry maintain strong working relationships with legislators at the state capitol. Elected officials in Austin make decisions that impact our industry's health and longevity, and Day at the Capitol is an opportunity for any and all title professionals in Texas to make sure our voices are heard in lawmakers' decision-making process.  
 

  
With the issues our industry is facing in the Texas Legislature and market-wide, sharing our industry's powerful story with decision makers remains a top priority. Mark your calendar and make a plan to join us in Austin Feb. 12-13, 2019.

Jason Bragg With Title Resources to Be Inducted in Texas High School Football Hall of Fame

Jason Bragg of Title Resources played high school football for Stephenville, then went on to distinguish himself at Texas A&M. As a member of the Stephenville squad, he helped the team win 32 straight games and back-to-back 4A championships.
 
Jason will be recognized at the State Championship game at Texas Stadium in December, and he will be inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame at the formal banquet in Waco in 2019. 
 
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Laurie Leenhouts Named President of North American Title's Texas Division

North American Title Company (NATC) has named Laurie Leenhouts Texas division president, overseeing the company’s operations throughout the state. Leenhouts is a Texas title professional with more than 25 years of experience.
 
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Old Republic Title Announces Executive Management Appointments

Old Republic International Corporation today announced the following senior management appointments at its Old Republic National Title Holding Company ("ORNTHC") subsidiary:
  • Rande K. Yeager, currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, will continue as Executive Chairman.
  • Mark A. Bilbrey, currently President and Chief Operating Officer, will assume the Chief Executive Officer position.
  • Carolyn J. Monroe, currently President and Chief Operating Officer at the Old Republic Western Title Group ("ORWTG") division, will assume the Presidency of ORNTHC.
  • Ivy L. Anderson, currently Executive Vice President of Old Republic's Western Title Group division, will become President of ORWTG.
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Stewart Announces Retirement of Group President Patrick Beall and Promotion of Tara Smith

Stewart Information Services Corporation today announced the planned retirement of Patrick (Pat) Beall, Group President, effective Dec. 31, 2018. Beall has served in a variety of leadership roles over his distinguished career of more than 33 years with Stewart Title.

Tara Smith, Executive Vice President and Agency Services Senior Director, will be promoted and named Group President, Agency Services. Smith has been with Stewart since 2013 as a senior member of the Agency Services leadership team, becoming Executive Vice President to Beall in 2016, and will be responsible for all agency operations effective January 2019.
 
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Lynn Stillman Named Underwriting Counsel at Title Resources Guaranty Company

Lynn Stillman, who has been working in the title insurance industry since 2006 and previously served as Texas Regional Counsel for North American Title Company, was recently named Underwriting Counsel for Title Resources Guaranty Company.

A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members

Agent Members

 
Riverside Title, LLC
10101 Fondren Rd., Suite 400                   
Houston, Texas 77096
Main Contact: Shaul Greenwald
713.292.0137
info@rabstract.com
 
Encore Title, LLC
7000 N. 10th St., 2nd Floor, Suite C5
McAllen, Texas 78504
Main Contact: Gracie Guajardo
956.682.0100
gracie@encore-title.com
www.encore-title.com

Associate Members

Cochran Group, Inc.
12484 Montego Plaza
Dallas, Texas 75230
Main Contact: Donna Cochran
817.913.1896
donnabcochran@gmail.com
 
 
McLane Intelligent Solutions
4100 Central Pointe Pkwy. #400
Temple, Texas 76504
Main Contact: Ben Terry
254.791.8300
info@mclaneintel.com
www.mclaneintel.com
 
Bank United
201 Main Street, Suite 600
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Main Contact: Anthony Kurche
646.477.3032
akurche@bankunited.com
www.bankunited.com
 
Pavaso
2901 Dallas Pkwy., Suite 400
Plano, Texas 75093
Main Contact: Cheryl Baillis
866.288.7051
operations@pavaso.com
www.pavaso.com
 
Nexsys Technologies
1054 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, Michigan 48226
Main Contact: Max Wooley
800.985.2488
www.nexsystech.com
 
 
Cadilac Law, PLLC
5787 S. Hampton, Suite 445
Dallas, Texas 75232
Main Contact: Lauren Cadilac
972.845.1200
lauren@cadilaclaw.com
www.cadilaclaw.com
 
Texas Capital Bank
2000 McKinney Ave., Suite 910
Dallas, Texas 75201
Main Contact: John J. Murphy
972.963.3001
mike.robnett@texascapitalbank.com
www.texascapitalbank.com


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!