December 2018

  • U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Releases Cybersecurity Report
  • 2018 Texas Land Title Institute, Doc Prep Basics and Inaugural E-Closing Live Lab Delivered 3 Days of Top Tier Educational Programming Dec. 5-7 in San Antonio
  • We Sound Smarter on the Weekends
  • Roland Love Named Vice President of Business Alliances and Field Operations for Independence Title
  • Lone Star Title of El Paso Named Texas Family Business of the Year Finalist by Baylor University's School of Business
  • TLTA's Kaylee Colón Awarded Coveted Certified Meeting Planner Designation
  • 2019 Day at the Capitol: Book Your Hotel Room by Jan 12 for Group Rate Discount
  • Seats for Land Title School of Texas Are Filling Fast
  • Happy Holidays From Your Team at TLTA!

U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Releases Cybersecurity Report

InfoSecurity Magazine | Dec. 10, 2018
The House Energy and Commerce Committee released the comprehensive Cybersecurity Strategy Report, in which it identified procedures to both address and prevent cybersecurity incidents.
 
In the report, the committee identified six key concepts and priorities, noting, “The identification of these principles shaped the subcommittee’s approach to cybersecurity and guided subsequent work. As each of these concepts emerged, the subcommittee began exploring and analyzing possible strategies for addressing them.”
 
In addition to recognizing that there will always be unknowns and that it’s impossible to protect what you don’t know you have, the committee also realized that software is no longer written but assembled. As a result, there must be a common cybersecurity language, which was the fourth concept. The remaining two concepts stated, “Digital assets age faster and less predictably than physical ones. Cybersecurity takes a 'whole-of-society' approach.”

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2018 Texas Land Title Institute, Doc Prep Basics and the Inaugural E-Closing Live Lab Delivered 3 Days of Top Tier Educational Programming Dec. 5-7 in San Antonio 

The Texas Land Title Institute has grown into a powerful suite of one-of-a-kind educational opportunities that continue to set the bar for industry education statewide.
 
Kicking off on Dec. 5 with the Doc Prep Basics program and the E-Closing Live Lab, this year's Institute once again produced sellout crowds, world class networking, and the latest industry insights on a diverse collection of subject matter ranging from commercial endorsements to remote online notaries, and more. Thank you to all our event sponsors!
 
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We Sound Smarter on the Weekends

Association Leadership | Dec. 4, 2018
In 2003, I coached a company that makes liquid cleaners schools, hospitals and bus depots use to wash their floors and countertops. A team of about 150 executives and salespeople spent a lot of time talking about the company’s “sustainable earth” products and sustainability emphasis in research and development.
 
I couldn’t have cared less. Frankly, it didn’t mean anything to me. This was 2003, and sustainability wasn’t a household word. Furthermore, I had no idea how its “sustainability” efforts were any different from GE’s or Dell’s or one of its chief competitors. After all, if you’re in the commodity industry and you’re using commodity language, like “sustainability,” then what makes you any different from anyone else?
 
So I asked the team to tell me the single best story they could think of that demonstrated the environmental safety and quality of its cleaning products.
 
After four hours, one executive finally said: “Before we take a new cleaning product to market, we take a goldfish and drop it in a bucket of that liquid cleaner. If the goldfish swims, we know those chemicals are safe enough to seep into the earth. In fact, you could drink them and be just fine. We’ve done it before.”
 
“However,” he continued, “if the goldfish dies, we know we’ve got a massive quality control issue on our hands, and we have to go back to the drawing board. That’s what sustainability means to us.”
 
Shazam!
 
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Roland Love Named Vice President of Business Alliances and Field Operations for Independence Title

Independence Title named Roland Love Vice President of Business Alliances and Field Operations. Prior to joining the team at Independence Title and serving North American Title Company, Roland Love was a shareholder with Winstead PC, where he focused primarily on real estate and title matters for more than 30 years. From 1987-1990, he was managing partner of McCauley, Macdonald, Love and Devin PC. He served as managing partner of Donohoe Jameson & Carroll, PC from 1992-1995, prior to merging with Winstead PC. 
 


Roland has served as chair of the State Bar of Texas Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, as a Fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He serves as a member of the Texas Title Examination Standards Board and as an examiner for the State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.
 
Roland is the long-standing chair of the committee responsible for producing TLTA's prestigious Texas Land Title Institute. In 2018, Roland was named Title Person of the Year. 

Lone Star Title of El Paso Named Texas Family Business of the Year Finalist by Baylor University's School of Business

Lone Star Title of El Paso, which is owned and operated by TLTA President John Martin, was named a finalist for the Texas Family Business of the Year award by Baylor University's Institute for Family Business.

The Texas Family Business of the Year Awards Program recognizes multi-generational, family-owned firms whose families demonstrate a commitment to each other, to their employees, to the community and to business continuity. This event draws hundreds of family business owners annually to the Baylor campus and not only recognizes and promotes outstanding family businesses but also is a valuable networking and development tool for family business honorees and undergraduate students who are invited to the afternoon family business forum and evening awards banquet. Texas Family Business of the Year firms are recognized in three size categories and several special categories recognizing: Family Values, Excellent Management, Community Commitment, Rapid Growth, Stewardship, Founders and Heritage Awards.
 
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TLTA's Kaylee Colón Awarded Coveted Certified Meeting Planner Designation

Kaylee Colón recently earned her Certified Meeting Planner certification.
 
Throughout her brief but ongoing tenure with Texas's title insurance industry, Kaylee Colón has distinguished herself as a professional at every turn. Nowhere is her professionalism more evident than when she is working with TLTA's education department to produce our annual conference and business meeting, the Texas Land Title Institute and other large gatherings of title professionals.
 
Kaylee's personal commitment to professionalism is the perfect pairing for TLTA's professional certification program. She is the go-to person for TLTA's certification exams, managing members' certification applications, exam preparation, testing, renewals, and more.
 

 
Congratulations, Kaylee, and great work on obtaining your Certified Meeting Planner certification! We're all so proud of you and grateful to have you on the team!

2019 Day at the Capitol: Book Your Hotel Room by Jan 12 for Group Rate Discount

After the holidays, the Texas Legislature will be off and running. Lawmakers are preparing to convene at the state capitol Jan. 8. for the 86th Legislative Session. 
 
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. Title professionals and industry advocates statewide are registering to join us for TLTA's Day at the Capitol in Austin Feb. 12-13.
 
Your participation in this one-of-a-kind relationship-building event is crucial.
 
The last day to secure the group rate for hotel rooms is Jan. 12, 2019. The last day to register for 2019 Day at the Capitol is Jan. 28, 2019. Register online today!
 
Thank you to our 2019 Day at the Capitol Sponsors:
 
CAPITOL LEVEL

 
LONE STAR LEVEL
     

Seats for Land Title School of Texas Are Filling Fast!

This year's Land Title School of Texas is on track to sell out. That's no surprise; our top-tier instructors offer a one-of-a-kind educational experience perfect for anyone who needs to learn the basics of our industry, including employees who are preparing to take on new roles within your organization.
 

 
Program Highlights:
  • Learn industry basics, including the process of a typical residential closing.
  • Classes include sessions on current procedures, rules, forms and laws affecting title insurance in Texas.
  • Interactive testing reinforces students learning and retention. Final reports detail each student's testing performance.
  • Earn up to 20 hours toward applying for your TLTA professional certification exam.
  • Escrow, MCLE and TREC credit available. 
The Land Title School of Texas has graduated more than 6,500 students, and we continue to be the gold standard for title industry education in Texas.
 
Review the schedule, then take advantage of this opportunity to register your team today, before we sell out!

Happy Holidays From Your Team at TLTA

 


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