May 2019

  • Diane Tomb Named CEO of ALTA
  • 7 Ways to Manage an Impasse in Your Meeting
  • Dawn Lin Recognized by Texas House During Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Day
  • New for 2019: Title 101 Available On-Demand
  • In Memoriam: Sharon Elaine Mauldin 1946-2019
  • WFG National Title Names President of Dallas-Fort Worth Division
  • A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members
  • Now Available On-Demand: Owning and Managing a Texas Title Agency

Diane Tomb Named CEO of ALTA

HousingWire | May 14, 2019
The American Land Title Association has named Diane Tomb its new chief executive officer.
Tomb will assume her new role on July 1, leveraging her advocacy and public policy expertise on behalf of ALTA and its members. 

Tomb currently serves as a commissioner on the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform and on the Board of Visitors at the Fund for American Studies. She is also a member of the International Women’s Forum of Washington, D.C.

Tomb worked previously as the executive director of the National Rental Home Council, and was also president and CEO of the National Association of Women Business Owners. 

Prior to that, she was assistant secretary of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the George W. Bush administration, was a senior executive at the Fannie Mae Foundation, and worked in the White House under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

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7 Ways to Manage an Impasse in Your Meeting

Harvard Business Review | May 22, 2019
Teams argue. Stalemates happen. What distinguishes effective groups from all the others is that they do not avoid difficult conversations, and disagreements don’t wreak havoc on their relationships. I remember a French engineer once told me about his team: “We argue like heck and then we go have a beer.”
But what happens when you can’t reach consensus in a meeting? How do you move forward? Below are seven actions that I’ve seen groups take to make progress when they get stuck:
1) Stay with the conversation 
It’s important to trust one another and the process. As the character Patel says in the movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, “Everything will be all right in the end. If it’s not all right, it’s not yet the end.” Often it’s useful to acknowledge what’s happening. You might say something like: Okay, this is a difficult conversation. Let’s just stay with it until we get to a good place. Let’s also remember that at the end, we are still going to be colleagues; our relationships don’t need to be affected by this discussion.
2) Outline a clear process for working through the issue 
The conversation will go better if people know it’s not going to be a free-for-all but that it’s being managed in a deliberate, thoughtful way. Talking about how to work through tough issues helps people slow down and stay on track. But, of course, sometimes you don’t realize in the beginning that a stalemate is going to occur. That’s when you need to step in and lay out a way to work through the issue: Okay, I have a suggestion about how we proceed from here. I suggest we capture everyone’s ideas and concerns, check for clarity and understanding, and then take suggestions from the group on how to resolve the impasse.

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Dawn Lin Recognized by Texas House During Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Day 

Dawn Lin, fee attorney with Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, was among a delegation recognized by the Texas House of Representatives during Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Day at the Texas Capitol May 1.

Dawn Lin and the AAPI Delegation Recognized by Texas House
Dawn is an active TLTA volunteer, and she plays an integral role in our grassroots network as a local legislative liaison, supporting industry communication with lawmakers at the state Capitol.  
May 2019 is recognized as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by the Texas House, who cited in the resolution formalizing their recognition that May was chosen for this commemorative period because of two key events in our nation's history: On May 7, 1843, the first Japanese immigrants arrived, and on May 10, 1869, a workforce largely composed of Chinese laborers completed the Transcontinental Railroad.  

New for 2019: Title 101 Available On-Demand

An updated-for-2019 version of our Title 101 series—which teaches industry fundamentals—is now available via on-demand video.
This 11-part series—presented by seasoned TLTA subject-matter experts— is perfect for new title professionals and experienced pros taking on new roles in the industry.

Purchase the 11 videos below individually or via package pricing that makes educating the title professionals in your network a smart investment:
  • Basics of Title Insurance - What and Why
  • Basics of Land Ownership
  • Conveyances, Liens and Recording of Documents
  • Search and Examination
  • Understanding the Commitment
  • Surveys – New and Existing
  • The TREC Contract and Flow of a Standard Transaction
  • Basic Concepts of Escrow and Minimum Standards
  • Preparing to Close and Closing the Transaction/E-Notary, E-Closing and My Good Friend RON
  • Endorsements
  • Policy Production and Quality Control Review

In Memoriam: Sharon Elaine Mauldin 1946-2019 

Sharon Elaine Mauldin, whose title insurance career spanned 45 years and included work with Trinity Abstract & Title Company and Safeco Land Title of Dallas, passed away May 6, 2019.
Read Sharon's Obituary »

WFG National Title Names President of Dallas-Fort Worth Division

WFG National Title Insurance Company (WFG) recently named Brandon Baker president of its Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) division.
Read the Press Release »

A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members

Agent Members  

Covius Title Agency, LLC
Contact: Robert Lee
2150 S. Central Expy., Ste. 228
McKinney, TX 75070

PT‐Patriot Title, LLC
Contact: Carolina Salas
5225 Katy Freeway, Ste. 510
Houston, TX 77007
Fiduciary Title, Inc.
Contact: Travis Perry
8411 Preston Rd., Ste. 630
Dallas, TX 75225
Perch Title of Texas
Contact: Blanca Iturrino
2591 Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 300
Frisco, TX 75034

Associate Members  

Datos‐in‐Harmony (DIH Partners)
Contact: Jamie Deal
2136 CR 4101
New Boston, TX 75570S

Digital Delivery, Inc. 
Contact: Blake Alexander 
4400 Alpha Rd.
Dallas, TX 75244
Techcess CyberSecurity Group 
Contact: Hugh Sazegar
6110 Clarkson Ln.
Houston, TX 77055
Contact: Courtney Margossian
745 Boylston St., Ste. 600
Boston, MA 02116
Perry Cockerell, PC
Contact: Perry Cockerell
8300 Douglas Ave., Ste. 800
Dallas, TX 75225
Ferguson & Associates, LLC
Contact: J. Michael Ferguson
62 Main St., Ste. 310
Colleyville, TX 76034
Philip E. Smith CPA PC 
Contact: Philip E. Smith
245 Cedar Sage Dr., Ste. 210
Garland, TX 75040
Hassen Law Firm
Contact: Leslie Wall Hassen
6750 W. Loop South, Ste. 615
Bellaire, TX 77401
Contact: Callan Harrington
250 S. Civic Center Dr., Ste. 550
Columbus, OH 43215

Now Available On-Demand: Owning and Managing a Texas Title Agency

TLTA is pleased to present an updated on-demand recording of a unique educational opportunity for new title agency owners, those new to a management position, or those in need of a refresher. Presented by outstanding and experienced title industry professionals, this one-of-a-kind program will cover topics such as regulatory compliance, accounting, other key duties and responsibilities of a title agent and much more.
This program—which was recorded April 2019 and updated to include all the latest TDI regulations as of March 2019—is designed to satisfy the requirements of Rule P-28(B) by the Texas Department of Insurance for management personnel of title agents applying to be licensed.

This program includes the following units:
  • Introduction to Title Insurance and Title Insurance in Texas
  • Title Insurance, Escrow/Settlement and Regulators: An In-Depth Look
  • Rules and Laws that Affect the Texas Title Agent's Business Model
  • Accounting Principles and Practices for Escrow/Settlement and Title Agents
  • Financial Responsibilities of the Title and Agent - Outside of Escrows
  • Additional Duties and Responsibilities of a Title Insurance Agent
  • Review, Reminders and Miscellaneous Information
  • Ethics Panel Discussion
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