January 2020

  • A Better Way to Develop and Retain Top Talent
  • 5 Habits for Successful Social Media Managers in 2020
  • Joint Statement on Heightened Cybersecurity Risk Issued by Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • Agents National Title Names Todd Mendolia COO
  • Stewart Title President Matthew Morris Announces His Departure
  • Mary Ann Howard Retires
  • Earn Your TLTA Professional Certification in 2020 – Exams Scheduled in April
  • Property Records Industry Association Offers Special Title Industry Registration Rates for Winter Symposium in Austin, Feb. 24-27
  • Upcoming Webinars

A Better Way to Develop and Retain Top Talent

Harvard Business Review | Jan. 20, 2020
We’re in the middle of a work revolution. Globalization and the rise of artificial intelligence, paired with a new generation of consumers who desire more personal, intuitive brand experiences, are forcing companies to rethink their approach to talent management and acquisition. Workers with capabilities that allow them to keep up with this pace of change — such as adaptability, technological literacy, and people-management — are now in steep demand. But today’s employers are struggling to keep them on board.

Promises of cushy perks and pay are often used to compete for top talent. Still, when you consider the cost of employee turnover — $600 billion in 2018 and $680 billion by 2020 — this extravagance seems counterintuitive. A Work Institute report predicted that one in four workers would leave their jobs in 2018. Nearly one-third of that turnover was attributed to unsupportive management and a lack of development opportunities.

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5 Habits for Successful Social Media Managers in 2020

Social Media Today | Jan. 8, 2020
The social media landscape is changing so rapidly, and over time, it’s getting harder and harder to build an effective, engaged digital community, even in our hyper-connected world. 
 
Three billion people – around 40% of the world’s population – now use social media, spending an average of two hours every day sharing, liking, tweeting and updating on these platforms. As an example of the true scope of that activity, there are currently around half a million tweets and Snapchat photos shared every minute.
 
And not only are social media usage rates showing no sign of slowing down, but it's also now evolving so quickly that the tactics of yesteryear, even yesterday, are rapidly becoming obsolete.
Given this, there's a lot on the plate of the modern social media manager – and amid these shifts, we're also seeing higher rates of burnout and stress due to the expectation of constant connection, ongoing analysis, strategic revision, etc.
 
It's worth taking a step back for a moment to consider how you can best manage each aspect. To help you get focused, and keep you healthy, in 2020, I recommend adopting these five habits:
  1. Focus on building a community, not just an audience
  2. Set a timer
  3. Take mental health breaks
  4. Just say no to perfectionism
  5. Advocate for yourself
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Joint Statement on Heightened Cybersecurity Risk Issued by Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

FDIC and OCC | Jan. 16, 2020
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency are issuing this statement to remind supervised financial institutions of sound cybersecurity risk management principles. These principles elaborate on standards articulated in the Interagency Guidelines Establishing Information Security Standards as well as resources provided by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) members, such as the FFIEC Statement on Destructive Malware. When financial institutions apply these principles and risk mitigation techniques, they reduce the risk of a cyber attack's success and minimize the negative impacts of a disruptive and destructive cyber attack. While preventive controls are important, financial institution management should be prepared for a worst-case scenario and maintain sufficient business continuity planning processes for the rapid recovery, resumption, and maintenance of the institution's operations.
 
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Agents National Title Names Todd Mendolia COO

Prior to joining ANTIC, Mendolia served in several critical operational and sales positions for some of the largest underwritten title companies. Most recently with First American Mortgage Solutions (FAMS) as the National Director of Sales. During his time at FAMS, Mendolia led both the operational and sales teams while driving sales efforts geared toward large regional lenders. Before his time at First American, Mendolia spent the majority of his career with the Lender Processing Services’ business lines in roles such as SVP, Title Operations for LSI and Managing Director of LPS Default Title. Over the course of his career he has gained a unique knowledge set that includes multi-state origination, purchase, and default servicing title and underwriting. Todd is a native of St. Louis, MO and a graduate of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO.
 
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Stewart Title President Matthew Morris Announces His Departure

Matthew Morris, President and former Chief Executive Officer of Stewart Information Services Corporation, announced his departure effective Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Morris will continue to serve as a member of Stewart’s Board of Directors. In addition, Morris will provide advisory services to the company and to new CEO Fred Eppinger throughout the next six months.
 
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Mary Ann Howard Retires

After more than 40 years in the title business, Mary Ann Howard with Alliant National has made the decision to join the ranks of those who get to wake up every day saying, “What am I going to do today?” Yes, she is officially retired.
 
Mary Ann built a very successful career by always being accessible, not only to her agents, but to anyone and everyone in the industry who needed help.
 
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Earn Your TLTA Professional Certification in 2020 – Exams Scheduled in April

It's a new year, and you're searching for new ways to get ahead in 2020. TLTA's Professional Certification Program is the advantage you've been looking for, and 2020 is a great year to finally make it happen!
 
Distinguish Yourself in a Competitive Market 
 

 
Upcoming Exam Dates: Mark Your Calendar Now!
Dallas | April 7
Application deadline: March 27
Austin | April 7
Application deadline: March 27
Houston | April 8
Application deadline: March 27
 
Why Should You Get Certified?
In today's competitive market, it's important to distinguish yourself. With a professional designation from TLTA's widely recognized and respected certification program, you'll have what you need to demonstrate professional proficiencies for employers and clients, and raise your stature industry-wide. 
 
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Property Records Industry Association Offers Special Title Industry Registration Rates for Winter Symposium in Austin, Feb. 24-27

The Property Records Industry Association (PRIA), which develops and promotes national standards and best practices for the property records industry, will host its Winter Symposium in Austin Feb. 24-27.
 
PRIA is inviting title industry professionals to register at a discounted rate that matches PRIA's early bird registration rate for PRIA members. 
 
PRIA's 2020 Winter Symposium 
Special Rate for Title Industry Professionals 
February 24-27
Renaissance Austin
9721 Arboretum Blvd, Austin, TX 78759
 
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