February 2020

  • Abstracting & Examination Fundamentals – Live in Dallas May 14
  • Grassroots News: Texas House Insurance Committee Chairman Rep. Eddie Lucio III Attends Title Industry Meet and Greet
  • Cyber ­Insurance: 10 Tips and Traps
  • Next Gen: Title Industry Leadership Today, Tomorrow and Beyond
  • John Magness Joins FNF to Lead Alamo Title Company
  • RecordsOnline Hires Mark Holley
  • Patten Title Participates in Local Charity
  • A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members
  • Upcoming Webinars

Abstracting & Examination Fundamentals – Live in Dallas May 14

During the town hall meetings TLTA held across the state in 2019, many of you asked for an educational program that helps agents strengthen, preserve and perpetuate your abstracting and examination departments – this is it!
This new, one-day program—Abstracting & Examination Fundamentals: A Practical Approach—is built specifically for title insurance professionals who need to learn the fundamentals of abstracting and examination from experienced pros.
You Asked for It – Here It Is!
Presented Live in Dallas May 14 

Are you a professional with one to three years title industry experience who wants to learn more about the process of abstracting and examining? Do you know someone who needs to prepare for a move into an abstracting and examination department? Don't miss the opportunity to attend this live, in-person, interactive program to be presented one time only in Dallas – register now!

Grassroots News: Texas House Insurance Committee Chairman Rep. Eddie Lucio III Attends Title Industry Meet and Greet

Rep. Eddie Lucio III, who chairs the powerful Texas House Insurance Committee, attended a meet and greet reception with title professionals at Brownsville's popular Mi Pueblito Restaurant Feb. 13.

TLTA CEO Leslie Midgley, Rep. Eddie Lucio III, TLTA Board Member Paul Rodriguez and TLTA President Mike Savas at the Meet and Greet in Brownsville Feb. 13
Thank you to all the title offices in Rep. Lucio's district who helped make our day with the chairman a success. His continued support for our industry's health and success is a testament to his leadership and our industry's good work on behalf of Texas consumers. 
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Cyber ­Insurance: 10 Tips and Traps

Risk Management Magazine | Feb. 3, 2020
As businesses know, a network failure can shut down operations for extended periods of time and data breaches can expose customer information to third parties, potentially subjecting the breached company to class action litigation and regulatory penalties.
The insurance industry has responded by developing cyber insurance specifically designed to address losses resulting from problems with networks and computer systems. Insurers have also taken steps to limit coverage for such losses under more traditional policy forms, like commercial general liability (CGL), directors and officers (D&O) and property insurance. Policyholders should know that cyber insurance comes in many forms, and they can and should shop around and negotiate for the coverage that best suits their needs.
Here are 10 tips and traps for policyholders to consider when purchasing cyber insurance:
  1. Know What Is Available
  2. “Loss” of Data vs. “Misuse” of Data
  3. Regulatory Investigations
  4. Retroactive Dates
  5. What Are You Promising to Do?
  6. Choice of Counsel and Vendors
  7. “Network” Definition
  8. Coverage for Vendor and Rogue Employee Misconduct
  9. Business Interruption: Who Picks the Adjuster?
  10. Business Interruption: Third-Party Network Failures?
Read More »
Learn More Via TLTA's Cyber Security Resources »

Next Gen: Title Industry Leadership Today, Tomorrow and Beyond

TLTA President Mike Savas challenged our industry to focus on identifying and growing the next generation of industry leaders. His charge is a renewal of commitments this industry made more than a decade ago to further crucial industry priorities, including enabling women in leadership roles and ensuring the sustainability of the industry's continued prosperity. 
Today we are proud to highlight another leader among the 'Next Gen' professionals who are stepping up to serve our industry via the advancement of ideas and innovations that benefit consumers, our industry and our state's powerful real estate economy.

Patrick Rose, President of Corridor Title in Dripping Springs, is a former Texas legislator who served as Chairman of the Texas House's challenging Health and Human Services Committee. He currently serves on TLTA's Legislative Committee, and he is a member of TLTAPAC's Board of Trustees. 

Patrick Rose
  • Former Texas Legislator
  • Former Chair, Texas House Committee on Health and Human Services
  • TLTA Legislative Committee
  • TLTAPAC Board of Trustees

How did you get started in the industry?
I was looking to start a business within the real estate sector in the Austin – San Antonio Region, and decided on the Title Industry after much thought during the 2009-2010 timeframe. I entered the industry by acquiring the assets of an existing Title Agent, located in Dripping Springs, in October 2010.
What’s the best way to succeed in the title business?
I believe that success in our industry, and any industry for that matter, is based squarely on the success and empowerment of our valued colleagues and valued clients. At Corridor Title we are passionate about their respective success and opportunity – and if both of those critical groups succeed, so will Corridor Title. 
What advice would you give other young professionals?
Your involvement with TLTA is not only important to the success of our industry, it’s important to your success as an industry professional. And the professional staff at TLTA does such a superb job of providing avenues for involvement – take advantage of the opportunity! 
What book is on your nightstand right now? Or, what podcast are you listening to?
Simon Sinek’s Leaders Eat Last. 
The title business can be fast paced and stressful. How do you unwind and stay balanced?
Family and civic involvement. My wife and I have two boys, and they are at terrific ages – 6 and 4. 

John Magness Joins FNF to Lead Alamo Title Company

Fidelity National Financial announced that John Magness has joined FNF as Executive Vice President and EVP of Alamo Title Company. 
Magness has over three decades of experience in the title insurance and real estate industries. He most recently served as Group President at Stewart Title in charge of all US direct title operations. Prior to Stewart, Magness served as President of Old Republic Title.
Read the Press Release »

RecordsOnline Hires Mark Holley

RecordsOnline, an East Texas-based SaaS platform, hired sales and marketing professional Mark Holley to serve as the company's Executive Sales Director. Holley is responsible for the coordination, management and direction of sales operations for all RecordsOnline product groups.
Read the Press Release »

Patten Title Participates in Local Charity

By combining camaraderie with philanthropy, team members from Patten Title Company's two Austin offices created 25 handmade teddy bear dolls to give to clients of the Center for Child Protection, a nonprofit agency that assists children who have experienced trauma.
"One of the things that's near and dear to all of our leadership team's heart is to try to give back as much as possible," said Eric Fontanot, President of Patten. "The thought was that we would have a real opportunity to make a difference in other people's lives and, by doing so, really build stronger bonds with the folks in our office."
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A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members

Agent Members

Interamerica Title Group, LLC
Contact: Syed Ali
2200 West Loop S, Ste. 500
Houston, TX 77027
Vista Title Venture, LLC
dba Vista Title
Contact: Sarah Blackburn
1826 N. Loop 1604 W, Ste. 125A
San Antonio, TX 78248
Hometown Title Solutions, LLC
dba Hometown Title
Contact: Jacob Richardson
2605 W. Lake Houston Pkwy., Ste. C
Kingwood, TX 77339
Elevated Title LLC
Contact: Sally Farrar
5851 Legacy Cir., 6th Floor
Plano, TX 75024
Texas Title
Contact: Bob Karlseng
19111 N. Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 120
Dallas, TX 75287

Associate Members

Delta Resources Inc.
Contact: Isaac Espinoza
2416 Zurich Ave.
McAllen, TX 78504
Skyline Lien Search
Contact: Rolando Requeny
8785 SW 165th Ave., Ste. 301
Miami, FL 33193

FIRPTA Solutions Inc.
Contact: Julia Lepore
615 Cape Coral Pkwy. W, Ste 202
Cape Coral, FL 33914

Register now for the upcoming live webinars listed below, or explore our library of more than 80 On-Demand webinars and videos covering the title industry topics you need to earn continuing education credits and stay ahead of the curve on the latest industry trends.