It is time to pass the gavel and welcome the new TLTA President to this forum. John Martin of Lone Star Title in El Paso will be installed as the 104th TLTA President on June 12, 2018, at the TLTA Annual Conference and Business Meeting. I am excited for John, and I know that his experience and knowledge of our industry will serve all of us very well during his tenure.
I have bittersweet feelings about moving into my new role--immediate past president. I will miss traveling around Texas and participating in neighboring state conferences as an emissary for our association. I will miss representing you at state legislative gatherings and in Washington, D.C. I will miss the connection with TLTA staff and traveling with Leslie, Aaron and Shea. And, I will miss TLTA’s excellent Board of Directors, who helped us develop the strategies and plans that defeated the re-regulation efforts we faced at the state Capitol in 2017. The board’s good work will continue to serve us with success when the Texas Legislature meets next year.
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Spring has arrived, and warmer weather is finally here. Your TLTA staff just finished producing TLTA’s traditional spring events--the Leadership Academy and the South Texas Seminar. Both events were extremely successful and well attended.
The Leadership Academy was held in Austin April 16-17. This is a unique program for title professionals that continues to grow and evolve, and this year the academy benefited from a record-setting 47 attendees. The group was young, diverse, motivated and excited to participate in two days of educational sessions focused on leadership training. The speakers covered a wide variety of subjects designed to explore what it means to be a leader. They also gave attendees the practical tools and resources needed to improve and develop their leadership skills. I appreciated the insight our panel of industry veterans gave to the academy attendees and the support from Mike Savas--First American Title’s representative sponsor of the event.
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I was honored to “kick-off” the Land Title School of Texas in Austin last week. The school was sold out again with a total enrollment of 240 eager students. This valuable educational experience has been coordinated and presented by TLTA and the dedicated School Committee for more than 40 years and is one of the best overall training opportunities available in the country. As a matter of fact, we had two students from California.
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