January 2018

TLTA Sponsors Texas Historical Commission Real Places 2018 Conference

TLTA was proud to be a title sponsor of the Texas Historical Commission's Real Places 2018 Conference as part of our ongoing support of the THC stewardship program. Since 2005, TLTA has been proud to support the program, which includes annual training workshops for county judges and maintenance workers to address issues like inspecting the exterior, identifying mechanical malfunctions, and budgeting for maintenance. 
In addition to the stewardship program workshop, Real Places 2018 provided the opportunity for preservationists and tourism professionals across the state to learn and share ideas for how to continue improving their communities.

Pentagon Thwarts 36 Million Email Breach Attempts Daily 

Defense One | Jan. 12, 2018
Every day, the Defense Department thwarts 36 million emails full of malware, viruses and phishing schemes from hackers, terrorists and foreign adversaries trying to gain unauthorized access to military systems.
Extrapolated over one year, the Pentagon receives 13 billion such emails, which are automatically scanned for suspicious content and other telltale signatures and "dumped on the floor" before they ever reach an inbox, according to David Bennett, director of operations for the Defense Information Systems Agency.
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TLTA's Cyber Fraud Resources Can Help Title Agents, Real Estate Professionals and Customers Avoid Becoming Victims 

While it's interesting to see that the Pentagon is having success thwarting cyber fraud attacks on military systems, it provides a cautionary tale about just how prevalent these schemes are. Don't let your company or your customers become victims of these attacks. The TLTA Cyber Fraud Resources web page has links to flyers, handouts and a video that can help your company and your clients conduct safe transactions. In addition, you'll find tips and hints you can provide to real estate professionals.
In case you missed it, TLTA hosted a workshop called "Scams, Schemes and Your Security" this past December that will be available On-Demand soon.
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In Memory of David W. Rhodes 

David W. Rhodes, Vice President and Senior Underwriting Counsel at Old Republic Title Company, passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 7 in Houston.
David was in the title insurance industry for more than 30 years, He was an active member of TLTA, serving on numerous committees. He also was a member of several bar associations and was a frequent speaker for TLTA, the bar associations, Houston Baptist University and Old Republic Title.
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Help Develop the Next Generation of Industry Leaders

Apply today or nominate a deserving young professional. Deadline – Feb. 1.
An integral part of our mission at TLTA is to help develop the next generation of title industry leaders. In keeping with that, TLTA encourages you to apply or nominate a deserving young title professional today for the Alex H. Halff Leadership Academy, which will be April 16-17 in Austin. The two-day Academy was created by industry experts to develop and grow young leaders for the future of the title industry. The Academy will provide the tools to help young professionals grow in their company by honing their leadership skills, expanding their industry knowledge, acquainting them with important industry information and helping them build a professional network.  
Space is limited to 50 participants, so apply now! The application deadline is Feb. 1.
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Congratulations to TLTA Newest Certified Professionals

TLTA congratulates the newly certified title professionals honored at our 2017 Texas Land Title Institute.

Erik Arredondo, CAEP 
Lone Star Title Company of El Paso
Graciela Cadena, CESP  
Lone Star Title Company of El Paso 
Becky Edmiston, CESP  
Texas Investors Title  
Frances Hughes, CTIP  
Alliant National Title Insurance Company 
John Martin, CAEP, CTIP  
Lonestar Title Company of El Paso    
Marlene Schnick, CESP  
Fort Bend Title LLC   
Karen Arthur, CESP  
Old Republic National Title Insurance Company 
Cathy Clamp, CAEP, CTIP 
Heart of Texas Title Co 
Mary Edwards, CTIP  
Lone Star Title Company of El Paso  
Michelle Ingracia, CESP, CTIP  
First Mason Title Co  
Marianne Merritt, CAEP  
Attorney at Law   
Rudy Telles, CAEP  
WestStar Title, LLC  

Join This Distinguished Group

In today's competitive market, it's important to distinguish yourself, and getting certified is the perfect way to do just that. Your TLTA certification demonstrates your knowledge and enhances your professionalism. And TLTA is here to walk you through every step of the process!
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Why People Really Quit Their Jobs 

Harvard Business Review | Jan. 11, 2018
People don't quit a job, the saying goes — they quit a boss. We've heard it so many times that when we started tracking why employees leave Facebook, all bets were on managers. But our engagement survey results told a different story: When we wanted to keep people and they left anyway, it wasn't because of their manager...at least not in the way we expected.

Of course, people are more likely to jump ship when they have a horrible boss. But we've spent years working to select and develop great managers at Facebook, and most of our respondents said they were happy with theirs. The decision to exit was because of the work. They left when their job wasn't enjoyable, their strengths weren't being used, and they weren't growing in their careers.

At Facebook, people don't quit a boss — they quit a job. And who's responsible for what that job is like? Managers.
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Save the Date: June 11-13 – TLTA Annual Conference & Business Meeting

The 2018 Annual Conference & Business Meeting is just around the corner, and you won't want to miss it. This year we will be at the brand-new Fairmont Austin Hotel in downtown Austin on June 11-13. 
Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information about this exciting event. As always, you can expect a conference full of the latest industry trends and topics.
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Hire the Best With the TLTA Career Center 

At TLTA, we strongly believe that filling your employment opportunities shouldn't break the bank. When your organization calls for three, five or even 20 candidates to take on new roles, why not fulfill your hiring needs and save money at the same time? With our multiple job posting packages, you can earn discounts for purchasing your postings in advance and enjoy the luxury of taking up to 365 days to post all of your jobs with full resume access. It's a great way to lock in year-round savings and cover your entire recruitment needs. You can:
  • Reach more candidates with new job seekers each month
  • Access resumes from qualified title professionals
  • Receive email alerts when resumes matching your ideal candidate are uploaded
  • Use our advertising enhancements for increased visibility
Ready to recruit from a large pool of highly qualified professionals that are a great match for your organization? Visit the TLTA Career Center today and see for yourself why this is the #1 site for making employment connections in the Texas title industry.

Voted Most Popular: TLTA's Top Five On-Demand Programs for January 2018

TLTA's On-Demand programs are popular – and for good reasons! They can get you the CE credits and knowledge you need, at a time that works for you.
Below are our top five On-Demand programs for January. Register for one today!
  1. Home Equity Loans and Reverse Mortgages
  2. Abstract and Examination
  3. Deeds and Correction Instruments
  4. Powers of Attorney - New Legislation
  5. TDI Compliance Audits: Review, Tips and Guidance
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TLTA has more live webinars: Register now, or explore the On-Demand webinar library today!