It is my honor to officially present to you the TLTA Professional Certification program. We are now accepting applications for the first group of individuals that want to take this challenge and distinguish themselves as credentialed title professionals!
September traditionally begins to mark the Fall season with football games, cooler nights and the charge to the holiday season, even though many of us are still experiencing warm temperatures across Texas! TLTA wrapped up its summer by preparing for the upcoming Biennial Hearings and the Texas Legislative Session; closely following and having meetings on the minerals coverage issue; proactively planning this year's educational events; organizing this year's Annual TLTAbay PAC Auction; as well as devising new ways to better serve you through communications, advocacy and education.
Just one year ago, then-TLTA President Sheri Asbell observed in her President's Message that the housing market and credit crisis were very much affecting the title industry in Texas and nationwide. In the last 12 months, TLTA has continued to closely monitor all aspects of the economic slowdown with the intended outcome of helping our members meet today's challenges while being proactive about the future. TLTA continues to work hard for our industry, representing you on items of paramount substance and providing support, advocacy and education to our industry.
I am honored to serve as your association president as TLTA embarks on a new century providing support, advocacy and education to our title insurance industry. The 2008-2009 year is off to a busy start. The TLTA Board of Directors has already held two conference calls during recent weeks in preparation for the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) hearing on the minerals coverage issue scheduled for July 15. We also anticipate that the 2008 biennial rule and rate hearings will be scheduled soon and our Regulatory Committee is working on fine tuning our agenda items.
As I wrap up my year as president of TLTA, I want to thank all of you for your unending support-- of me, of the Texas title industry and of TLTA. It has been a pleasure serving you.
It's that time of year again! Whether you're a regular attendee, haven't been in years or a first-timer, the TLTA Annual Conference on June 5-7 in San Antonio is the Conference you won't want to miss! TLTA will be wrapping up the celebration of our Centennial year with special festivities throughout the three-day event.
Spring has sprung and as always it's a busy time at TLTA. No doubt you've noticed from all the recent updates from us that your association has been working diligently on your behalf and trying to also keep you up-to-date on the most important announcements. With the recent Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) changes to rules and forms, the integration of personal property title insurance into the Basic Manual and the revised RESPA proposal, it's a lot to digest and sort out, and therefore I thought I would recap these items for you.
Spring is right around the corner and I am looking forward to celebrating the many things this new season will bring. One event I'm particularly excited about is TLTA's Annual Conference & Centennial Festivities, June 5-7, 2008, at the beautiful Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio. This year, TLTA will be celebrating 100 years of providing service to the Texas title industry and we are planning a fun and memorable conference that I'm sure will be talked about for the next 100 years.
We officially launched TLTA's Centennial Celebration this past weekend with a series of events that gave our members a chance to kick up their heels in honor of our association's 100-year anniversary. TLTA staff hosted an Open House on Friday afternoon that gave members an opportunity to visit with friends and associates while perusing a great collection of photographs and memorabilia. Golfers gathered at the Barton Creek Country Club to celebrate the first sunny day in over a week, not to mention hitting a few in honor of TLTA. Last, but certainly not least, the Centennial Gala on Saturday evening was a heartwarming tribute, with Texas-style entertainment ranging from The Austin Children's Choir to Steven Fromholz. It was truly a Lone Star extravaganza.