January 2019

  • Want to Help Stop Cyber Security Breaches? Focus on Human Error.
  • TLTA's Leslie Midgley Presents Texas Courthouse Stewardship Award to Shackelford County Judge Robert Skelton
  • VIDEO: Leadership Lessons on What it Takes to Lead a Turnaround
  • In Memoriam
  • After 45 Years with Lampasas County Abstract Company Gayle Myers Retires
  • Hill Country Titles Acquires Telegraph Title Company
  • Help Us Pack the Halls of the Texas Legislature Feb. 12-13

Want to Help Stop Cyber Security Breaches? Focus on Human Error

ZDNet | Jan. 23, 2019
When you think about cyber security incidents, the images that are likely to come to mind are nefarious hackers breaking into a corporate network to steal data or a ransomware attack that shuts down systems at a bank or a hospital.

The fact is, research has shown that the majority of information security attacks stem from human error, not from malicious intent. With the first quarter of the year and the busiest hiring season underway, it's imperative that organizations put together a training plan for new employees who are not up to speed on cyber security basics, according to the National Cybersecurity Center (NCC).
 
The non-profit organization, which helps business executives protect against cyber attacks, said employee education and applying common sense practices needs to be a priority at companies -- and could end up saving them millions of dollars.
 
Here are steps organizations can take to provide employee education and training to mitigate attacks caused by human error, according to Jonathan Steenland, COO of the NCC.

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TLTA's Leslie Midgley Presents Texas Courthouse Stewardship Award to Shackelford County Judge Robert Skelton

Our industry's commitment to the Texas Historical Commission's Courthouse Stewardship Program continued last week at an award lunch held during the commission's Real Places 2019 Conference in Austin.
 
Before presenting the Courthouse Stewardship Award to Shackelford County Judge Robert Skelton, Leslie Midgley, CEO and Executive Vice President of TLTA, noted that Shackelford was among the first counties to participate in the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program, which was created in 1999. Shackelford courthouse was the first courthouse to be fully restored and rededicated under the program in 2001. 
 

Sharon Fleming and Leslie Midgley Present the Texas Historical Courthouse Stewardship Award to Shackelford County Judge Robert Skelton
 
The Texas Land Title Association and its members have provided funding for the Texas Courthouse Stewardship Awards, as well as the Texas Courthouse Stewardship Workshops. On Oct. 10, 2016, TLTA received the 2015 Texas Historical Commission Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation for our industry's continued support of the Texas Courthouse Stewardship Program.

VIDEO: Leadership Lessons on What It Takes to Lead A Turnaround

Fortune | Jan. 24, 2018
Corporate turnarounds are extremely hard to pull off. Just ask Kathryn Marinello who two years ago took over the wheel at Hertz (HTZ). The giant car rental company had been struggling, losing money and market share. Under Marinello’s leadership, there are signs that the 100-year-old Hertz is growing again, but it still has a long way to travel on the road to recovery.

Speaking with Fortune, she ticks off many changes she’s made since 2017 when she became CEO: big investments in new information technology, upgrading Hertz’s fleet of vehicles, finding partners to develop self-driving car fleets, and on and on. But Marinello says the most important change she made was “getting the right leadership team in place.” She was in search of a special breed of leaders and she started from scratch hiring an entirely new batch of senior executives.

“I ask each person in an interview, ‘do you like people?’” she says. “They have to really care about people. The people washing cars right up to their direct reports.” She adds, “just the whole concept of turning around a company into growth and success and the energy that that will create, has to be something that really excites them.”
 
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In Memoriam

With the deepest respect for the friends we've lost and prayers of solace for the loved ones left behind, we recognize the following, saddening losses:
 
Ron Cousins
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Glenda Rattikin
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After 45 Years with Lampasas County Abstract Company Gayle Myers Retires

Gayle Myers (CTIP) retired at the end of 2018, marking the end of more than 45 years of dedicated, professional service to Lampasas County Abstract Company and their customers.

Congratulations, Gayle! Your commitment to professionalism is worthy of celebration.


Hill Country Titles Acquires Telegraph Title Company

Hill Country Titles, Inc. has purchased Telegraph Title Company of Junction and Rocksprings, which was previously owned by state Rep. Andrew Murr. The combined companies will operate as Hill Country Titles with offices in Fredricksburg, Junction and Rocksprings.

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Help Us Pack the Halls of the Texas Legislature Feb 12-13!

The 86th Session of the Texas Legislature commenced on Jan. 8, and the state lawmakers who help shape our regulated industry are hard at work.
 
With the issues our industry is facing in the Texas Legislature and market-wide, sharing our industry's powerful story with decision makers remains a top priority. Title professionals and industry advocates statewide are registering to join us for TLTA's Day at the Capitol in Austin Feb. 12-13.
 
Your participation in this one-of-a-kind industry advocacy and relationship-building event is crucial.
 
The last day to register for 2019 Day at the Capitol is Jan. 28, 2019. Register online today!
 
Thank you to our 2019 Day at the Capitol Sponsors:
 
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TLTA has scheduled a variety of live webinars for 2019! Register now, or explore our library of more than 80 On-Demand webinars and videos covering the title industry topics you need!