June 2021

  • Owners' Box Perspectives: Power of Collaboration
  • Patten Title Company Hires Senior Escrow Officer Juliana Davila for New Location
  • New Speakers Added to 2021 Conference Program, Exciting Keynote Announcements, and More
  • A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members
  • On-Demand Webinars

Owners' Box Perspectives: Power of Collaboration

Texas Land Title Association | June 28, 2021

Owners' Box Perspectives:
Power of Collaboration

featuring Torrie Poehls
In this new installment of our Owners’ Box Perspectives series, Torrie Poehls, owner of Brazos Valley Title, talks about learning the title business, sharing the customer’s excitement and more. 
The following interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. In addition to reading the complete interview transcript below, you have the opportunity to hear Torrie in her own voice via these introductory videos featuring Torrie: Power of Collaboration and Sharing the Customer’s Excitement
You got into this business without experience in it other than some legal probate and estate planning work. What’s that like to buy an agency without experience in the industry?
That’s right – I never worked for an agency or an underwriter before I got into this business. In fact, when we bought our agency four years ago, I had zero experience in the title industry, which probably sounds completely crazy to you, but looking back on it now it's probably better that I had no experience, because I think that I probably would have been intimidated. This business is way more complicated than I expected it to be. I love that about our industry now, but before I bought this business, had I known what it was going to be like, I think I would have been too intimidated to jump out there and buy my own title company. 
As a younger than average agency owner, what do you see for the future of our industry as it relates to the adoption of technology? 

The popular opinion is to be all for the advances in technology that will simplify the closing process. But for me, being from a small town, the customer interaction is such an important part of the closing process that I'm a little bit worried about what the future holds for our use of technology. However, I suspect our small town will probably be one of the last areas to adopt any significant changes in the closing process.  For example, our county clerk here in Somervell County—and in Bosque County where we also do business—doesn’t allow for e-recording yet. You have to actually take the docs there physically.  People around here enjoy the face-to-face interaction, myself included!
Read the Complete Transcript of Torrie's Interview »
Video: Hear Torrie's Thoughts on Power of Collaboration »
Video: Hear Torrie's Thoughts on Sharing the Customer's Excitement »

Patten Title Company Hires Senior Escrow Officer Juliana Davila for New Location

Patten Title Company announced the recent hire of Juliana Davila to the role of Senior
Escrow Officer and Branch Manager for the company’s new Memorial office location in Houston.
Juliana re-joins the Patten Title team after a year at another leading title agency as a fee
attorney, escrow officer and branch manager. She previously worked at Patten Title for five
years as an escrow officer. Prior to that, Juliana worked at First American and Texas Title, accumulating a total of15 years in the title industry.
Read the Press Release from Patten Title »

New Speakers Added to 2021 Conference Program, Exciting Keynote Announcements, and More

We've continued building out the program for our upcoming 2021 Annual Conference and Business Meeting at the brand-new Kalahari Resort in Round Rock, and we can't wait to see you there Aug. 9-11, 2021.
Program additions include a housing market forecast, post-COVID management strategies, digital closings, cyber fraud and more. Experts will also discuss federal initiatives that could impact your business, including preserving 1031s and creating a federal RON standard. And, you won't want to miss our update on the Texas Legislature's recently concluded 87th Session and what new laws affect you and your business.
Keynote and Closing Breakfast Speakers

Christine Cashen
Carpe Chaos: How to get along, get it done, and have more fun along the way!
Learn More About Christine Cashen

Ben Nemtin
5 Steps to Make the Impossible Possible
Learn More About Ben Nemtin
Economic and Housing Market Forecasts for Real Estate Professionals

Dr. James P. Gaines 

Texas A&M Real Estate
Research Center  
Scott Norman
Executive Director,
Texas Association of Builders 

National Insights on Industry Issues – An Interview With ALTA President Bill Burding
Informal interview-style conversation with TLTA's Leslie Midgley on hot topics affecting our industry, including attempts to limit 1031 exchanges, creation of federal RON standard, data privacy legislation, latest cyber fraud schemes, and more

Bill Burding
ALTA President
Leslie Midgley
TLTA Executive Vice President and CEO

What Does Normal Look Like Post-COVID?
A conversation among peers featuring lessons learned during the COVID pandemic from an agency perspective

Panel Moderator
Patrick Rose
Corridor Title

Claire Hartman 
First Community

Johnny Collins 
Community National

Mary O'Donnell
President & CEO,

Other Must-See Sessions Include
  • Texas Legislative Briefing: New Laws & Near Misses
  • State of the Association: Year in Review
  • The Evolution of Digital Closing: What’s Next? 
  • Cyber Crime: Prevention and Protection

PLEASE NOTE: Response to this year's conference has been overwhelming, and our room block is sold out. However, at last report, the resort still had rooms available at their regular rates. If you're planning to attend this year's conference and want to stay at the Kalahari with us, you should book your room today to ensure availability. 
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A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members

Agent Members

North Star Title Company, LLC        
Contact: Alan Holly        
1321 Antoine
Houston, TX 77055        

Inland Title of Texas, LLC        
Contact: Carla Krafka        
110 River Crossing Blvd., Ste. 1
Spring Branch, TX 78070        

Keyzie Title Company
Contact: Emily Hohenstein        
8951 Collin McKinney Pkwy., Ste. 1201
McKinney, TX 75070        

Envison Title Texas San Antonio
Contact: Kendall Schrader        
300 E. Sonterra, Bldg. 1, Ste. 1130
San Antonio, TX 78258"        

Atlas Title Company
Contact: Janae Urbanczyk        
129 S. Main St., Ste. 260
Grapevine, TX 76051        
Apex Closing Services of Texas, LLC
Contact: Monica Schroeder        
9901 IH-10 W., Ste. 215
San Antonio, TX 78230        

Texas Premier Settlement Services, LLC 
Contact: Barbie Chandler        
1800 Preston Park Blvd., Ste. 119
Plano, TX 75093        

Tarry Title, Inc.
Contact: Micah John Tarry        
2098 Three Lakes Parkway
Tyler, TX 75703        

Associate Members

Network Transaction Solutions        
Contact: Andrea Somers        
1101 East Cumerland Ave., Ste. 201H-779
Tampa, FL 33602        

Contact: Bradley T. Jones        
14701 Saint Marys Lane
Houston, TX 77079        
Lowell O. Dunn, P.C.
Contact: Lowell O. Dunn        
319 West 3rd Ave.
Corsicana, TX 75110        
MidFirst Bank
Contact: Terry Valles        
1920 McKinney Ave., Ste. 900
Dallas, TX 75201        

Old Republic Exchange
Contact: Jason Koberg        
5950 Fairview Rd., Ste. 120
Charlotte, NC 28210        
Pristine Title Services        
Contact: Deborah Miller        
303 E. Main St., Ste. 160
League City, TX 77573        

Contact: Hoyt Mann
1700 Redbud Blvd., Ste. 190
McKinney, TX 75069        

Contact: Anton Tonev        
1320 Sequoia Plz.
Ukiah, CA 95482        

In addition to the live webinars listed below, you have access to 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!