January 2022

Articles of Interest
  • Don’t Hire a Former Employee Before Asking These Questions
  • TLTA Town Hall Tour Kicks Off With Lunch in College Station
  • TLTAPAC Team Continues Strengthening Relationships With Lawmakers Who Oversee Our Regulated Industry
Industry Career News
  • Fidelity National Financial Announces Executive Management Transition: Mike Nolan to Be Appointed Chief Executive Officer; Randy Quirk to Be Appointed Executive Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors Effective Feb. 1
  • First National Title Insurance Promotes DJ Horn to Southwest Region Agency Manager
  • First National Title Insurance Company Hires Michelle Hebert as VP & Underwriting Counsel
  • Fred Schraub Promoted to SVP - Texas Underwriting Counsel for National Investors
Upcoming Educational Opportunities
  • South Texas Seminar Feb. 19
  • Know Someone Who Needs Comprehensive Title Industry Education? Registration Open for 2022 Land Title School of Texas April 4-6 in Austin.
  • Save the Date: TLTA's Annual Conference and Business Meeting in Fort Worth June 13-15
  • Upcoming Webinars

Don’t Hire a Former Employee Before Asking These Questions

Harvard Business Review | Jan. 26, 2022
Many employees are on the move, looking for that next opportunity. Perhaps they want a bigger challenge, more money, or believe they need to leave their current company to advance their career. But what if they leave your company and realize the new opportunity wasn’t as great as they thought, or they left years ago, gained new skills, and now want to come back? Should you hire them?
 
Rehiring a former employee, known as a boomerang, may seem like the easy answer because they already know the company culture, business nuances, and people, but there are several reasons why they might not be the right person for the job. Here are five questions managers should ask themselves before hiring a former employee.
 
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TLTA Town Hall Tour Kicks Off With Lunch in College Station 

TLTA | Jan. 26, 2022
Coming together to bolster our industry's success has been the driving force behind our association since it was founded more than a 100 years ago. And, it all started with discussions just like the exchanges of ideas we're having with TLTA members all across the state during TLTA's 2022 Town Hall Tour.
 
  

The first town hall lunch was held in College Station Jan. 25. TLTA President John Updegraff, Jr. and TLTA staff Leslie Midgley and Aaron Day talked informally over lunch with TLTA members about these topics and more:
  • TLTA’s Areas of Focus
  • The Latest at TDI
  • Texas Legislative Report
  • What’s Happening in D.C.
  • TREC Changes, Court Cases & More
  • Q&A and Idea Exchange

TLTA John Updegraff, Jr. and TLTA staff Leslie Midgley and Aaron Day talk with title professionals over lunch in College Station Jan. 25
 
Upcoming Town Hall Lunch Locations
(Hyperlinks lead to registration page for that event. Registration pages for the other town hall lunches will be shared when they are available.)
 
Temple – Feb. 1
Tyler – Feb. 2
Corpus Christi – Feb. 17
Midland – March 1
Lubbock – March 2
Amarillo – March 3
El Paso –  March 22
 
Questions about the Town Hall Tour? Email us.
 

TLTAPAC Team Continues Strengthening Relationships With Lawmakers Who Oversee Our Regulated Industry

TLTA | Jan. 26, 2022
The TLTAPAC team remains busy during the legislative interim, working with our legislative allies to recognize good work done last session on behalf of our real estate marketplace, as well as preparing for legislative work ahead.
 
Recently, a group of Houston-area title professionals and TLTA staff delivered a TLTAPAC check to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. 
 

Leslie Midgley, Michael Knudsen, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Sandra Paige, Mike Minnis, John Updegraff Jr., and Frank Vandiver
 
As reported in TLTA's 2021 Legislative Report, our industry and our role in Texas' real estate marketplace were celebrated and supported by lawmakers during the 87th Regular Session, which concluded last May. The next legislative session begins in Jan. 2023. 
  
Thank you to all our TLTAPAC contributors. Your continued financial support equips us to protect and strengthen our successful title insurance system in Texas. If you haven't made your 2022 contribution, invest in your career by contributing to your TLTAPAC now
 

Fidelity National Financial Announces Executive Management Transition: Mike Nolan to Be Appointed Chief Executive Officer; Randy Quirk to Be Appointed Executive Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors Effective Feb. 1

Fidelity National Financial, Inc. announced Jan. 5 that Mike Nolan, the company's current president, will assume the role of chief executive officer of FNF. Concurrently, Randy Quirk, the company's current chief executive officer, will assume the position of executive vice-Chairman on the company's board of directors. Both executive leadership changes will be effective as of February 1, 2022.
 
Read the Press Release »
 

First National Title Insurance Promotes DJ Horn to Southwest Region Agency Manager

First National Title Insurance Company (FNTI) is proud to announce the promotion of DJ Horn to Southwest Region Agency Manager.

Horn has been in the industry over 20 years and has been with the company ten years this coming March.
 
Read the Press Release »
 

First National Title Insurance Company Hires Michelle Hebert as VP & Underwriting Counsel

First National Title Insurance Company (FNTI) is happy to announce the addition of Michelle Hebert as vice president & underwriting counsel.
 
Michelle holds a bachelor of arts degree from University of Texas at San Antonio and juris doctor from St. Mary’s Law School. Hebert has vast experience and knowledge in her past roles as examiner, escrow officer, and underwriting attorney and has managed and developed a curative department all within her 15 years of experience in the industry. 
 
Read the Press Release »
 
 

Fred Schraub Promoted to SVP - Texas Underwriting Counsel for National Investors

National Investors recently promoted Fred Schraub to senior vice president - Texas Underwriting Counsel.
 
Fred joined National Investors in 2018 and brings nearly 20 years of experience in title insurance underwriting and educational services to supporting agents.
 
Read the Press Release »
 

South Texas Seminar Feb. 19

Our team of experienced title professionals from across the state built a timely and informative educational program just for you. Learn from top-rated instructors covering the latest industry need-to-know topics while earning your CE hours!
 

 
South Texas Seminar
Feb. 19, 2022
Doubletree by Hilton
McAllen, Texas
Register Now
 
Topics
Surveys and Affidavits of Heirship 
Notary Acknowledgments 
RON Tips and Tricks 
Ethics in the Title Industry
 
Presenters
Lisa M. Beville, JD, CPA, CTIP, Fidelity National Title Group 
Brandi Abercrombie, CESP, CTIP, National Investors Title Insurance 
Kristina R. Vargas, CTIP, Southwest Abstract Company, Inc
 
CE Hours
3 General Escrow Hours and 1 Ethics Hour (pending approval)
 

Know Someone Who Needs Comprehensive Title Industry Education? Registration Open for 2022 Land Title School of Texas April 4-6 in Austin.

Are you a title professional looking for basic knowledge in the title industry or seeking cross-training in order to become a more valuable asset in the newer, leaner title industry? Perhaps you want to expand your skills and learn from industry experts. Well, this is the program for you!
 

Land Title School of Texas
April 4-6, 2022
AT&T Executive Conference Center, Austin
Register Now
 
The Land Title School of Texas is an in-depth, interactive and comprehensive title industry program condensed into just a few days, saving your company time and money. With more than 7,000 graduates, we're the gold standard in Texas title industry education!
 
Here are just a few of the program highlights:
  • Learn industry basics, including the process of a typical residential closing.
  • Classes include sessions on current procedures, rules, forms and laws affecting title insurance in Texas.
  • A School notebook containing all written materials.
  • Interactive testing will reinforce students' learning and retention.
  • Earn up to 20 hours toward applying for your TLTA professional certification exam.
  • Escrow and MCLE credit available (pending approval).

Save the Date: TLTA's Annual Conference and Business Meeting in Fort Worth June 13-15

Mark your calendar for this annual event, which will be held in Fort Worth this year. Registration and hotel reservations will be available in March. You can review the schedule-at-a-glance here
 

 
Save the Date!
TLTA's Annual Conference and Business Meeting
June 13-15, 2022
Omni Fort Worth  


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!