March 2022

Women's History Month
  • Title Industry Proves to be Successful Career Path for Female Entrepreneurs
  • Significant Stats and Fun Facts About Women in Real Estate
Industry Action
  • TLTAPAC Team Continues Strengthening Relationships With Lawmakers Who Oversee Our Regulated Industry
Resources and Insights
  • War in Ukraine Increases Cyber Risk: Social Engineering Red Flags
Career News and Accomplishments
  • Drew Christman Transitions to CEO of Providence Title
  • Title Person of the Year Award Nominations Due April 20
Upcoming Events and Educational Opportunities
  • Last Chance to Pay Lowest Rate for TLTA's Annual Conference and Business Meeting, Lock-It-In Rate Expires This Friday, April 1
  • Upcoming Webinars 

Title Industry Proves to be Successful Career Path for Female Entrepreneurs

ALTA | March 8, 2022
Marlen Rodriguez knows the opportunity the title insurance industry provides women looking for a career. Last fall, the industry veteran launched Miami-based New Dawn Title Group to serve Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. The new endeavor came after she previously ran her own company for over a decade, served as president of a privately-owned affiliated title company and worked for a national underwriter.

Along the way, she’s hired and trained women in the 2000s who are now thriving and leading successful title companies today.

“When I first opened my own company in 1999, one of the things that I loved offering jobs to single mothers—women and people in general who couldn't afford to go get a higher education,” Rodriguez said. “The ability to pay it forward like that and help the next generation is one of the greatest reasons to get into the business. The title industry is a great it's a great career where one doesn't have to go through the traditional college and get their bachelor's or master's degree, and still make a really good living.”

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TLTA Editor's Note: TLTA is proud to join the celebration of Women's History Month, and we applaud ALTA for this thoughtful reporting. This month's edition of Downdate also includes fun facts about women in real estate (see blurb below). You can learn more about women's history month here. 
 

Significant Stats and Fun Facts About Women in Real Estate

Bankrate.com | March 8, 2022
Women have an illustrious history in the real estate industry — but it’s not a very long history. In fact, in the U.S., female aspiring homeowners weren’t even allowed to finance purchases on their own until the 1970s. Thankfully, women have achieved high levels of real estate–related success since then, both as homeowners and as industry professionals. Here are some of the most interesting stats, outrageous facts and impressive figures in the history of women in real estate.

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

TLTA | March 29, 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.
 
This month two of our Local Legislative Liaisons, DJ Horn and Dawn Lin, delivered TLTAPAC checks to state Reps. Justin Holland and Gene Wu respectively. And state Rep. Joe Moody of El Paso attended TLTA's Town Hall Lunch in El Paso March 22, where he was presented a PAC check.
 

State Rep. Justin Holland receives a TLTAPAC check from TLTA Local Legislative Liaison DJ Horn.
 

TLTA Local Legislative Liaison Dawn Lin delivers a TLTAPAC check to state Rep. Gene Wu during Wu's birthday and reelection event. 
 

TLTA staff Aaron Day, state Rep. Joe Moody, TLTA staff Leslie Midgley and TLTA President John Updegraff, Jr. at TLTA Town Hall Lunch in El Paso where Rep. Moody was presented a TLTAPAC check
 
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 January 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
 

War in Ukraine Increases Cyber Risk: Social Engineering Red Flags

ALTA | March 9, 2022
Cyberattacks on businesses and government agencies have increased following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with the risk of spillover cyberattacks against non-primary targets becoming much more widespread.
 
The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), urged corporate leaders to prepare for attacks and adapt their C-suites accordingly.
 

 
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Drew Christman Transitions to CEO of Providence Title

As one of Providence’s newest shareholders, Drew Christman will join the executive leadership team bringing his many years of business experience and leadership.
 
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Title Person of the Year Award Nominations Due April 20

TLTA's Title Person of the Year Award will be presented at the TLTA Annual Conference and Business Meeting (June 13-15 in Fort Worth). This is your chance to nominate a seasoned title industry leader who exemplifies the best our industry has to offer: integrity, professionalism, service, legacy and success. 
 
If you want your nominee to be considered for our highest honor, your nomination must be received by April 20.
 
  

The honor of being named Title Person of the Year is awarded to someone who has accomplished the following:
  • Made significant contributions to the industry and the title insurance profession over a long period of time
  • Been an active volunteer leader within TLTA and made significant contributions in that role
  • Represents the best of our industry and raises the bar for professionalism in our business
Review List of Past Recipients »
Nominate Someone for the Title Person of the Year Award »  
(Previous recipients and current TLTA officers are ineligible) 
 
And, don't forget to register for our annual conference and book your hotel room today
 

Last Chance to Pay Lowest Rate for TLTA's Annual Conference and Business Meeting, Lock-It-In Rate Expires This Friday, April 1

The lock-it-in registration rate for this year's annual conference and business meeting expires this Friday, April 1. Save good money by registering now before the Friday deadline.
 
TLTA's Annual Conference and Business Meeting will be held in Fort Worth June 13-15. You can review the schedule-at-a-glance here.
 

 
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June 13-15, 2022
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Ethics - Game On! 

1 hr Escrow Ethics Credit
Level: Beginner. Presented live April 8, 2022
Presenter: Lisa Beville, JD, CPA, CTIP, Fidelity National Title Insurance Company
 
There is no crying in baseball, and there shouldn’t be crying in title either. This ethics webinar uses entertaining sports analogies to address practical ethics and the legal duties of a title insurance professional. After an hour, attendees will understand the importance of “knowing the rule book” and “touching all the bases.”
 
In addition to the live webinar listed above, TLTA maintains a 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!