July 19, 2011
While gathering my thoughts in preparation for writing this letter, I took some time to review past President’s letters to our membership. One thing that struck me was how some things never change. One thing that hasn’t changed is that our industry, the Title Insurance Industry, faces challenges. Whether the industry is the target of an uninformed press, misguided regulations or unfavorable economic conditions, there is always hard, worthwhile work to be done.
Thankfully, another thing that has not changed, not for 105 years, is the existence of the California Land Title Association (CLTA). For 105 years the CLTA and its membership have worked tirelessly to defend and protect our industry from the challenges of the day. The CLTA has also worked to promote the value the industry brings to the public at large. During my time spent as a Member of the Board of Governors of the CLTA, I have had the honor and pleasure of meeting, coming to know and working with an incredible group of individuals. Individuals, that while fierce competitors in business, come together and selflessly share their knowledge and varying skills for the betterment of the industry. It is my knowing these individuals and witnessing their dedication to their profession that gives me the confidence to commit to all title professionals throughout the State of California and beyond that the one thing that will not change is the existence of the CLTA and the benefits derived from its existence that, as title professionals we all enjoy.
It is my first hand knowledge and understanding of the commitment these individuals make to the CLTA and the title industry as a whole, that makes me proud to accept their nod of approval of my appointment as President of their association. It is also the reason that as President, I call upon all title companies and title professionals who are not at this time members of the CLTA to join and participate in your future. There is work to be done and your support is needed.
I would like to thank all CLTA sponsors for your generous support through the years. Because of you, the CLTA is successful.
Another thing that will not change during my tenure is CLTA’s proactive program of three-year goal planning instituted by Jeff Brown. Jeff took the first step last year in recreating an Association primed with long-term goals by leading the Board of Governors in the establishment of a set of goals. These goals will be reviewed in each scheduled Board meeting this year to ensure the CLTA stays on track. Thank you, Jeff, for your leadership in this effort and for your tireless work as President.
The CLTA is off to a great start this year.
Thanks to the efforts of Bill Burding and many others, the CLTA PAC is up and running full steam ahead, achieving its fund raising goals by the close of the 2011 convention. Thank you to all that contributed to last year’s efforts and for your continued support in the future.
Thanks to Don Partington, and others, the CLTA is right in the middle of the Consumer Financial Protection Act battle and our input is being actively considered.
And finally, thanks to Craig Page, as a result of his hard work, later this month the CLTA will be participating in the second ALTA Large States meeting wherein we will endeavor to stay abreast of activities at ALTA and with the cooperation of other state Land Title Association’s provide input to the ALTA on important issues as they affect each of our states interests.
There is hard work ahead. The CLTA, through its members, and the support of our generous sponsors, is once again, as it always has been, up to the task. Please join us.