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Message from CLTA President, Kevin Chiarello

Tuesday, July 17, 2018  
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I am extremely honored and proud to accept this year’s appointment as President of the California Land Title Association.  I would like to thank Jeff Kerns for his outstanding leadership over the past year.

I became a member of the Board of Governors for CLTA in 2008. I continue to learn a much from my peers on the Board - individuals like, Rick Dosa and Steve Tjaden at Old Republic Title; Margery Lee from North American Title; Don Partington, Jeff Knudson, Cindy Fried and Jim Kay, my colleagues at FNTG; and others who always take the time to explain an issue and offer solutions. I truly want to express my thanks to the Board of Governors for your faith in me and I will do my best to be a good steward for the Association.

Thanks to all the member companies for their support of their employee’s time to assist on committees for the CLTA. This is a powerful trade association and it is the work of all the individuals on the various committees that keeps us vital and up to date.

As we all know, the backbone of CLTA is the tremendous staff led by Craig Page who continues to champion the cause of CLTA by using his skills, talents, knowledge, wisdom and political experience to protect our industry. We are grateful for his direction, counsel and leadership. He has also built excellent alliances with the California Department of Insurance, members of the California State Assembly and State Senate, as well as other trade associations such as the California Association of Realtors, California Escrow Association, California Mortgage Bankers Association, and ALTA. We are indeed fortunate to have Craig on our team.

Also strengthening the Association spine are Anthony Helton, Cynthia Groom and Heather Starkey. They are the terrific team behind the scenes that make our trade association the smooth operating machine it is today. I will be leaning on Craig and his team heavily for direction, insight and wisdom in the coming year.

For 111 years the CLTA has helped guide its member companies through mountains of legislation and regulatory actions, always with an eye to protecting the integrity of the title insurance industry. This year will be no less problematic as we face the new challenges coming our way.

So where do I see our challenges? There are three key areas:

  1. Ongoing state and federal legislative issues pertaining to mechanics lien law, the ambiguities of SB 2, remote notarization and cannabis;
  2. The ever present, ongoing state regulatory pressures from the California Department of Insurance; and
  3. Bridging a stronger relationship with the California Association of Realtors for those times when mutual assistance may be necessary.

So once again, please accept my gratitude for the faith placed in me as your incoming President for CLTA. I will do my best to uphold the spirit of this office and live up to the excellence of our past leaders.


California Land Title Association

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