Prior commitments and obligations had prevented me from attending the Land Title Association of Arizona (LTAA) conference over the past couple of years, and I looked forward to reconnecting with our independent Arizona agents last week. This year’s annual conference was held at the Ft. McDowell (WeKoPa) Resort and Casino on October 3-5. The conference has grown over the past few years with over 220 attendees gathering for the three day event. The educational opportunities have expanded and the association has adopted a series of breakout sessions to cover a greater variety of topics. There were also plenty of opportunities to connect with conference attendees at the annual LTAA golf tournament, welcome reception, installation dinner, and awards ceremony.
At the installation dinner, a new board of directors was elected. Roy Poll (Old Republic) is president, Brenda Martinez (Yavapai Title) vice president and Tom Davis (Pioneer Title) secretary/treasurer. Awards were presented to certified professionals that included Margaret Gibbons, Brenda Martinez, and Vickie Castillo (see below photo). At the end of the evening, the annual PAC auction raised record donations, highlighted by the “sale” of the infamous pink Snoopy hat. For the past 30 years, this hat has been signed by every donor who won the lucky bid and then returned to the LTAA board at the next year’s conference to be “sold” again.
First National Title Insurance Company (FNTI) supports the American Land Title Association (ALTA), our national organization as well as the state title associations throughout our territory. We believe in the value of working together as an industry to protect and preserve the title business. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the ALTA annual conference held on October 8-12 in Los Angeles, but FNTI was well represented by George Stablein. We will include a recap of that meeting in our next Blog.
Please join us next year for the 2019 annual LTAA conference, hosted by Brenda Martinez in Prescott, AZ. The FNTI team plans to be there to enjoy the education, fellowship, golf and beauty of Prescott Valley.