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November/December 2007 - Volume 86, Number 6

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Cover Story

Gary Kermott Ready to Take the Reins
by Ellen Schweppe
An avid horseman in his spare time, Gary Kermott is ready to take the ALTA® reins and start the next 100 years of the associationís history. Get to know him and his plans for his year as President.


ALTA® History
The Way We Were 1999 - 2007
by William J. McAuliffe, Jr.
Much to the dismay of the industry, the issue of banks trying to sell title insurance, the proliferation of mortgage impairment products and RESPA reform continued to be serious problems for the title industry this decade.

Running Your Business
Communicating Through Conflict
by Ronnie Moore
We can't banish conflict from our lives, but we can communicate more effectively through it. These five tips can help. Where there are people, there is conflict. It affects us all. The failure to communicate effectively, or to communicate at all, is a leading cause of conflict’s existence and escalation. If not confronted early and well, conflicts will escalate, negatively affecting entire families, neighborhoods, and organizations. It's a topic that can fill volumes, but you can get a handle on it by using these five tips:

Inside ALTA®
ALTA® Launches Title Industry Consumer Initiative
On Sept. 18, ALTA® launched a landmark Consumer Initiative that responds to the report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The Initiative was started prior to the release of the GAO report and involved hours of meetings with various ALTA® members. Learn how you can get involved.

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