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September/October 1998 - Volume 77, Number 5

The American Land Title Association® educational programs continue to rally and adjust to recent changes in our industry.

Much has been written recently about the changing business environment in which our industry now finds itself. As a result, questions have been raised as to whether or not the ALTA® can adjust the pursuit of its goals in a manner which meets the new environment.

ALTA® has been successful in meeting modern day challenges in several fields including government affairs but, what has been particularly pleasing to me, and I hope to all of us, is the way our educational programs have immediately risen to these new challenges.

Several accomplishments should be mentioned. One, of course, has been the well documented success of our Technology Forum and Expo, which will be held again in February, 1999. I have just returned from attending the Agents Seminar on Strategic Alliances held in Chicago in August. The objective of the seminar was to provide information and ideas to agents, to help them adapt and plan for survival in today’s changing business environment. Speakers included experts in the field of business alliances, underwriting executives and counsel, as well as agents who have entered into alliances and were able to speak of their experiences. The responses to the seminar were excellent, and I am sure it will not be the last seminar organized to quickly respond to a current need of the industry.

Another example of ALTA®’s continued response to a present need is the upcoming Land Title Institute Management Development Program to be presented February 28-March 5, 1999, at Houston Baptist University. Research has indicated a need for this type of seminar, particularly for mid-size agents and regional underwriters. This again demonstrates ALTA®’s ability to rise to the needs of its members.

In summary, ALTA® is not sitting still while the new environment passes by, but instead is adjusting its programs and responding to its members needs. Many people in the ALTA® should be congratulated for their help in meeting the new challenges. Particular credit should be given to our ALTA® staff for planning, organizing and implementing the programs. ALTA® also appreciates those members from both the agent and underwriter sides who voluntarily give of their time and talent to serve as speakers and panelists.

I hope that all of our members will take advantage of the effective and timely programs being presented.


Joseph M. Parker, Jr.

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