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Blazing New Trails at the ALTA® Convention

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July/August 1999 - Volume 78, Number 4

By Liza Trey, ALTA® Director of Meetings and Conferences

A Rocky Mountain resort, nestled in the foothills of Pike’s Peak, awaits ALTA®’s 1999 Annual Convention attendees. The Broadmoor is one of the premier resorts in the world; in addition to the splendor of its majestic mountain setting, it boasts time-honored traditions of outstanding service and extraordinary dedication to quality. To those who are planning to enjoy it for the first time, WELCOME. To those returning for yet another successful convention, the ALTA® Convention will be everything you remember, and more.

Convention activities will be launched on Wednesday evening, October 6, when the International Center is transformed into Colorado. Those attending will experience the sites, tastes, and sounds of this marvelous state. Colorado’s Winter Wonderland will be brought inside the Rocky Mountain Ballroom for the closing Banquet Saturday night, where show time entertainment will be presented, along with music for dancing cheek to cheek.

In addition to the informative General Sessions on Thursday and Saturday, a far-reaching array of Educational Sessions will be available on Friday, including topics such as E-commerce, changing technology in the county recorders’ offices, customer service, and life after the title industry. Saturday afternoon will feature agency management workshops which will include: Using the Media to Attract Customers, Attracting and Keeping Good Employees, and The Importance of Nonverbal Communication in Title Negotiations.

The latest in technology available to the title industry will be showcased through Convention exhibits and accompanying information sessions and other events featuring leading exhibitors.

Among the special attractions will be Friday’s companion/guest brunch at Cliff House at Pikes Peak. Appearing as a guest speaker during the brunch will be Dudley Shearburn, who will share her thoughts on how to "Get a Good Life."

Wolf Blitzer Featured

CNN Senior White House Correspondent, Wolf Blitzer accepted ALTA®’s invitation as Keynote Speaker for the General Session on Saturday, October 9. Blitzer has covered President Clinton since his election in November 1996. Previously, he served as CNN’s Military Affairs Correspondent at the Pentagon. Most notably, he was among the team of CNN reporters who won the prestigious GOLDEN ACE Award for their coverage of the Gulf War. Don’t miss this session to hear this well respected journalist’s view of the world today.

Other prominent guest speakers who have accepted speaking invitations are R.K. Arnold, president of MERS, and Marlin Fitzwater, who will be highlighting the Title Industry Political Action Committee luncheon as guest commentator on Thursday. Fitzwater served as press secretary to Presidents Reagan and Bush. Today he is an author, lecturer, and humorist whose presidential anecdotes, political analysis, and television commentary make him a world wide celebrity.

Tours Widen Horizons

For an even wider perspective, take a tour! For more information on the tours, consult the preliminary program or call ALTA®’s Meetings Department at 1-800-787-ALTA.

Miners to Millionaires City Tour. A motor coach tour of city highlights. (Departs 1:00 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday.)

Colorado Rockies Jeep Tour. Get up close and personal with the Colorado Rockies in a open-sided jeep. (Departs 9:00 a.m., Wednesday.)

Hot Air Ballooning. Come get your Rocky Mountain high! Take the ultra-quiet ride through scenic Colorado Springs. (Departs 5:30 a.m., Thursday.)

Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Take an unforgettable trip to the 14,110 foot summit of Pikes Peak. Sit back, relax, and take in the splendors of Colorado. (Departs 12:30 p.m., Friday.)

Soaring. Discover the freedom and fascinations of the finest form of flight. You and a pilot will be towed a few thousand feet above the ground, then released to enjoy the beauty and quiet of motorless flight. (Departs 9:00 a.m., Saturday.)

United States Air Force Academy & Garden of the Gods Tours. At the Academy, you will visit the famous Cadets Chapel, Visitor’s Center, and an authentic B-52 from a tour in Vietnam. After the Academy, you’ll travel to the Garden of the Gods, one of the most scenic areas in all of Colorado. (Departs 12:30 p.m., Saturday.)

The Broadmoor -- Reservations

Hotel accommodations may be reserved by calling the Broadmoor at 1-800-634-7711, and identifying yourself as an ALTA® Annual Convention attendee. Rates are between $205 for a Traditional Room and up to $295 for a Premier Room, plus 8.1% tax, plus a daily service fee of $10 for single occupancy and $12.50 for double occupancy. The hotel cutoff date is September 3, 1999; a timely response is advised since the available room block is expected to sell out.

Convention registration fees have been set at $460 for members and $240 for companions and guests. ALTA® members may call the Association meetings department toll free at 1-800-787-ALTA for updates, and to request registration forms.

Delta Air Lines (1-800-241-6760) and American Airlines (1-800-433-1790) have been designated as official carriers for the Convention, and may be contacted regarding discounted fares. For Delta, please refer to star file #120411A; for American, star file #S11569. Seats are limited, and certain restrictions may apply.

Convention Schedule

Monday, October 4

3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Registration

Tuesday, October 5

8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Registration

9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Membership/Recruitment & Retention Committee Meeting

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Title Insurance Forms Committee Meeting

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Public Relations Committee Meeting

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Education Committee Meeting

Noon-5:00 p.m.

Land Title Systems Committee Meeting

1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Miners to Millionaires City Tour (off-site tour)

2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Government Affairs Committee Meeting

Wednesday, October 6

8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Convention Registration

9:00 a.m.-Noon

Abstracters & Title Insurance Agents Section Executive Committee Meeting

9:00 a.m.-Noon

Underwriter Section Executive Committee Meeting

9:00 a.m.-Noon

Title Insurance Forms Committee Meeting

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Colorado Rockies Jeep Tour (off-site tour)

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Lender Counsel Meeting

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Life Counsel Meeting

11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Affiliated Title Association Officer-Executive Brunch Session and Seminar

Noon-3:00 p.m.

Indian Land Claims Committee Meeting

1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Miners to Millionaires City Tour (off-site tour)

1:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

ALTA® Board of Governors Meeting

5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

First Time Convention Attendee Mixer

6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Ice-Breaker Reception

Thursday, October 7

5:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Hot Air Ballooning (off-site tour)

7:30 a.m.-8:15 a.m.

TIPAC Board of Trustees Meeting & Breakfast

7:30 a.m.-8:15 a.m.

International Development Committee Meeting

8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Exhibits Open/Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Convention Registration

8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

General Session

11:30 a.m.-Noon

Title Insurance Abstracters/Agents Section Meeting

11:30 a.m.-Noon

Title Insurance Underwriters Section Meeting

Noon-1:15 p.m.

Buffet Lunch in Exhibit Hall

12:15 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

TIPAC Luncheon

12:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Pikes Peak Cog Railway (off-site tour)

2:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m.

Exhibitor Information Sessions

2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

TIAC Board & Shareholders Meeting

2:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Educational Sessions

Friday, October 8

7:00 a.m.-8:15 a.m.

SLRAC Meeting

7:00 a.m.-8:15 a.m.

Abstracter/Agent Research Subcommittee Breakfast

8:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Exhibits Open/Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Registration

8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.

Educational Sessions

9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Companion/Guest Event

10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Educational Sessions

Noon-1:15 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Lunch

11:45 p.m.

Golf Tournament

1:00 p.m.

Tennis Tournament

Saturday, October 9

8:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Registration

8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Exhibits Open/Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

General Session

9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Soaring (off-site tour)

11:45 a.m.-Noon

Executive Session

Noon-1:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Lunch

12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Air Force Academy/Gardens of the Gods (off-site tour)

1:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m.

Educational Sessions

6:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m

Reception

7:15 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

Annual Banquet



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