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November/December 1999 - Volume 78, Number 6

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Features

Bank Powers Bill: In the Home Stretch By Ann Vom Eigen
As the David vs. Goliath saga of the title insurance industry’s battle against the bank powers issue comes to a close, Ann Vom Eigen lists the likely outcomes and what they mean for title companies around the country.
Presidential Profile: Charles H. Foster, Jr.  
ALTA®’s incoming president, Charlie Foster, is a hands-on leader facing a host of vital industry issues. Get to know him better through this profile that gives some interesting details about his thoughts on the future, as well as some background about the man who is a driving force at LandAmerica.
"Under the Land . . ." A Millennium Retrospective By Roger Bell and Donald Kennedy
Join Roger Bell of Security Title and Donald Kennedy of First American as they share a glimpse of the title industry’s roots through their inter-generational experiences; even better, find out why the values of the industry’s past may be its best hope for a viable future.
Case Study: Successful Crisis Control at TICOR Title By Cindy Vitelli and Terry Little
What do you do when you’re hit with an operational one-two punch? Ticor Title in Miami worked their crisis plan and then some, when natural disasters and computer failures threatened their survival. Will your crisis plan hold up?
Abstracter/Agent Compensation Survey By Mark Bilbrey and Richard McCarthy
The 1999 efforts of the ALTA® Research Committee have produced this survey report detailing how title insurance companies compensate all levels of employees. Is your company offering total compensation packages that put you in a competitive position when it comes to recruitment and retention of quality employees? This survey report can help you decide just what kind of footing you are really on and what you can do about it if you’re on shaky ground.
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