Texas Land Title Association Names 2012 Title Person of the Year

June 26, 2012

Celia Goode-Haddock, chairman of the board and CEO of University Title Co., was named Title Person of the Year at the Texas Land Title Association’s (TLTA) Annual Conference in Fort Worth on June 15. University Title is an ALTA member company.

The Title Person of the Year is the highest honor TLTA bestows. The recipient is chosen by the sitting TLTA president each year and is awarded at each Annual Conference.

“We are honored to present Celia with this prestigious award,” said Leslie Midgley, Executive Vice President and CEO of TLTA. “Celia has been a constant champion for our association and the title industry in Texas. The contributions she has made as part of our association leadership are too many to name and we are privileged to have her among our ranks.”

Goode-Haddock has been an active TLTA member for a number of years. She served on the TLTA board of directors in 1990, but was recently called back into duty for another term. She has also served on many TLTA Committees, including the Federal Issues Committee, Legislative Committee and Finance Committee.

"For the past 40 years of my life I have been blessed to work in the title insurance industry. My passion is to help people achieve their dream of property ownership,” Goode-Haddock said. “Over the years, I have developed many friendships locally and statewide because of my participation in this career. This is my life and what my children grew up knowing. For them to show up and surprise me was one of the best gifts I could receive.”

From a startup company of two employees in 1973, Goode-Haddock has handled all positions within the company. Under her leadership, University Title has grown to be the largest provider of title insurance in Brazos County. Employing over 55 employees, the company is recognized as one of the largest private business enterprises in the College Station/Bryan community and is well-known in the area as a business leader.

“Achieving this award is the high point of my title industry career,” Goode-Haddock said. “It was a complete surprise and I am overwhelmed. Those who have previously received this award are my heroes in the title insurance industry.”

Other notable past winners of the award include Celia Flowers (2010-11), who is a member of ALTA’s RESPA Task Force, Jack Rattikin III (2004-05), who is a past ALTA board member, and Jim Gosdin (1997-98), chair of ALTA’s Forms Committee.

Contact ALTA at 202-296-3671 or communications@alta.org.