Awards

volunteersVolunteer leaders are the mainstay of VLTA. Volunteers are its backbone.

Virginia Land Title Association values the time and expertise that our many volunteers offer the association. VLTA appreciates every committee member, board member and all our past leadership. It is the volunteers' guidance that shapes VLTA and the initiatives we take on. VLTA is and remains grateful to these committed industry professionals.

If you’re not involved, you’re missing an opportunity to enhance both your personal and professional “self”. The time has arrived that many of you should be considering giving back to a profession that has served you well. The value of networking with your peers is immeasurable. The opportunity to mentor or be mentored is priceless!

Each year, VLTA offers a Distinguished Service Award and the Volunteer of the Year Award. It’s our way of recognizing those volunteers that have “gone above and beyond” in the past year or to honor a long time friend and advocate of the association.

RonDonnRonald Donn Award

In honor of our past president, Ronald Donn (President 2006-2007), the Virginia Land Title Association Board of Directors has established a scholarship program for newly licensed title insurance agents and newly certified VCTEs who have a desire to improve their skills and increase their knowledge as land title professionals. Ronald Donn was passionate about industry education, and worked to include new professionals in the Convention experience. The scholarship covers full convention registration (lodging accommodations not included). VLTA encourages all who qualify to apply for the award.

Apply for the 2017 Ronald Donn Award online - click here.

Criteria

Applicants for the Ronald Donn Award must demonstrate the following:

  • Status as a Licensed Title Insurance Agent or VCTE, preference to newly licensed or certified professionals (within past 24 months)
  • Membership in good standing with the Virginia Land Title Association – individual or company membership
  • Commitment to attend all educational sessions offered at Convention, both Friday & Saturday
  • Willingness to report on your experiences at Convention for a brief article in the VLTA Examiner Magazine.

The award application is available online and takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. Applications are due by April 1st. The winner will be announced by April 15th. Winners will be chosen based on their answers to the application questions, their adherence to the selection criteria, and their demonstration of enthusiasm for continuing education.

volunteer2Volunteer of the Year Award

This award honors a volunteer who has provided extraordinary service over the past year (July - June). The volunteer can work in any capacity of VLTA - events, education, public relations, legislative, Examiner, membership committees, etc., in addition to those who work behind the scenes (not necessarily serving on a committee). Each year, the Board of Directors will consider quality, character, and length of service and uniqueness of circumstances when choosing the recipient. The Volunteer of the Year recipient will receive a beautifully engraved plaque and FREE registration to convention.

Email vlta@vlta.org to nominate a Volunteer of the Year.

Distinguished Service Award

Kevin Pogoda RCDSAThe Virginia Land Title Association has been continually impressed and grateful for all those members in the years gone by that have volunteered above and beyond their services to VLTA. Those members who have contributed their time, passion, and expertise to the association have been the life blood of VLTA. Beginning in 2005, VLTA has honored an individual member of the association who has made significant contributions to, and has made an impact on, the success of our association annually. Recipients are nominated by the President and 1st Vice President and submitted to the Board of Directors for approval.

Congratulations to Kevin Pogoda of Old Republic Title, our 2017 Distinguished Service Award recipient! 

Email vlta@vlta.org to nominate a Distinguished Service Award recipient.

Past Recipients

Volunteer of the Year Year   Distinguished Service Award Year   Ronald Donn Scholarship Year
               
E. Claire Kennett 2010   Carol Butler 2005   Liz Kestler 2008
Megan Meloon 2011   William Page Johnston 2006   Raynelle Ricks 2009
Deborah Allen 2012   Sterling H. Moore 2007   Milika Hobbs 2012
Terri Stitzer 2013   William Amrhein 2008   Susan Johnson 2014
Tracy Milanese 2014   Alaine B. Donovan 2009   none 2015
Sonia Kuppert 2015    Kay Creasman 2010   Chris Armstrong 2016
Frank Butler 2016   Dave Croson 2012   Michelle Kaila 2017
Stephanie Campbell 2017   Julie Rutledge 2014      
     

Ronald Critzer

2015

     
     

James Windsor, Esq.

2016

     
      Kevin Pogoda, Esq.

2017