Friday, June 8, 2018

Keynote Address

Bitcoin, Blockchain, and 2050 - Kevin T. Pogoda, Esq., VCTE, VCTSA

What is Blockchain, and why does it matter to the land title industry? While the blockchain can do little to influence local legislators’ sales restrictions, it will have a great impact on the financial verification element of the sales process itself. By using a blockchain distributed database to prove authenticity, homeowners could legitimately transfer ownership immediately without the need to pay for third-party verification.

Join Kevin Pogoda for a riveting session on the future of the land title industry. Kevin is a Past President of the Virginia Land Title Association, and Vice President and Virginia State Manager for Old Republic National Title Insurance Company.

1031 Tax Exchanges - Katherine Pantelakis, Esq.

Also known as a tax-deferred exchange, the 1031 tax exchange allows the taxpayer to qualify for deferred gain treatment under certain circumstances. Learn tips and tricks for handling the 1031 exchange as a real estate settlement agent.

Kassie is the Senior Vice President and National Sales Manager for Old Republic Exchange Company (ORE) and has held that role for the past 11 years. Earlier Kassie is a graduate of The Ohio Northern School of Law, and received her undergraduate degree from Baldwin-Wallace College.

ALTA: Legislative Update & State of the Association - Patrick Beall

Review national legislation and regulations affecting the land title industry, and stay up-to-date on national trends and ALTA news. This session is sure to keep you informed!

Pat Beall serves as Group President, with responsibility for agency operations and Stewart's mortgage service offerings. In this role, he oversees a diverse range of Stewart's business areas, including independent title agency network of Trusted Providers in the U.S.; technology sales for the agency network; Stewart Lender Services, and its offerings for loan originators, servicers and related providers; and Stewart Vacation Ownership.

Most recently, Beall served as Executive Vice President, Senior Director of agency operations. Previously, he was the south central states District Manager for agency operations, with direct and indirect responsibility for Stewart's independent agency network in 22 states. His extensive experience includes title insurance, underwriting and real estate tax services.

A Stewart associate since 1986, Beall has also served as president of two affiliated entities, Professional Real Estate Tax Service and Baca Landata.

Beall is a member of the American Land Title Association's (ALTA) Board of Governors. He serves on the association's Title Insurance Underwriter's Section Executive Committee. He's also a member of the Texas Land Title Association (TLTA) and its Finance Committee. Beall previously served on the Oklahoma Land Title Association's board of directors. He attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

Ethics for the Land Title Industry - John Micciche

It is the responsibility of the settlement officer to conduct the closing in an legal, moral and ethical manner, in compliance with the  Contract, the lender’s instructions and RESPA, the rules and regulations established by the Department of Housing and Urban  Development (HUD) that govern the settlement process, as well as any State and local laws. This session will review potential pitfalls, and how to avoid unethical practices in the land title industry.

Throughout his career, John Micciche has served title agents throughout Maryland as an agency representative, an area manager and a regional manager for various major underwriters. He has also served in an auditing capacity and has provided guidance on state and RESPA compliance issues, including the formation of corporate entities, as well as affiliated business arrangements. Micciche serves as a resource for WFG National Title agents as well as growing the company’s agent network in the region. John currently serves as Vice President and Regional Manager for WFG National Title Insurance Company in the Chesapeake Region.

BONUS! Advanced Marketing Concepts in 2018 - Robert Reich

This session will review old marketing and advertising strategies, and unveil new strategies for the sales rep and escrow officer to win business. We'll cover digital and in-person marketing techniques, and talk about how to grow your contacts and your business.

Robert Reich is the Founder and President of NextDeal, which began operations in 2001. Robert first created DigitalDocs in 2003, an innovative, first of its kind product to provide groundbreaking automated marketing to the title industry. Today NextDeal provides settlement agencies with innovative and unique technologies and services, and is the only company of its kind to partner with closing agents to increase their order count and add new customers. With over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, Robert began his career as an account executive and now regularly consults to title agencies all over the country on sales and marketing. With his background and knowledge of sales excellence, Robert is frequently a presenter at software, underwriter and title association conferences presenting actionable concepts to improve marketing and increase sales results. Robert has previously presented at the RamQuest Annual User’s Conference; The Ohio Land Title Association Spring Conference; Fidelity National Financial, North American Title and WFG’s Annual Conferences; The American Land Title Association Events and other various underwriter conferences. Robert’s regular podcast, U Heard Me! ( has been heard by thousands in the title industry as he interviews today’s experts on everything from regulation to technology and sales excellence.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Riparian Rights - J. James Basgier

From vocabulary to pitfalls, review riparian rights, and test your knowledge on real cases encountered in Virginia.

Jim is a specialist in real property research and title liens. He is a Virginia Certified Title Examiner and an active member of VLTA.

Estates & Course of Descent - Robert Brooks, Esq.

Review the proper procedure for documenting records related to estates and course of descent. This session will cover previous and current iterations of the course of descent.

Rob is an attorney in Middlesex County, Virginia, and an active member of the Virginia Land Title Association.

Quantum Teleportation and the Case of the Missing and Not-Missing Toilets: How Mom and Dad Got Me Here Today-The Good News About Bankruptcy - C. Jay Robbins

Learn about Bankruptcy with C. Jay Robbins.

C. Jay Robbins is an active member of the Virginia Land Title Association.

State and Federal Settlement Law - Michael Holden & Kay Creasman, Esq.

This session will review laws relevant to Virginia Settlement Agents as well as Federal laws pertaining to real estate closings. Brush up your understanding of everything from RESPA to FIRPTA, and remain compliant with proper settlement practices.

Kay M. Creasman, Assistant Vice President & Counsel for Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, has worked in real estate in Virginia since 1976 as a title examiner, independent attorney, owner of a non-attorney title & settlement company, and counsel for national title underwriters. She has been actively involved with VLTA since 1994 serving at various times on the Board, Education & Legislative Committees, including being a Past President and Committee Chairperson. In addition, she is an Area Representative for the Real Estate Section of the Virginia State Bar and a frequent speaker on real estate issues in Virginia.

Michael is Vice President and Strategic Agency Manager for North American Title Insurance Company. With over 28 years of personal experience in title insurance company management, underwriting, and marketing, Michael was named one of October Research’s “Top 40 under 40” in 2007. Michael is a member of the Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and American Land Title Associations.

Title Talk Workshop - Connie Fuksa

In this 2-hour presentation, we'll review consumer education strategies for title settlement agents. We'll cover how to break down complicated topics into simple descriptions, covering essential consumer information. Learn how to explain the title search, the commitment, the title policy, powers of attorney, estates, trusts, different types of ownership, easements & rights of way, cemetery issues, shared driveways, and more. Learn how to organize terms, speak consistently, speak to your audience, and share information on a successful schedule. Consumer education is our responsibility - let's do it well!

Connie is spreading the word about consumer education! As the head of her own title company for 30 years, Connie knows the challenges of the industry and sees its opportunity. Connie is pioneering a new way of doing business - empowering you, your staff, and consumers along the way.