2021 Convention Speakers & Sessions


The 2021 VLTA Annual Convention will offer six courses during the two-day period with an additional three courses available as a self-study format. 

Courses available during the two-day virtual convention. 
 

 

 

TIM HOOPER

KEYNOTE: Building a Culture That Brings Out The Best In People

The organizations that survive and thrive through changing times are those with an emphasis on culture! Every-member culture – where each one takes ownership in and responsibility to creating, changing and influencing it! While a global pandemic, refi-boom, and “new-norms” may have changed the landscape of our workplaces, spaces & team dynamics a bit, some things stay the same. Things like the basic human need to feel valued and appreciated; opportunities to care for each other; listening, understanding and empathizing; and believing the best is yet to come! In this 30-minute keynote, Tim shares his heart on 6 ways to build a culture that truly brings out the best in our team and attracts the employees of the future!

 

 

 

 

ALLEN BRISTOW

Title Examination and Reviewing the Title Abstract

Session description to be posted soon.

 

 

 

 

SHARON HORSTKAMP

The Role of MERS System & The MERS eRegistry in the Mortgage Industry's Evolution of Moving from Paper to eMortgages

This session will provide an overview of the role Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS) as the mortgagee of record, the MERS System and the legal framework for the validity of eNotes and the MERS® eRegistry, the system of record used to register eNotes. For more detail, click here.

 

 

 

   

SHARON D. NELSON, ESQ. & JOHN W. SIMEK

Cybersecurity Tips for Professionals

All businesses are anxious to keep their data confidential. Too often, information security is not prioritized by businesses. It costs money to protect data: Frequently entities resist budgeting for security, even though an ounce of prevention is far less expensive than a pound of cure. Investigating and remediating data breaches is hideously expensive, not to mention the necessity of complying with state data breach notification laws. But there are a host of free and budget friendly tips...which we will discuss in this session.

 

 

 

KEVIN T. POGODA, ESQ.

 20 Questions (Second Edition)

Test your knowledge of title and settlement matters with this engaging program presented in a question and answer format. Kevin will present twenty questions related to real title and settlement industry issues and how to best handle each.

 

 

 

   

STEWART J. "SKIP" SACKS

Commercial Underwriting Tips & Traps for Both Beginners and Veterans

This seminar is designed to assist beginners as well as more experienced agents in underwriting commercial transactions.
We will discuss key ways in which commercial and residential transactions differ, help beginners identify critical issues and give experienced practitioners tips for obtaining underwriter approval.

 

 

 

 

MICHELLE L. STATZ

Hindsight Is 20/20: Claims Arising From Title Underwriting

This seminar will discuss title insurance claims, including historical and recent claims trends, and how the current economic atmosphere relates to our industry. Specific topics will include the most common claims issues and examples of each, as well as practice tips for examiners, underwriters, settlement agents and attorneys.

 

 

 
 

Courses below will be available on-demand only.

 

 

VANESSA S. CARTER

CARE-ful Foreclosures in a Time of COVID

This semiar is a quick overview of recent changes in Virginia foreclosure law as well as a rundown on the non-judicial foreclosure process. The presenter will provide helpful tips for attorneys and title agents. 

 

 

 

 

MARK A. HEACOCK, ESQ.

Virginia Entities: Corporations, Trusts, Series LLCs and More

This session provides a survey of, and underwriting considerations for the most commonly seen entities in Virginia real estate transactions with a special focus on the new "Series Limited Liability Company".

 

 

 

 

LELIA WINGET-HERNANDEZ

How Wills, Interstate and Trusts Effect Title

Session description to be posted soon.