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105th OLTA Annual Convention


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OLTA 2012 Annual Convention Registration

9/9/2012 to 9/11/2012

When: Sunday, September 9 - 11, 2012
Where: Westin Great Southern Downtown Columbus
310 S High St
Columbus, Ohio  43215
Ohio Land Title Association



Registration for Members-$299, Honorary Life Members-Free, Non-Members-$385. Registration prices increase after August 24, 2012.

On-site registration will be different pricing-please refer to the registration form for details.

If you do not wish to register on-line, you may download the registration brochure and mail or fax in registration with your payment.

Sponsorship/Exhibit Opportunities

OLTA offers multiple sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities at the Annual Convention. View all of the sponsorship opportunities or contact Amber Fosler - for additional information.


The Ohio Land Title Association has reserved a block of rooms at the Westin Columbus in Columbus, Ohio. Please contact the hotel directly to make your reservation at (614) 228-3800. To receive the convention rate of $109 + tax per night, you must reference Ohio Land Title Association when you make the reservation. The hotel will honor the rate until August 10, 2012. Overnight guests at the hotel will receive complimentary parking though hotel parking is limited. Guests visiting for the day should see the OLTA staff at the registration desk for a parking voucher.

Westin Columbus - 310 S High St, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Schedule of Events/Course Descriptions

Sunday, September 9, 2012

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm - Registration Open

  3:30 pm – 5:30 pm - Committee Meetings

  6:15 pm – 7:00 pm - OLTAPAC Reception
We invite everyone to attend the OLTAPAC Reception to support the Ohio title industry’s Political Action Committee and its advocacy efforts. The suggested donation is $30, made by personal check or credit card to OLTAPAC.

  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm - OLTA Welcome Dinner
OLTA welcomes you to Columbus for the 103rd Annual Convention. Relax with your industry colleagues for a casual evening of dinner and entertainment.

Monday, September 10, 2012

7:00 am – 5:00 pm- Registration Open

7:30 am – 8:15 am - Continental Breakfast

7:30 am – 5:00 pm - Exhibits Open

CE Session 1 (Morning) – 3.0 Title and Legal Credits

8:15 am – 8:30 am - Introductions

8:30 am – 9:30 am
CFPB Update
Alison Gareffa, Old Republic Title Insurance Company and Mary Shuster, op2
Learn about the new RESPA changes resulting from the passage of the Dodd-Frank bill and the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) which regulates all consumer credit financing including mortgage loans. Specifically, this session will review the CFPB’s proposed rule and forms published for comment on July 21.

9:30 am – 9:45 am - OLTA Business Meeting

9:45 am – 10:00 am - Break, Sponsored by SoftPro

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Faces of Fraud: Embezzlement, Cyber Crime and Check Fraud

Greg Lister, SAFEChecks

Greg Litster, president of SAFEChecks addresses the most prevalent forms of payment fraud and cyber threats facing the title insurance industry. These include check fraud, cyber crime and embezzlement. The seminar covers how the scams are perpetrated and the best defenses against the scams, with a focus on prevention. Liability under the UCC and actual legal cases are also discussed.

12:00 pm - Golf Outing
Anyone interested in golfing Monday afternoon may contact David Freeburg at or 216-622-0850.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm - Lunch

CE Session 2 (Afternoon) – 3.75 Title Hours, 1.0 Ethics Hour, 3.5 Legal Hours

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Ethical Considerations, Conflicts and The Escrow, Closing and Title Agent’s Duty to Disclose
Don McFadden, McFadden & Freeburg (1.0 ethics hour available if requested)
Escrow, closing and title agents have ethical and legal duties; but, what are the agent’s duties to disclose defects in title, effects of closing documents, bad bargains, frauds, flips, and other schemes? Do attorneys representing a client and, acting as an escrow agent or owning an escrow agency serving the client have additional duties? What are the sources of these disclosure duties? These questions and more will be addressed.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Defalcation Panel Discussion: Ramifications of Being Unethical
David Barney, Ohio Department of Insurance, Jon Coughlan, Supreme Court of Ohio and Don McFadden, McFadden & Freeburg
A panel consisting of the Disciplinary Counsel for the Supreme Court of Ohio, the Chief of the Enforcement Division of the Ohio Department of Insurance, and an attorney who has represented underwriters as clients in defalcation matters will speak on the civil and criminal ramifications of a title agent failing to act ethically and being involved in a defalcation.

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm - Break

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Understanding the Pitfalls of Title Agent Professional Liability
Glenn Clark, Fox Point Programs, Inc. and Thomas Wilson, Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP
The title and escrow industry is a unique and confusing business. Because of misconceptions, problems in transactions, errors in public records, and other issues, a title and escrow may be found as a defendant in a lawsuit. The defense of any litigation is time consuming and expensive. Title and escrow companies, together with attorneys need to understand the unique situations. The title company must understand the litigation process and be actively involved in its defense. They will need to help their attorney understand the operation, practices and procedures employed by the title company.

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm - Break

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

ALTA Update
Rob Chapman, Old Republic National Title Insurance Co.

Listen to an update on the latest with the American Land Title Association and its federal advocacy efforts including an update on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its draft disclosure forms.

4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Title Court
Rick Rennell, Esq., Roccina Niehaus, Wood and Lamping, LLP and Sue Biddlee-Jewell, All Points Title & Closing, Inc.

You have heard of "People's Court" and "Judge Judy." Now, back by popular demand, you can watch as your colleagues show off their acting prowess as they act out title cases in front of OLTA's own "Judge.” You will be asked to decide the case by audience vote and then will hear the judge render a decision based on Ohio law.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm - Past Presidents Reception (By Invitation)
The OLTA Past Presidents invite the past Honorary Life Member Award and Meritorious Award recipients to a reception to honor their service to the Association and to Ohio’s title industry.

6:30 pm – 7:15 pm - Inaugural Reception,Sponsored by North American Title Insurance Company
Join us in the Westin Lobby for the Inaugural Banquet Reception.

7:15 pm - 10:00 pm
103rdAnnual Convention Inaugural Banquet, Sponsored by the OLTA Underwriter Members
The black-tie optional banquet will include the installation of the 2012 Ohio Land Title Association Officers and Board of Trustees including the installation of Sam Shellhaas as OLTA’s 90th President. The banquet will conclude with a presentation of awards.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

7:00 am – 12:00 pm - Registration Open

7:30 am –   8:15 am- Continental Breakfast

CE Session 3 – 3.25 Title Credits, 3.0 Legal Credits

8:15 am – 8:30 am - Introductions

8:30 am – 9:30 am
Newly Approved Endorsements for Ohio in 2012

Sean Harley, Westcor Land Title Insurance Co.

This course will cover the endorsement forms and rates approved for use in Ohio in 2012. Included in the discussion will be common transactional situations in which such endorsements may be used as well as underwriting considerations for issuance of such coverages.

9:30 am – 10:15 am
Oil and Gas Case Law Update
Russell Kutell, Frost Brown Todd
OLTA Education Committee Chairperson Russell J. Kutell presents a case law update concerning recent Ohio oil and gas issues. Issues such as the possible abandonment of oil and gas leases, the validity of these leases, whether these leases have been breached and the scope of these leases will be discussed.

10:15 am – 10:30 am - Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Finding the Right Path: Strategies for Change in the Title Industry in a Digital Age
Chris Hanson and Roger Lubeck, Corporate Behavior Analysts, Ltd.
Hanson and Lubeck address the importance of change in the current market environment. The session leaders will present a series of practical changes title companies can make today as they move into the next decade. As a part of the session, the leaders will examine the levels of change possible in a title industry business from changes in workflow and productivity, sales and marketing, leadership and management, to large scale strategic change. Finally, participants will be challenged to consider how their companies can prepare for the next wave of technology and the next generation of consumers.

12:00 pm– 12:05 pm - Closing Remarks/Adjournment

Continuing Education

This program is being submitted to the Ohio Department of Insurance for 10.0 CIE general title credit hours with up to 1.0 ethics hour. We have applied for 10.0 CLE credit hours from the Ohio Supreme Court.  Those attending the event in its entirety will be able to request 10.0 CLE hours.  Those attending partial sessions may earn up to 9.5 CLE hours.  We have also applied for 10.0 hours from the Kentucky Bar Association. The course level is intermediate. The experience and qualifications of the instructors is available upon request.

To receive continuing insurance education (CIE) credit, you must do the following for each session (an exam is not required to receive credit)

    1. Sign the attendance roster before the session;
    2. Attend the session in its entirety;
    3. Complete & sign the request for CIE credits; and
    4. Turn in the request for CIE credits at the end of the session.

Partial CIE credit can be given to attendees of this seminar. The credit must be rounded down to half hour increments.

OLTA will only accept National Producer Numbers (NPN) for Continuing Insurance Education credit. We cannot accept social security numbers or license numbers. To find your NPN, visit and select Ohio from the state drop down menu.

Requirements for Continuing Legal Education credit have not changed. You are still required to provide your Attorney Registration Number to receive credit.



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