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9/12/2018 to 9/14/2018
When: September 12-14, 2018
Where: Marriott Columbus University Area
3100 Olentangy River Rd
Columbus, Ohio  43202
United States
Contact: Ohio Land Title Association
888-292-6582 (Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm est)

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109th Annual Convention
Marriott Columbus University Area
Columbus, Ohio

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm 
Ohio OLTAPAC Stadium Tour
Ever wanted to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Ohio Stadium?
OLTA will host an OLTAPAC tour prior to the kickoff of Convention. March down the same tunnel as the OSU Marching Band, walk through the press box and learn the history of this landmark that opened in 1922. Suggested donation to OLTAPAC for this exclusive is $100.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Opening Reception at the Jack Nicklaus Museum
The OLTA Annual Convention opening evening reception will be held at the Jack Nicklaus Museum on the campus of the Ohio State University. At this 12,000 square-foot educational and historical facility, you will encounter the history of golf and its greatest practitioner…take an immersive journey through Jack's brilliant career including trophies, photographs and various mementos from his unparalleled 18 major championships and 100 worldwide professional victories. Join your industry colleagues for drinks and appetizers and discover the many facets of this remarkable man who added so much to the history of golf. Shuttles will run continuously from our host hotel, the Marriott Columbus Campus Area, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Registration Open

7:45 am – 8:45 am   
Continental Breakfast

7:45 am – 5:00 pm
Exhibits Open

8:45 am – 9:00 am
Introductions and OLTA Strategic Direction
Kickoff the 109th Annual Convention and learn more about the strategic direction of OLTA – from the expansion of its online continuing education offerings to the recently announced OLTA Academy to train your new employees. 

9:00 am – 10:00 am 
Is Your Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty? Turning Negativity into Positivity    
Tim Connor, Keynote Speaker
During this session, Tim discusses the impact of negative attitudes, mindsets, and beliefs on an organization’s performance, growth, and ultimate success. Every organization has individuals and even entire departments who, from time to time, behave in a negative way. Unfortunately, this behavior can be contagious, affecting other employees, customers, and the reputation of the organization in the marketplace. Tim shares several proven and time-tested approaches to changing these attitudes from half-empty to half-full.

10:00 am – 10:15 am

10:15 am – 10:45 am
OLTA Business Meeting
OLTA President Russ Kutell will present his State of the Industry Address, the President’s Award and members will vote on the 2019 slate of Board candidates.

10:45 am – 11:45 am
The Path Forward: ALTA’s Strategic Priorities to Advance the Industry
Dan Mennenoh, ALTA Immediate Past President
ALTA leadership constantly contemplates the challenges and opportunities that exist in the land title and settlement industry. ALTA Board Member Dan Mennenoh will discuss the strategic priorities ALTA focuses on to help ensure the industry thrives in a dynamic business and regulatory environment.

11:45 am – 12:45 pm

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm
The Fundamentals of Blockchain Technology and Its Potential Application to the Land Title Industry
John Wagster, Frost Brown Todd
We have all seen the headlines declaring blockchain technology as the next big thing.  This session will provide a high-level description of the transformative technology, how it works, its strengths and weaknesses, and its applicability to real estate transactions and the land title industry.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Fraud Panel – Elder Fraud, Real Estate Transactional Fraud
Stephen Gregory, WFG National Title Insurance Co. and David Van Slyke, Plunkett Cooney
Cyber fraud has been the “hot-button” topic recently, addressed by underwriters, lecturers, and continuing education courses.  However, there are still other types of fraud which nonetheless victimize title agents, consumers and insurers.  The panel, via case studies and other examples, will focus on impersonation, misrepresentation, and misappropriation of funds that have impacted real estate transactions throughout the country. In addition, the panel will provide tricks of the trade to assist in avoiding significant monetary and reputation losses that can occur when parties and non-parties engage in fraud.

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Paul DePascale, First American Title Insurance Co.
This presentation will examine several topics related to the commercial real estate transaction, including interests commonly insured, what to do when the survey comes in, how to approach construction pre-starts and selected endorsements of a sophisticated nature.

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
Swearing in of New Officers
Join ALTA Past President Dan Mennenoh as he swears in the new Officers and Trustees to the OLTA Board.

OLTA Legislative Update
Mark Bennett, Ohio Land Title Association, Chad Hawley and Troy Judy, The Batchelder Group
Hear from OLTA’s lobbying team and executive director about the status of bills from the current Ohio General Assembly which will have an effect on the title industry, including abolition of dower and electronic notarization. Learn about the impact the fall elections will have on Ohio’s business environment as well as an update on OLTA’s Political Action Committee.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Past Presidents & Honorary Life Member 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 – 7:00 pm
President's Reception
All Convention attendees are welcome to network with their industry colleagues for the President's Reception.

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
109th Annual Convention Dinner & Karaoke Contest
Sponsored by the OLTA Underwriter Members
Get ready for an evening enjoying great food and drinks, great company and fun sponsored by OLTA’s Member Underwriters. This casual-dress event will be an opportunity for you to network with industry peers, sample multiple food stations and sing your favorite tunes during OLTA’s Karaoke Contest. Organize and coordinate your karaoke team now, whether it's your co-workers or friends in the industry. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded for the best vocalists, attire and entertaining act!

Friday, September 14, 2018

7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Registration Open

7:45 am – 8:30 am    
Continental Breakfast

7:45 am – 8:30 am    
OLTAPAC Breakfast
We invite all members to hear an update on the upcoming election both from the federal and state level while supporting OLTA's Political Action Committee. Suggested donation is $50 made by personal check or credit card to OLTAPAC. Those who have contributed to OLTAPAC in 2018 will receive a pin which will serve as their ticket to the breakfast.

8:30 am – 8:45 am
Join your new OLTA President Stan Hunter as he addresses the membership. Additionally, the distinguished Honorary Life Membership Award will be presented.

8:45 am – 9:45 am
The Power of Passion
Jamie Richardson, Vice President, White Castle
Jamie Richardson of White Castle will talk about the “Power of Passion” and how a commitment to putting people first has empowered White Castle to remain a vibrant player in the competitive fast food industry.  Hear firsthand how this family owned business remains focused on satisfying customer cravings and how you can apply great customer service to your company.

9:45 am – 10:45 am
Ohio Title Insurance Agent Ethics
Danielle Kaiser, North American Title Insurance Company
This course will explore the principles of ethics as applied to the real estate market. We will review federal and state laws as well as industry practices and best practices for your organization. We will also review the effects of unethical behavior and the red flags to watch out for. Finally, we will discuss case studies and how to build an ethical organization.

10:45 am – 11:00 am

11:00 am – Noon
State of the Industry Update – A CFPB and TRID Update
Leslie Wyatt, SoftPro
Leslie Wyatt will provide a state update on the status of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, its enforcement actions and current interpretations. She'll also discuss the future of Dodd Frank reform and repeal, the future of BCFP and the impact of the new administration.  In addition, she will talk about the TRID Improvement Act.

Closing Remarks/Adjournment

Continuing Education

  • We have applied for 8.0 general CLE credit hours from the Supreme Court of Ohio.
  • We have applied for 8.0 CLE credit hours from the Kentucky Bar Association.
  • We have applied for 7.0 title CIE and 1.0 ethics CIE credit hour.  The course level is intermediate.
  • The experience and qualifications of the instructors 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 Sign the attendance roster before the session;
  4. Attend the session in its entirety;
  5. Complete & sign the request for CIE credits; and 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

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

General Information
Please register only one person and one guest per registration form.  Name badges will be required for admittance to all events.  Registration by fax will be accepted if paid with a credit card.  To register online, please visit

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

The Ohio Land Title Association has reserved a block of rooms at the Marriott Columbus University Area.  Please contact the hotel directly to make your reservation at 1-844-200-1026.  To receive the convention rate of $149 + tax per night, you must reference the “Ohio Land Title Association Annual Conference 2018” when you make the reservation or Book Online.  The hotel will honor the rate until August 22, 2018.  OLTA guests can enjoy free self-parking.

Marriott Columbus University Area
3100 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH  43202
Booking Link:

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received by noon, August 31, 2018 will be refunded, less a $30.00 fee. After that date, those not attending will receive any seminar materials in full consideration of fees paid. Substitutions of participants are permitted. Registrations will be limited to available space.

Services for Physically Challenged Individual
The Ohio Land Title Association takes reasonable steps to ensure no individual who is physically challenged is discriminated against because of the absence of auxiliary aids and services. If special arrangements or diet are required for an individual to participate in this program, please contact us in advance at 888-292-6582 or


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