2018 Spring Education Seminar

April 18, 2018 – MLTA Spring Education – Grand Rapids DoubleTree
May 16, 2018 – MLTA Spring Education – Livonia Marriott

DoubleTree Grand Rapids
4747 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
$112 per night

Livonia Marriott
17100 Laurel Park Drive, Livonia, MI  48152
$159 per night

Thank you to our 2018 Spring Education Sponsor

Event Details

8:15 AM – 9:00 AM

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM
Opening Remarks
John Bommarito, President
General Counsel of ATA National Title Group

9:10 AM – 9:30 AM
Legislative Report
Cami Pendell, Michigan Legislative Consultants

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Endorsement Review – ALTA 31-33 Series
John Baumbick, Agency Rep/Underwriting Counsel, Westcor Land Title Ins. Co

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM
Marijuana, Money Laundering, Federal vs State Law
Phil Neuman, Couzens, Lansky, Fealk, Ellis, Roeder & Lazar, P.C.
Ruth Dillingham, Senior Underwriting Counsel VP, Corporate Underwriting, First American Title

11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
E – Migration and E-volution – Electronic Closing, Evolution on Electronic Process-closings, Notary, Adopting Forms

Moderator – John Bommarito, General Counsel of ATA National Title Group

Panel discussion:
David Kressel, Co-Founder/Finance and Operations from NotaryCAM (Grand Rapids), Rick Triola, Founder/CEO from NotaryCAM (Livonia)
Ruth Dillingham, Senior Underwriting Counsel VP, Corporate Underwriting, First American Title
Karl Trottnow, National County Account Manager, SIMPLIFILE

12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
FIRPTA Pitfalls, Compliance and Regulatory Reporting
Alex Kidd, VP and Director of Quality Assurance and Compliance, North American Title Insurance Company

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Managing Your Cybersecurity Risk: Recognizing and Combating the Threats
Jacob Koering – Principal Attorney, co-Leader of Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Team, Miller Canfield (Livonia)
Melanie Shield – Associate Attorney, Member of the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Team, Miller Canfield (Grand Rapids and Livonia)

Speaker Bios

Alex Kidd Bio

David Kressel bio

John Baumbick bio

Karl Trottnow bio

Richard Triola bio

Ruth Dillingham bio

Phillip Neuman bio

Melanie Shield bio

Jacob Koering bio


4/17/18 – Membership Committee – 5:30 PM – Salon C
4/18/18 – Education Committee – 7:30 AM – Salon D
4/18/18 – Young Title Professionals – Noon – The Cove

5/16/18 – Abstractor Agents – 12:00 Noon Huron Room

Register Online >>

2018 Legislative Day

Wednesday, May 2nd
Boji Tower
1st Floor Conference Room
124 W. Allegan Street
Lansing, MI  48933

This year, make sure your voice is heard.  By registering for MLTA’s 2018 Legislative Day, you will have the opportunity to join with colleagues from across the state to lobby for changes of importance to our industry.  The Michigan Legislature has members who need to hear our concerns and know when issues pertinent to our industry arise, to call us; the Title Experts!

Event Details

8:45 AM          Registration – 1st Floor Conference Room, Boji Tower

9:00 AM          Legislative Update & Briefing – 1st Floor Conference Room, Boji Tower

10:00 AM        Legislative Meetings and Drop Bys

12:00 Noon     MLTA Legislative Luncheon – 1st Floor State Capitol

1:00 PM          Legislative Meetings and Drop Bys

Please be aware, your meetings and drop bys will be scheduled events.  If you are unable to attend, the MLTA office must know 24 hours prior so we are able to fill your meetings or cancel.  We will try not to schedule any meetings past 3:30 PM.

You will need to bring your picture ID for entrance to the legislative buildings.  If you do not have picture ID, you will not be allowed to enter.

Register Online >>

TitleBytes News & Happenings

GOING MOBILE (with apologies to The Who and ALTA InfoSec)

Apr 5, 2018

Mobile Device Security Tablets and smartphones have become the tools we use to enable our ever-increasing technology-laden personal and professional lives. These devices are mobile and very easy to use and give us the choice of countless numbers of apps to make us more available to communicate and productive. These devices and apps also open […]

Mineral Rights? Oh NO! (think Mr. Bill)

Apr 5, 2018

Geoff Pritchard, Chair of the MLTA Abstractor & Title Agents Committee One phrase that makes most Title Agents (and underwriters) cringe is the inclusion of oil, gas, and mineral rights to a property. This is because not every time mineral rights are transferred do they appear on public record. Most realtors are now requiring mineral […]

Take Your Business to the Next Level

Apr 5, 2018

The 2018 ALTA SPRINGBOARD “Take Your Business to the Next Level” was held on March 20-21 at the W Midtown Hotel in Atlanta, GA. Several MLTA members attended the SPRINGBOARD this year and not only enjoyed the conference but also walked away with some very valuable information. They were collectively contributors to this report. The […]

The Solution to Age-Old Post-Closing Problems? Title Companies Can Help!

Apr 5, 2018

By Michelle Wilsey, Regional Director, Simplifile Trailing or missing documents after closing are a problem seemingly as old as the mortgage industry itself. When documents go missing post closing, lenders pay in the form of regulatory penalties or investor “holdbacks,” and title companies are on the hook for tracking and re-mailing some of the most […]


A look at the calendar of upcoming seminars and events you can register for.
2018 Spring Education Seminar registration is open
April 18, 2018 – MLTA Spring Education
May 16, 2018 – MLTA Spring Education

2018 Legislative Day registration is open
May 2, 2018 – MLTA Legislative Day

July 15-17, 2018 – MLTA Convention
October 24, 2018 – MLTA Fall Education
November 14, 2018 – MLTA Fall Education

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