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MLTA 2017 ANNUAL CONVENTION PREVIEW

Dec 6, 2016

John Bommarito, Esq., ATA National Title Group
MLTA President-Elect

While we’re still several months away and just entering the winter season, it’s never too soon to begin thinking about warmer times, such as summers in Northern Michigan. This coming July 16-18, 2017 the MLTA membership will convene at Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City for our annual convention. The agenda is coming together rather well.

This year, we will move back toward more of a “2 day” format. Starting off Sunday evening with our welcome reception, there is an excellent outdoor area which will host our welcome reception and dinner, as well as other fun activities to give attendees a chance to network and reconnect with each other. All around the grassy area in addition to the big tent for dining and the bar, there will be several standard yard games, a bonfire pit, a “cigar lounge” tent and hopefully some music entertainment. The idea Sunday night is to relax and socialize.

Monday we are planning on a formal session from 8/8:30 (breakfast) until noon. In addition to the standard annual meeting agenda items (voting in the new board, etc), we are planning on 3 speakers for Monday morning. One of our featured speakers will be U.S. Congressman Dave Trott. After the formal agenda, we will hopefully have a variety of social activities to participate in. We are investigating reserving a catamaran to cruise around the bay, a winery tour, and a few other options. Keep these in mind as some activities may fill up fast!

Monday evening will see our usual formal banquet. Afterwards, I’m pleased to announce the return of the MLTA Room Crawl! Since we have the entire 4th floor of the hotel, we’ve decided to offer the 4 suites on that floor up for hospitality suites. Two suites have already been reserved! If you’re interested in sponsoring and hosting a hospitality suite, please let myself or Marcy Lay know.

Tuesday morning’s agenda we’re nicknaming “Technology Tuesday” and after breakfast, we have 2 fantastic speakers lined up. Justin Tucker from WFG National Title Company will be highlighting some new pieces of technology that title agents may find useful for themselves or for assisting their customers. Also, Scott Montgomery and Dan Kilpatrick from Open Systems Technologies (OST) will be presenting on various risks of today’s technology including hacking, data security and things they see when conducting systems penetration testing. We should wrap up Tuesday’s session around 11am, before the noon hotel checkout time.

Various advertising, sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are still available so please contact Marcy Lay at laym@krkm.com for more information. Don’t forget to check out our website (www.milta.org) for more info on this and our other events throughout the year. Before our July 2017 convention, the MLTA is also has the following events planned:
March 15, 2017 – MLTA Boot Camp – H Hotel, Midland

April 12, 2017 – MLTA Spring Education Seminar – DoubleTree Hotel, Grand Rapids

May 17, 2017 – MLTA Spring Education Seminar – Detroit/Livonia Marriott, Livonia

Finally, a special thank you to Marcy Lay and “Johnny’s Angels” (you know who you are) for all their help with the convention planning. More details to come and see you all soon.

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