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Gina Matthews, SLTA President, has a message for all SLTA members for 2020!

A Conversation with the SLTA President – and a Call for Volunteers

The Southeast Land Title Association is ready for everything that lies ahead for SLTA in 2020. We wanted to start the year by sharing a conversation we had with Gina Matthews, our hardworking president for this year, about what she is most excited about for us – and for you!

If you have any questions about our association or if you want to volunteer for one of SLTA’s committees, contact us or e-mail Gina directly at gmatthews@mvt.com.

Question: How did you originally get involved with SLTA?
I went to a convention for the first time in 1994, and I’ve been involved since that point. SLTA has pushed me outside the bubble of my company and my agents. This is a neutral arena where I can work with my competitors and others for the betterment of the title industry. We all work together on legislative endeavors and all kinds of things that I don’t think would happen without SLTA.

My longtime involvement with SLTA title schools, and now the development of junior college title courses, helps with educational efforts across the board. We have a rich history of working successfully with other associations to identify and pursue regulatory issues of importance to all stakeholders in our industry, and to address adverse legal decisions. Our unity and combined resources are our superpowers. Together we keep abreast of national title industry-related issues and challenges.

What are the benefits for companies when their employees are active with SLTA?     
There are so many opportunities for meaningful committee work and leadership roles in our association. It is an excellent way to enhance leadership skills in your employees, in general, and for them to learn more about all aspects of our industry by working together with their peers to accomplish common goals. Direct involvement with the association’s educational endeavors is an invaluable learning tool and a great way to ensure that the educational needs of your company are met. The exchange of ideas and knowledge, the creative environment and exposure to all of the resources SLTA has to offer will benefit your employees and ultimately your company.

If I’m a new member who wants to get more active in SLTA, what should I do?
Make plans now to attend our SLTA Mid-Year Meeting (on April 6 in Birmingham); and definitely come to the convention in Charleston in September. Volunteer on a committee now because there’s a place for you. We would love to have you! And reach out to a SLTA board member or me anytime. We’d love to talk to you.

What are you most excited about this year?
There are a lot of things. We are continuing to update and expand our social media presence. We’re also working on a new modern website, which will be unveiled at our Mid-Year Meeting in April. I am also very excited about our future junior college title certification program. We’re still working on curriculum, putting together a committee and figuring out how it will work. We’re aging out (industry-wide) and we’re having trouble getting new people into our business. We need to learn how to recruit and bring more people in from the outside. Having title courses in our states’ junior colleges should help with that.

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