ALTA® Honorary Membership to be Awarded to Jack Rattikin, Jr. and James R. Maher

September 27, 2007

Jack Rattikin, Jr. Chairman of the Board, Rattikin Title Company in Ft. Worth, TX, and James R. Maher, ALTA's Executive Vice President, will be awarded Honorary Memberships during ALTA's Annual Convention, October 10-13 in Chicago. Honorary Membership is bestowed by the Board for performance of distinguished and meritorious service to the association or to the land title industry.

Rattikin has served the title industry since 1960. He served as President of the Texas Land Title Association from 1974-1975, and as President of the Ft. Worth Land Title Association from 1976-1978. After many years of committee and board service to ALTA, he served as President in 1984.

James R. Maher has been Executive Vice President of ALTA since 1988. Maher joined ALTA in 1984 as general counsel, and was promoted to the top staff position in October 1988. He has been responsible for carrying out the association’s legislative, legal, educational, public relations and research activities.

Jim came to ALTA from HUD where he was attorney advisor in the Home Mortgage Division for ten years. He drew on his years at HUD working on the other side of the RESPA issue to help ALTA deal with HUD’s proposed regulations. He has been one of the go-to people on RESPA since then.

Rattikin will be honored during the Opening General Session, October 11, during ALTA's Annual Convention. Jack Rattikin, III, President and CEO of Rattikin Title, will present his father with the award.

Maher will be honored at the Closing General Session, October 13 at the convention. Mark Bilbrey, Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Central Title Group for Old Republic, will present the award to Jim Maher.

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