A Look Back at ALTA’s 2016 Successes

December 22, 2016

By Michelle Korsmo

Another year is nearly in the books. While thoughts are quickly turning to 2017, I’d like to pause and reflect on the many successes we enjoyed over the past year. Here are just a few:

  • Record Membership: We marked our seventh consecutive year of all-time record membership. With more than 6,200 member companies, ALTA surpassed its 2015 record by more than 150. ALTA’s growth is related to the success of our members. From one-person shops to publically traded companies, your ALTA prides itself in offering resources to help our members succeed in an evolving marketplace.
  • Record Attendance: A record number of nearly 1,200 title and settlement professionals were on hand for ALTA ONE, which was held in Scottsdale, Ariz. ALTA ONE is the new live event experience that replaces the Annual Convention. For 109 years, ALTA’s Annual Convention has been the place where title and settlement services professionals have reunited with friends, reflected on the past year and rejuvenated their minds with fresh ideas. We believe ALTA ONE will deliver another century of success.
  • New Website: In November, ALTA launched a completely redesigned and reorganized website that incorporates the pride of being an ALTA member and working in this great industry. ALTA serves as the beacon of the title industry, so our website must serve the needs of existing members and raise awareness and educate prospective members about the value of ALTA. In addition, the website provides an optimal viewing experience across a wide range of devices.
  • TIPAC Donations: Support for ALTA’s Title Industry Political Action Committee continues to reach new milestones. In 2016, TIPAC raised more than $530,000 and is nearing the $1-million mark raised during the election cycle. For more information about TIPAC, send an email to Jessica McEwen, ALTA’s director of political affairs.
  • CFPB: For more than four years, ALTA had met with the CFPB and submitted letters asking for more guidance on the approach lenders should take when developing a compliance management program for service providers. In November, the CFPB finally responded.

We’re excited to deliver even more for our members in 2017. Among the items you can expect to see are continued enhancements to our conferences, a core industry values program, rollout of the ALTA Title & Settlement Agent Registry, new tools in the Homebuyer Outreach Program and an unveiling of a redesigned TitleNews! We look forward to 2017 and another year of serving our members.

Michelle Korsmo is chief executive officer of ALTA. She can be reached at michelle@alta.org.

Contact ALTA at 202-296-3671 or communications@alta.org.