NTP Can Help Establish Industry Credibility

March 15, 2018

Chuck Sheffield NTP, senior vice president and corporate title manager for AmeriTitle Inc. in Bend, Ore., has worked in the title insurance industry for nearly 40 years. Sheffield obtained his National Title Professional (NTP) designation from ALTA five years ago. Read on for a Q&A to learn why he became an NTP and how he's used the designation to promote his company

Why did you become an NTP?

I viewed the NTP designation program as both a challenge and something of value that I should work to obtain. My past experience at the local, state and national level provided the foundation but obtaining the designation would require additional time, energy and effort.

Why should others get their NTPs?

I think challenging yourself helps you grow in so many ways, regardless of whether you succeed or come up short. Achieving the designation helps to establish credibility in the industry.

How have you used the NTP designation to advance your career or promote your business?

My designation is displayed on my business cards, email signature line, in my office and at industry events. On many occasions it has been the catalyst of a conversation about our business and the services we provide.

Who do you think should get their NTP? What types of professionals would benefit?

I think anyone with the experience, knowledge and desire to earn their NTP designation would benefit for all the same reasons it has benefitted me. Whether in title, escrow, sales or management, the designation is evidence of your level of industry achievement.

How did you get into the industry?

I was introduced to the world of title insurance by a man who would later become my father-in-law. He owned his own mortgage business in San Diego where I lived at the time and thought it would be a good fit while attending college. I started in a part-time position as a file clerk at a small agency.

What is your best professional trait?

My desire to always treat people with respect, empathy and kindness.

Earn Your NTP

The National Title Professional (NTP) designation recognizes land title professionals who demonstrate the knowledge, experience and dedication essential to the safe and efficient transfer of real property. Start earning your NTP designation at www.alta.org/ntp.

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