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Giving Thanks for the independent title agent

In 1789, the first Federal Congress passed a resolution asking that the President of the United States recommend to the nation a day of thanksgiving. But it was President Roosevelt who ultimately signed a resolution on December 26, 1941, establishing the fourth Thursday in November as the Federal Thanksgiving Day holiday.

It’s amazing that it took over 150 years to settle on a consistent holiday, especially when you consider that giving thanks has been fundamental to our culture from the very inception of our nation.

Giving thanks is also a key part of our culture at Alliant National. Our people live the spirit of Thanksgiving each day. No one is more important to us than the independent title agents that make the American Dream possible. We celebrate your contributions to the lives of the families you touch and the communities you serve.

As an independent agent:

You protect the rights of homeowners and safeguard their economic liberty to own property and build wealth.

You champion the American virtues of independence, entrepreneurship and self-reliance.

You support important philanthropic causes in the communities you serve.

You take great care of your employees, who in turn, take great care of your customers.

You build a “legacy of opportunity” for all of those who walk into your office – staff and customers alike.

Alliant National recognizes your unique role in preserving our American way of life.

“Happy Thanksgiving” from The Independent Underwriter for The Independent Agent℠.

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Please help us welcome Erica Stoltz

Alliant is excited about our newest addition to the Southwest Underwriting team!

Alliant National is pleased to announce the addition of Erica Stoltz as Texas Underwriting Counsel for the Southwest Region! Erica joined Alliant National on March 23rd and she has been working closely with the underwriting team for the last two months learning internal processes and requirements. During this time, she has demonstrated the genuine ability to understand complex underwriting issues and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with title agents. Erica holds an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and went on to graduate from Texas Tech University School of Law. Her experience as a Disaster Relief Attorney for the U.S. Small Business Administration became immediately valuable as the government rolled out the PPP Disaster Relief Loans where she provided immediate, first-hand knowledge to Alliant National on the best way for affected companies to apply for disaster relief funds.

As a title insurance professional, she learned the industry from the ground up serving as a clerk/runner for a law firm, and then she worked in the Title Commitment and Policy Department for a title agency in College Station while at Texas A&M. Following law school and her time at the SBA, she became an Examining Attorney for a large independent agent in Dallas/Fort Worth where she spent many years performing in-house underwriting for both residential and commercial transactions. After a few years out of the industry raising a family, she is back in the game!

We are very excited to have her join the Southwest Underwriting team!

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Are you ‘RON Ready?’ Let lenders know

Is your agency set up to close transactions using remote online notarization (RON)? If so, the American Land Title Association (ALTA) is encouraging you to let lenders know by updating your ALTA Registry listing.

“RON is in high demand and lenders are actively looking for title and settlement companies that can close their loans using this technology,” the association said in a recent post. “Being RON Ready could lead to new revenue during these difficult times.”

There is no cost to be included on the ALTA Registry.

Update your listing on the ALTA Registry at: https://www.alta.org/registry/

Happy Retirement to Jim Hensley

Congratulations Jim Hensley!

Jim leaves an impressive legacy that spans more than four decades in our industry.

It is with admiration and gratitude for a job well done that we announce the retirement of Jim Hensley, our Midwest regional agency manager. Jim has been transitioning toward retirement for several months, and his last day with Alliant National will be May 29th.

As he enters this new phase, Jim leaves an impressive legacy that spans more than four decades in our industry. When Jim joined our organization in 2013, his deep operations experience on both the agent and underwriter sides made him a crucial hire for Alliant National. We’ve seen tremendous success in the Midwest thanks to his efforts.

But we didn’t just gain an amazing title professional when we hired Jim Hensley; many of us gained a mentor and friend. When you talk to Jim, you always know you’re speaking with someone who lives a life of service to others. His faith, and his love for his family, his country and the people in our industry comes shining through.

In these months as Jim neared retirement, he worked tirelessly to ensure that Regional Manager Manoj Purohit and his team are well positioned to meet the needs of our agents moving forward. I am personally grateful for the time Jim has invested in our company and in teaching me about commitment to this industry.

The future is bright, but like us, we know many of you have come to rely on Jim, his straightforward honesty, and his uncommon ability to find the right words, even in difficult times. We all will miss him.  

Feel free to join us in wishing Jim and his family a happy retirement!

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We’re tracking state DOI and LTA COVID-19 updates

Quickly find information for the areas where you operate using Alliant National’s helpful table of state websites.

State land title associations and departments of insurance are disseminating information, updates and guidance amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Alliant National has built a helpful table of state websites so you can quickly find information for the areas where you operate.

Access the table here.

For instance, the Florida Land Title Association’s new COVID-19 page includes a wide range of information including links to U.S. Small Business Administration disaster assistance resources, tips for safe closings, a list of basic state requirements for becoming a Florida remote online notary (RON) and a sample list of RON platforms.

State associations and departments of insurance are adding new information pages all the time, so feel free to bookmark our list and check back for updates.  More information is available on Alliant National’s COVID-19 page.

This blog contains general information only, not intended to be relied upon as, nor a substitute for, specific professional advice. We accept no responsibility for loss occasioned to any purpose acting on or refraining from action as a result of any material on this blog.

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