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Cathie Beck

Cathie Beck is the founder and president of Capital City Public Relations and an award-winning journalist and published book author with over 25 years of experience.

Relations key to getting your business’s story published

Building solid relationships with the press is the golden ticket to getting that story published. Here are few tips to help you become a trusted member of the media:

Be Mindful of Language Blunders

Spelling counts, as does grammar and professionalism. You’re not sending a text to your best friend, your kid or your mom. One of the biggest pet peeves of journalists is misspellings, text abbreviations (“LMK” in lieu of “Let me know,” for example) and incorrect grammar.

These blunders spell laziness in the mind of a journalist. Take the time to run a spell check; use Grammarly, on online tool that essentially proofreads your copy and alerts you to errors; and read your e-mail, press release or document out loud to ensure that it’s properly structured and flows with ease.

Don’t Pitch the Wrong journalist

You’ve crafted a thoughtfully researched, compelling, error-free pitch and you’re anxious to see the fruits of your labor in print or on a website or blog with a robust, high-traffic readership.

And then you send it off to a journalist who doesn’t write—and will never write—about the topic at hand. It’s imperative to do your research, and that means reading a journalist’s work before you press the “send” button or pick up the phone.

There’s nothing that journalists hate more than receiving useless information. If you’re going to pitch a writer, make sure it’s someone who covers the relevant subject matter.

More important: Make sure your pitch is newsworthy. Another tip: read mastheads of magazines, newspapers and digital sites to determine the beat of their writers. 

Avoid Pitching Stories on Weekends

Unless you know for a fact that the reporter is a weekend writer or editor, avoid sending communication on Saturday and Sunday.

Journalists, like the rest of us, have lives, and it’s important to respect their time off the clock. Weekend pitching has other pitfalls: If you send an-mail on a Saturday, and it’s read, the journalist may well have forgotten it by Monday morning. By then, it’s often buried beneath a deluge of other pitches. Every reporter and publication has different deadlines, but according to a Business Wire Media Blueprint survey of more than 600 members of the media, Tuesday morning is typically the best time to pitch a story.

Alliant National Title Insurance Company Appoints Vice President – Southwest Underwriting Counsel

Jean E. Bailey, Esq. is a state-wide, industry recognized speaker and instructor.

LONGMONT, Colo. – Alliant National Title Insurance Company, a unique title insurance underwriter that partners with independent agents to improve their competitive position in the marketplace, announces the hiring of Jean E. Bailey, Esq. as Vice President, Southwest Underwriting Counsel.

Bailey is a published co-author whose works include Another Dead Seller? How to Keep Your Deal Alive, presented at The 21st Annual Robert C. Sneed Texas Land Title Institute in 2011 and Closing LLCs: Tips and Traps for the Unwary, presented at The 28th Annual Robert C. Sneed Texas Land Title Institute in 2018.

“Working with Alliant National is an exciting adventure in that the company culture of helping others allows me to bring all facets of my expertise to a growing company,” Bailey says. “I chose Alliant National because it is fully committed to agents and their agents’ success.”

A Texas resident since 1970, Bailey lived in Parker County for over 25 years, and recently moved to the Austin area.

She served for over 24 years in a variety of capacities for Rattikin Title Company out of Fort Worth, Texas, and she is a state-wide and industry recognized speaker and instructor to title and real estate professionals on various real estate and legal issues.

“Jean brings an ideal combination of success, seasoned expertise and commitment to the industry, one that pairs perfectly with Alliant National’s culture and mission,” says Phyllis J. Mulder, Alliant National Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President. “We know we are lucky to have her and look forward to our work together.”

Bailey took her B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington and her J.D. from Baylor University School of Law. She has sat on various community boards, serving in a variety of capacities as a civic leader, including City of Aledo, Texas City Council and City of Aledo, Texas Planning and Zoning Commission.

“Alliant National is very much a forward-thinking company and I’m thrilled to help enrich their continued growth and success,” Bailey says.

About Alliant National Title Insurance Company

The Independent Underwriter for The Independent Agent® Alliant National believes in putting other people first. The company protects the dreams of property owners with secure title insurance and partners with 500+ trusted independent title agents as a licensed underwriter in 24 states and the District of Columbia.

Alliant National is the largest title insurance underwriter in the country with no direct operations to compete against its agents and puts the interests of its agents first. Bolstered by financial stability, strong underwriting capability and independent agents’ in-depth knowledge of local markets, the company has established a nationwide network with deep roots in local communities and a wealth of expertise that is flexible, nuanced and continuously growing.

Visit alliantnational.com for additional information

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Alliant National Achieves ISO 27001 Certification

Alliant National is the sole title insurance underwriter to achieve this information assets security certification

LONGMONT, Colo. – Alliant National Title Insurance Company, a unique title insurance underwriter that partners with independent agents to improve their competitive position in the marketplace, has completed its 2019 annual surveillance audit and maintained the prestigious and coveted ISO 27001 Certification for 2019.

Alliant National must successfully complete a formal, independent annual surveillance audit to maintain the certification. Successfully completing this audit is evidence that Alliant National continues to meet rigorous international standards in ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, availability and protection of non-public information.

“This annual audit provides lenders and our stakeholders strong assurance in our protection of non-public and confidential information,” Alliant National COO David Sinclair said. “It reflects our ongoing commitment to meet or exceed the highest standards when securing and protecting the non-public information that we are entrusted with every day.”


Media Inquiries

Cathie Beck
Capital City Public Relation
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ISO 27001 is an information security standard published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards, and the International Electrotechnical Commission.

Alliant National’s initial certification was issued in May 2015 by A-lign, an independent and accredited certification body based in the United States. In 2018 Alliant National was recertified until 2021 subject to successfully completing annual independent surveillance audits.

“We are very pleased to have successfully completed this 2019 annual ISO 27001 certification surveillance audit, which continues to distinguish the unique capabilities of Alliant National,” Sinclair said.

About Alliant National Title Insurance Company

The Independent Underwriter for The Independent Agent® Alliant National believes in putting other people first. The company protects the dreams of property owners with secure title insurance and partners with 500+ trusted independent title agents as a licensed underwriter in 24 states and the District of Columbia.

Alliant National is the largest title insurance underwriter in the country with no direct operations to compete against its agents and puts the interests of its agents first. Bolstered by financial stability, strong underwriting capability and independent agents’ in-depth knowledge of local markets, the company has established a nationwide network with deep roots in local communities and a wealth of expertise that is flexible, nuanced and continuously growing.

Visit alliantnational.com for additional information.

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Alliant National Successfully Completes SSAE 18 Type II Exam for Fifth Consecutive Year

Successful SSAE 18 Type II examination validates Alliant National’s processes for approving, monitoring and reviewing its agents

LONGMONT, Colo. – Alliant National Title Insurance Company, a unique title insurance underwriter that partners with Independent Agents to improve their competitive position in the marketplace, announces the successful completion of the Service Organization Control (SOC 1) SSAE 18 Type II examination for the fifth consecutive year.

The examination results in an AICPA endorsed report stating that Alliant National Title Insurance Company has maintained effective controls over its Agent Quality Management System. A-Lign Certified Public Accountants of Tampa, Fla., performed the engagement and certification.

The successful SSAE 18 Type II examination validates Alliant National’s processes for approving, monitoring, and reviewing its agents, which results in its agents being designated as Authorized Service Providers or Certified Service Providers of Alliant National. Under this framework, Alliant National’s Independent Agents are reviewed annually against rigorous quality standards.

Lenders relying upon Alliant National’s oversight of its agents and Authorized and Certified Service Provider programs receive additional assurance that processes and controls are designed and function properly and accurately.

Alliant National was certified to the SSAE 16 Type I standard on Dec. 1, 2013 and received compliant status to the more rigorous SSAE 16 Type II standard effective Aug. 31, 2014 and each year through December 31, 2018. That makes 2018 the fifth consecutive year of continued compliance to SSAE Type II standards. The unqualified report was issued without exceptions.

“Alliant National was the first title insurance underwriter in the nation to obtain an SSAE16 Type II compliant status and is the only title insurance underwriter to achieve compliant status for five consecutive years. This certification provides strong independent assurance of our agent oversight systems to lenders and all stakeholders,” Alliant National President and CEO, Bob Grubb said. “Our goal is to provide unequivocal evidence of the quality of our agents through an independently audited system.”

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Alliant National’s Tracey Webb Receives National Title Professional Designation

Tracey Webb, a Senior Vice President and Southeastern Region Agency Manager for Alliant National, has 30 years of title industry experience and is based in Atlanta

LONGMONT, Colo. – Alliant National Title Insurance Company (Alliant National) recently announced that Senior Vice President and Southeastern Region Agency Manager Tracey Webb, a title industry leader for over three decades, received the National Title Professional (NTP) designation from the American Land Title Association.

The American Land Title Association advises the NTP designation is designed to recognize land title professionals who demonstrate the knowledge, experience and dedication essential to the safe and efficient transfer of real property.

“Tracey is a very accomplished, professional and highly regarded title insurance industry executive,” said Kyle Rank, executive vice president, agency, Alliant National. “Meeting the NTP designation’s stringent standards and criteria is further proof of her dedication to our independent agents’ success.”

Webb, who graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, is also a Certified Public Accountant and is responsible for Alliant National’s agency group in the southeast.

“Advancing our industry through education and professional standards helps us all,” Webb said. “I look forward to continuing using my skills to serve our independent agents.”

Visit alliantnational.com/newsroom for additional information.

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MEDIA INQUIRIES

Cathie Beck Capital City Public Relations e : cathie@capitalcitypr.com p : 303-241-0805


About Alliant National Title Insurance Company

The Independent Underwriter for The Independent Agent®, Alliant National believes in putting other people first. The company protects the dreams of property owners with secure title insurance and partners with 450+ trusted independent title agents as a licensed underwriter in 24 states and the District of Columbia, with annual revenues exceeding $120 million. Visit alliantnational.com/newsroom for additional information.

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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