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The OAITA Conference is Coming - August 8, 2011
by Robert Franco | 2011/06/22 |

The Ohio Association of Independent Title Agents (OAITA) Conference will be August 8, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Downtown Columbus, Ohio.  The event is sponsored by General Title Insurance Company.  They keynote speaker will be United States Senator Sherrod Brown who will be addressing the role of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the housing and finance industries.  Also, Cuyahoga County, Ohio's Chief Foreclosure Magistrate, Stephen Bucha, III, and Medina County, Ohio Auditor Michael Kovack will be on a panel discussing the troubles with MERS, the foreclosure crisis and the housing industry.  If you can make, I would encourage you to attend.  Sounds like it will be a great conference.

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And.... that is just for starters!  The full agenda also includes Opening Remarks by OAITA Founder and Secretary, Robert B. Holman, Esq - "It's Not 'Us vs. Them' When There's Only You;"  The State of the Mortgage Industry, by Phoebe Horvath, the Home Mortgage Company; Title Insurance Case Law Update by Gregory W. Happ, Esq.; Life After RESPA Litigation, by Benjamine Carney, Esq.; followed by Title Insurance Ethics, by Robert B. Holman, Esq. 

Oh yeah... and lunch will be sponsored by Ohio Title Corp.

How can you beat that?  I have the day blocked off and plan to attend.  With a day like this, packed with interesting topics and top-notch guest speakers, I expect to see a full house.  If you are in Ohio, or can make it in for the day, I hope you will consider attending.  It would be nice to meet some of you face-to-face, if you can make it, I'll see you there.

Here is the full Conference Memo issued by OAITA:

The Ohio Association of Independent Title Agents (OAITA) Board of Trustees is proud to present this year’s annual conference on August 8, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio at the Crowne Plaza Hotel – Downtown Columbus.  This year’s slate of speakers and topics was designed to keep our members in touch with the policy makers, politicians and members who have dedicated their work to the issues important to real estate settlement professionals of all stripes. 

OAITA is proud to announce that United States Senator Sherrod Brown will be our keynote speaker at this year’s event.  Senator Brown is the senior Senator from Ohio and a member of the Senate Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.  A long time consumer rights advocate and champion of middle class values, Senator Brown will be discussing the new role of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as it pertains to the housing and mortgage industries in a speech to be held on Monday, August 8, 2011.

OAITA believes this presentation will be an important complement to the consumer issues we work so hard to support in the title insurance industry.  You will not want to miss a chance to see Senator Brown in Columbus, Ohio and we urge you to make your reservations for our conference as soon as possible!  Space will be limited for this exciting opportunity!

In addition to Senator Brown, we are pleased to announce that Cuyahoga County, Ohio’s Chief Foreclosure Magistrate Stephen Bucha, III, and Medina County, Ohio Auditor Michael Kovack will be joining us for a foreclosure panel to discuss the ongoing troubles with MERS, the foreclosure crisis and the housing industry.  Magistrate Bucha presides over one of the largest foreclosure courts in the United States and is a firsthand witness to the foreclosure crisis.  Kovack represents a growing number of government officials who are actively trying to stem the negative impacts of foreclosures within local communities.  Each has interesting and thought-provoking perspectives on the scenarios our real estate settlement community encounters every day.  Again, you will not want to miss this discussion.

For those in attendance at the conference on August 8th, there are 3.0 hours of Ohio CE credit available (pending approval) and 2.0 hours of Ohio CLE (1.0 of which is good for Ohio CLE ethics credit).

To register for the OAITA conference on August 8, 2011, please visit our website at www.oaita.org.  The early-bird registration rates will remain open until July 8, 2011 and the early-bird fee is $50.00 for members and $100.00 for non-members.  There are still exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities available, as well.  Please visit the website for more information.  

For those arriving early, there will be a Sunday night reception on Sunday, August 7, 2011 at 8pm until 10pm in the Medallion Suite, Room 238 of the Crowne Plaza Hotel – Downtown Columbus sponsored by General Title Insurance Company.  Light hors d’ oeuvres and drinks (beer, wine and soft drinks) will be available.  Members and guests are encouraged to join us at the reception.

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Crowne Plaza Hotel – Downtown Columbus for guests who wish to stay overnight.  Our room rate is $119.00 per night.  To reserve your room please visit the Crowne Plaza website:


You can also call the hotel directly at the following number: (877) 227-6963

If you are reserving your hotel room, be sure to mention the “OAITA Conference” to receive the room rate discount.

Please check our website and blog for further updates on this event.  Our itinerary and event schedule is listed on the website.   We encourage all of our members to attend the conference and look forward to seeing you all there!



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Robert A. FrancoThe focus of this blog will be on sharing my thoughts and concerns related to the small title agents and abstractors. The industry has changed dramatically over the past ten years and I believe that we are just seeing the beginning. As the evolution continues, what will become of the many small independent title professionals who have long been the cornerstone of the industry?

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