ALTA’s National Title Professional Distinction Awarded to Debra Gentry of PYA

Debra GentryDebra Gentry, director of ALTA Best Practices Services Group at PYA (Pershing Yoakley & Associates), has been awarded the National Title Professional designation by the American Land Title Association.

PYA, a national certified public accounting and management consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Debra Gentry, director of PYA’s ALTA Best Practices Services Group, has been designated as a National Title Professional (NTP) by the American Land Title Association (ALTA).  The NTP Program recognizes land title professionals who demonstrate the knowledge, experience, and dedication essential to the safe and efficient transfer of real property.

“This professional designation demonstrates what we, and our clients, have known all along—that Debra is an experienced, knowledgeable industry leader,” said PYA Managing Principal of Audit & Assurance Services Mike Shamblin.  “As only the second NTP in the state of Tennessee, joining around 80 other industry leaders nationwide, it is clear that Debra exhibits an expertise above many of her peers.  We also are honored that PYA is the only CPA firm in the nation with two NTPs on its team.”

1stCPAwith2NTPsSelection for this designation was determined through an extensive application process in which land title professionals demonstrate their knowledge, experience, and efficiency in/dedication to the land title industry.  In order to receive the NTP distinction, Gentry was required to meet the particular standards and criteria of the NTP Program.  According to ALTA, the NTP represents a measure of achievement and commitment to career development.

“I am honored to be among this year’s NTP designees,” said Gentry.  “As a title professional, I am committed to helping the title industry and its agents achieve the highest level of compliance they can.  My joy in the title and settlement industry started with my first trip to the courthouse to search a title.  I want to pass along that joy to all in the industry as I help them obtain compliance.”

Gentry is a licensed Tennessee title agent with more than 30 years’ experience in residential and commercial real estate closing and escrow businesses.  She has worked in law firms and title agencies performing all aspects of the real estate closing transaction.  In addition, she has worked for a national underwriter and was sales director for RynohLive.  She assists PYA’s clients with the development of ALTA Best Practices policies and procedures, implementation of ALTA Best Practices, and performance of third-party assessments.  Her involvement with ALTA and TNLTA spans many years.  She serves on the ALTA Best Practices Task Force and ALTA Membership committee.