Gene McCullough of PYA Awarded ALTA’s National Title Professional Distinction

1stCPAwithNTP-06Eugene McCullough, Title Industry Service Director at PYA (Pershing Yoakley & Associates), has been awarded the National Title Professional designation by the American Land Title Association.

National certified public accounting and management consulting firm PYA is pleased to announce that Title Industry Service Director Eugene McCullough 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.

“We are pleased that Gene is the first and only NTP in the state of Tennessee, joining more than 60 other industry leaders nationwide who have earned this professional designation,” said PYA’s Managing Principal of Audit & Assurance Services Mike Shamblin.  “PYA also is honored that it is the only CPA firm in the nation with an NTP on its team.  We could not be more proud of Gene and what this prestigious designation represents for our clients.”

The NTP distinction demonstrates that McCullough has met the particular standards and criteria of the NTP Program.  Selection 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.  According to ALTA, the NTP represents a measure of achievement and commitment to career development.

“It is such an honor to be among this year’s NTP designees,” said McCullough.  “As a former title attorney and title underwriter executive, I am committed to helping the title industry and its agents with today’s most pressing issues—compliance, ALTA Best Practices, and quality assurance.  My passion is enhancing communication between the title and closing community and the world of accounting.”

A 35-year title industry veteran, McCullough has served in numerous roles including past president of the Tennessee Land Title Association (TNLTA), president of a full-service title insurance agency, regional president of a national title underwriter, and president of two regional title insurance underwriters.  He is a long-standing member of ALTA and the TNLTA, where he chairs the Committee on Pre-Licensing Education.  In addition to serving as PYA’s Title Industry Service Director, McCullough provides consulting and expert witness services to clients across the nation through his company, Title Experts and Management Services.

McCullough also is a published author of “Principles of Title Insurance—Tennessee,”  “Tennessee Pre-Licensing Education Manual (2015),” and an online 400+ question test center.  Further, the PYA Title Industry Blog, to which McCullough regularly contributes, has been featured multiple times on the Top 10 Lawyer Blog List for LexBlog’s “Real Lawyers Have Blogs.”

Luxe Title Services Achieves ALTA Best Practices Certification

LuxeLuxe Title Services, a regional title and settlement services provider based in St. Petersburg, Florida, recently achieved compliance with title industry Best Practices as set forth by the American Land Title Association (ALTA).

According to Amy Moran, escrow officer and licensed title agent of Luxe Title Services, “We chose to pursue the certification process because we wanted to ensure that we are working in compliance with ALTA Best Practices.  Certification addresses each of the seven pillars of Best Practices as outlined by ALTA.  Achieving certification allows us to demonstrate our commitment to operating with the highest standards of quality in every aspect of our business.”

As regulators have recently increased their demands for protective measures throughout title and settlement procedures, ALTA created the Best Practices Framework to help title and settlement agents prepare policies and procedures to protect lenders and consumers.  Best Practices certification comes after a rigorous third-party assessment covering all areas of title and settlement services, including licensing, escrow trust accounting controls, privacy and information security, written policies and procedures, liability and fidelity insurance confirmation, and guidelines for customer relationship management.

Luxe Title Services enlisted the assistance of national certified public accounting and management consulting firm PYA (Pershing Yoakley & Associates, P.C.) to perform the third-party assessment and certification.

“Luxe Title Services joins a limited list of title companies that have achieved completion of a rigorous certification.  We expect this certification will allow us to grow our services and better serve our associates and the real estate community,” said Robert Glaser, president and CEO of Luxe Title Services.

With this certification, Luxe Title Services is now poised to demonstrate to consumers, lenders, and the industry its compliance with ALTA Best Practices.  For more information, visit the Luxe Title Services website, www.luxetitleservices.com.

 

About Luxe Title Services

Luxe Title Services is a locally owned and operated, full-service title insurance agency with offices in St. Petersburg, FL, and Tampa, FL.  Luxe Title Services is focused on elevating the consumer experience in the real estate closing, title, and settlement process and related services to sellers and purchasers throughout the state of Florida.  We are a leading title services company dedicated to providing clients with the best services available.  We are committed to professional excellence while offering timely and cutting-edge services.

Notary Direct Nationwide Receives Best Practices Certification

Notary Direct Nationwide LLC, a national signing service provider based in Huntington Beach, Calif., and St. Augustine, Fla., recently became certified in accordance with American Land Title Association’s Title Insurance and Settlement Company Best Practices.

National Certified Public Accounting and consulting firm Pershing, Yoakley & Associates (PYA) provided the assessment and certification.

“With the new regulations and requirements that our clients are facing, we wanted to assist in any way possible,” said Shannon Seitzinger, president of Notary Direct Nationwide. “We felt that not having to struggle with third-party oversight was a great start. We are proud to present this certification as a sign of our commitment to adhering to all Best Practices policies and procedures. We chose PYA because they are one of the first qualified firms to offer a rigorous certification process and because of their experience working with ALTA’s Best Practices and CFPB regulations.”

Regulators’ increased demand to protect consumers has forced lenders to adjust their relationships with service providers and be more sensitive to the types of companies they do business with. To help meet this need, ALTA created the Best Practices framework to help members highlight policies and procedures the industry exercises to protect lenders and consumers. The third pillar of ALTA’s Best Practices focuses on data security and the protection of the consumer’s nonpublic information (NPI), in accordance with the mandates of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.

“Lenders are now responsible for the actions of all third party vendors,” said Michelle Jacobson, chief compliance officer of Notary Direct. “Notary Direct Nationwide had the required infrastructure in place to meet the ALTA Best Practices applied to lenders and title companies as relates to a signing service. With the guidance of PYA, we were able to meet expectations, obtain the certification and know that we remain ahead of the curve regarding regulatory requirements. Notary Direct Nationwide is positioned to be an exceptional partner to our clients and ensure those responsibilities are consistently met.”

Burns, Henry & Kirksey, P.C., Achieves ALTA Best Practices Certification

BH&K LogoCleveland, Tennessee law firm and title company, Burns, Henry & Kirksey, P.C., (BHK), recently achieved compliance with title industry Best Practices as set forth by the American Land Title Association (ALTA).

BHK chose to pursue certification out of a commitment to their clients, to improve upon the services they offer, and to earn the trust of those with whom they do business.  According to Travis D. Henry, attorney and partner with BHK, “We now can assure those with whom we do business that we are compliant with ALTA Best Practices, but we don’t want them to just take our word for it.  We want to prove to lenders, realtors, buyers, and sellers that we are committed to the privacy and security of their information, and to offering the highest level of protection and the best closing experience in our community.”

As regulators have recently increased their demands for protective measures throughout title and settlement procedures, ALTA created the Best Practices Framework to help title and settlement agents prepare policies and procedures to protect lenders and consumers.  Best Practices certification comes after a rigorous third-party assessment covering all areas of title and settlement services, including licensing, escrow trust accounting controls, privacy and information security, written policies and procedures, liability and fidelity insurance confirmation, and guidelines for customer relationship management.

BHK enlisted the assistance of national certified public accounting and management consulting firm PYA (Pershing Yoakley & Associates, P.C.) to perform the third-party assessment and certification.

Henry said, “PYA was our partner as we worked to become compliant with ALTA Best Practices and underwent the certification process.  They were our guide through the pillars and helped us structure our business around each one.  Their approach shows you how to succeed rather than simply pointing out your deficiencies.”

With this certification, BHK is now poised to demonstrate to consumers, lenders, and the industry its compliance with ALTA Best Practices.  For more information, visit the BHK website, www.bhklegal.com.

About Burns, Henry & Kirksey, P.C.

Burns, Henry & Kirksey, P.C., was founded in 1992 by attorneys Robert Varnell, Charles B. Burns, Jr., and J. Michael Sharp.  The firm is wholly-owned and operated by the partners of the firm, Travis D. Henry, Esq. (who focuses in Residential and Commercial Closings, Residential and Commercial Subdivision Development, and Real Estate Litigation) and Bryson M. Kirksey, Esq., CPA, LL.M in Taxation, AEP® (who focuses in Wills, Trusts, and Probate, Business Formation and Succession and Tax Planning).  We represent lenders, buyers, sellers, realtors, surveyors, builders, developers, and contractors for all their real estate needs.

“Buying a home is a critical investment.  Anyone buying, selling or refinancing real estate should let their lender and realtor know they want a certified title company handling their closing,” Henry said.  “We are ready to make the closing process easy and positive for our community.”