OUR EXPERTS

PYA’s ALTA Best Practices Team specializes in assisting companies that operate in the most complex regulatory environments. PYA’s 30+ year history and industry-specific experience provides a unique understanding of the issues surrounding third-party vendor risk management and enables us to perform compliance policy advisory services, readiness evaluations and assessments for the title and settlement industries. PYA was the 1st ALTA Elite Provider of Best Practices Assessments.

Let our Title Industry Team, comprised of accounting, lending, title agency and underwriting professionals assist your company in adopting concise policies and procedures that encompass ALTA Best Practices. Our team offers a range of services to help your company achieve certification, and is available to provide advisory services to help you reach your organization’s goals.1stCPAwith2NTPs

Eugene McCullough

Title Industry Service Director

For more than three decades, Gene has held numerous roles in the title insurance industry including closing attorney, title insurance agent, real estate closing practice manager, past president of 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 longstanding member of ALTA and TNLTA where he currently chairs the Committee on Pre-Licensing Education.

In addition to serving as PYA’s Title Industry Service Director, he provides consulting and expert witness services to clients across the nation through his company, Title Experts and Management Services. In 2016, Gene was awarded ALTA’s prestigious distinction of NATIONAL TITLE PROFESSIONAL™—the first NTP in the state of Tennessee—in recognition of his demonstrated knowledge, experience, and dedication essential to the safe and efficient transfer of real property.

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Debra Gentry

Director, ALTA Best Practices Services Group

For more than 30 years, Debra has held numerous roles in the title insurance industry and has performed all responsibilities of a settlement agent including: title searcher, processor, closing agent, and title insurance agent. Debra was an agency representative for two national underwriters for seven years, and sales manager at RynohLive for four years. She is a long-standing member of ALTA and TNLTA. She serves as a director within PYA’s ALTA Best Practices Services Group.

In 2017, Debra was awarded ALTA’s prestigious distinction of NATIONAL TITLE PROFESSIONAL™ in recognition of her demonstrated knowledge, experience, and dedication essential to the safe and efficient transfer of real property.

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Matthew Rekers

Director, ALTA Best Practices Services Group

Matthew plays a significant role in the education and implementation of ALTA’s Best Practices and provides certification services to the title industry. Matthew is a frequent author and speaker on ALTA Best Practices’ implementation and certification matters impacting the title industry. He also specializes in external and internal auditing, and financial advisory services for financial institutions, healthcare organizations, and various other industries. He has significant experience with regulatory compliance matters and internal control design.

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Mike Shamblin

Managing Principal of Audit & Assurance Services

Mike provides auditing and assurance services to a variety of industries including healthcare providers and financial institutions. Mike’s clients include: multi-hospital health systems, community hospitals, multi-specialty physician clinics, academic physician practice plans, multi-bank holding companies, thrifts, credit unions and other for-profit and non-profit organizations. He has significant experience with internal control design matters. He has assisted several clients in performing organizational risk assessments and in correcting internal control deficiencies. Mike is a frequent speaker on accounting and financial reporting matters. Mike is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a Master of Accountancy degree and Bachelors in Business Administration. He is a CPA and a graduate of the Southeastern School of Banking.

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Barry Mathis

Principal – Information Technology

Barry has nearly three decades of experience in the information technology (IT) and healthcare industries as a CIO, CTO, senior IT audit manager, and IT risk management consultant. He has performed and managed complicated HIPAA security reviews and audits for some of the most sophisticated hospital systems in the country. Barry is a creative senior level healthcare executive who is visionary and results-oriented with demonstrated experience in planning, developing, and implementing complex information technology solutions to address business opportunities while reducing IT risk and exposure. He is adept at project and crisis management, trouble shooting, problem solving, and negotiating. Barry has strong technical capabilities combined with outstanding presentation skills and professional pride. He is a prudent risk taker with proficiency in IT risk management, physician relations, strategic development, and employee team building.

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Steven Shipman

Director, Title Industry Services Group

A retired state regulator with more than 30 years of creditable investigative, insurance, and real estate settlement regulatory experience, Steve serves as PYA’s Title Industry Service Director. In this role and with such vast regulatory experience that additionally includes complaint resolution, he guides title agents through the industry’s regulatory complexities, applying a rigorous approach in administering ALTA Best Practices assessments. In addition to his contribution to PYA’s title insurance and settlement company services in the areas of agency operations and affiliated business arrangements, Steve provides continuing education (CE) instruction on title pre-licensing, regulatory compliance, and ALTA Best Practices. Steven received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the Virginia Commonwealth University. He holds active Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Insurance Services Representative designations.

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