Debra Gentry Joins PYA’s ALTA Best Practices Team

Debra GentryDebra Gentry has joined PYA within its American Land Title Association’s (ALTA) Best Practices Services Group.

Debra Gentry has joined PYA within its American Land Title Association’s (ALTA) Best Practices Services Group. In this role, Gentry will serve title industry clients by assisting them in developing their ALTA Best Practices policies and procedures and will collaborate with PYA team members to perform certification assessments.  Additionally, she will serve as a resource for PYA’s title industry clients to address questions about operational challenges they may encounter.

According to PYA’s Managing Principal of Audit and Assurance Services Mike Shamblin, “Debra’s background within the title industry makes her an invaluable addition to PYA and also ultimately benefits our clients. We are thrilled to have someone with Debra’s expertise and industry experience joining our team.   The contributions she will make will enhance the level of quality we bring to clients as they seek Best Practices certification.”

Gentry brings more than 30 years of real estate and title experience to the Firm.  She has served as a sales manager and account representative, and has worked extensively in training, sales, and marketing within the title industry. Her work in law firms and title companies has included performing title searches, reconciling escrow accounts, and preparing and closing real estate transactions.   Through her experience within the real estate and title industry, she has honed her capabilities with regard to customer relationship management and territory development. Gentry has proven success in maintaining an enduring presence in real estate markets and the development of such markets.

“I am delighted to be joining the PYA team. I look forward to contributing to the Firm’s sterling reputation.” said Gentry.

A long-standing member of ALTA and the Tennessee Land Title Association (TNLTA), Gentry gained her Title Insurance Agent license in 2011.  She is a graduate of The University of North Carolina.

PYA’s experienced title industry and accounting professionals offer policy and procedure development, pre-assessment services, and independent certification assessments.  PYA also serves the banking industry with regulatory compliance and internal audit services.  PYA’s experience with mortgage lenders and the title and settlement industry provides a unique perspective on how both industries approach vendor risk management.  PYA’s services to title and settlement agents encompass all four of the engagement types recently outlined by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA) Technical Questions and Answers guidance.

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