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.”