Company:  Alpert, Barr & Grant, A Professional Law Corporation

Incumbent: No

UTA Member Since: 1996

UTA Committees Served or Positions Held, or UTA Volunteer: I have served on the education/conference committee for CTA and UTA since I joined the organization in 1996. Over the last 20 years I have presented programs at both the annual UTA conference and at other education programs. Programs have included mobile home and real property foreclosure programs, the annual bankruptcy update and landlord tenant matters. I have also presented programs for UTA on the California Homeowner's Bill of Rights, and the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau Regulations. I regularly contribute articles to the UTA Quarterly. I served on the Board of Directors of both the CTA and UTA, most recently between 2014 and 2016. I served as the chair of the UTA Nominations Committee in 2014 and 2015.

Biography: Mark Blackman, a partner with the firm, handles all type of litigation and compliance matters involving lending laws, creditors' rights and title disputes from manufactured housing and real estate foreclosures to bankruptcy, unlawful detainer (landlord-tenant) and collection/creditor's rights matters. Mark frequently speaks to organizations regarding foreclosure related laws, manufactured housing law, real estate law and bankruptcy matters.

Keeping in mind the complex realities in foreclosures, manufactured housing and real and personal property collateral disputes, Mark works with his clients to develop a clear understanding of their business goals focusing on creating quick and economical solutions.

Why I would like to be a member of the Board of Directors and/or my vision for UTA:

I have been a member of the UTA (and the CTA before it) for over 20 years. I have served on the Education and Conference committee for almost all of those 20 years. I believe it is one of our two most important functions our organization provides (the other being our efforts to work with the state legislatures on our member’/our industry’s behalf). Although I have been a licensed attorney in California for over thirty years (and I continue to practice law in California), my family has relocated to and I am now licensed to practice law in Nevada as well. This has given me the opportunity to assist our association on both California and Nevada foreclosure issues.

Since 2007, the entire foreclosure industry has been under attack and used as a scapegoat in the Mortgage Meltdown and its aftermath. Even today, trustees continue to be blamed for foreclosure decision, loan modification rejections, short sale failures and the entire mortgage meltdown in general. Having worked with many of the trustees in this organization in handling my clients’ foreclosures, I have experience nothing less than one of the most professional and knowledgeable groups of businesses and individuals, who although not required to obtain continuing education credits, regularly attend our programs to educate themselves and to keep up with the ever-changing foreclosure rules.

Our organization has had great success in working with the state legislatures to fulfill the Trustees’ annual wish lists of changes to existing legislation and to prevent well-meaning legislators from enacting bills which will neither protect the public nor assist borrowers in saving their homes. In California and Nevada some of the so-called homeowner protection bills which were enacted, actually slowed down the economic recovery by many years. Arizona enacted no such foreclosure protection laws and their economy rebounded far earlier than California and Nevada.

As everyone in our business knows, the improving economy has reduced the number of foreclosures and as a result, reduced the number of trustee businesses and trustee members.  This has in turn resulted in a smaller operating budget for UTA with which to continue to provide our membership with all of the most important services we provide.

The UTA has continued to find ways to generate new memberships and to continue providing services to our membership by converting many of our publications to electronic editions.  We will continue to work for our members to provide quality educational programs, lobbying services for the trustee industry and great annual conferences.

I completed a three year term on the Board of Directors last December and I look forward to serving on the Board again in 2018.  I believe I have contributed to the success of our organization and I hope to serve on the board for the next three years. Thank you in advance for your consideration in the election of the UTA’s Board of Directors.