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The Reviews Are In For UTA’s 45th Annual – And First Virtual – Conference

Virtual Conference Lauded!

UTA’s 45th Annual Educational Conference, held October 5th-8th virtually, received high reviews by participants.

The Education sessions received positive reviews from members;

–  On the ‘Default Servicing Economic Forecast’ session, sponsored by iMailTracking with Rick Sharga: “I loved this session. Rick was a terrific speaker – kept me entertained and provided a bunch of valuable information.”

–  On the ‘COVID Cleanup’ session sponsored by Harmony Title Agency with Dean Kirchen, Elizabeth Knight, and Michelle Mierzwa:  “I’m so glad to see current content being addressed!,” said one attendee.  Another wrote, “All three Speaker were great, very informative and helpful. Thank you.”

–  On the ‘Bankruptcy Update’ session sponsored by First American with Mark Blackman, Lee Raphael, and Melissa Vermillion: “Melissa did well considering she was put in at the last second.  She had complicated cases to explain.”

–  On the ‘Small Trustees Roundtable’ sponsored by Daily Journal and facilitated by Robert Cullen and Randy Newman: “This is the program that i find most valuable of all the sessions!”

–  On the ’Large Trustees Roundtable’ session sponsored by Metropolitan News and facilitated by Cathe Cole-Sherburn:  “Absolutely fantastic and informative.  Appreciate the gentle state-by-state touches so everyone had a chance to share his/her perspective and experience.  Lots of varied topics.  Would love to have this every couple of months just so folks can check in as things restart.” Another wrote: “Great round table. I was a little wary that people would be talking over each other on zoom; however, that was not the case. Good topics and a strong moderator!”

–  On the ‘Legislative Update’ sponsored by ServiceLink with Robert Finlay, Mike Belote, and Holly Chisa: “Excellent discussion on SB 1079 in particular.” Another wrote: “My head hurts from trying to absorb all the information provided.  This session was even more important this year than years prior.  Thanks to the panel!”

–  On the ‘Arizona Legal Updates’ sponsored by iMailTracking with Kent Commack, Lauren King and Christopher McNichol: “Very detailed information!” Another wrote: “Great discussions!”

–  On the ‘Servicing Through COVID’ session sponsored by Carrington Foreclosure Services with Susan Pettem, Christopher Carman, Caitlyn Reynolds and Candace Russell: “This was a very informative session. It was good to get a better understanding of how servicers have been impacted and what they are expecting.” Another wrote: “The panel provided excellent insight into the servicer side of the pandemic.”

–  On the ‘Case Law Updates’ session sponsored by Kirby & McGuinn with Andrew Boylan, Stephen Hicklin and Martin McGuinn: “Great coverage of the state case laws.” Another wrote: “The information was precise – thoroughly enjoyed it.”

–  On the ‘Working with Private Beneficiaries’ session sponsored by Superior Default Services with Elizabeth Knight, Michael Orth, Marsha Townsend and Glenn Wechsler: “This session was extremely beneficial to me, as I do business with many private beneficiaries at ALSI. I definitely took away more knowledge after listening to the panel of speakers, they were great! Thank you!” Another wrote: “Very informative, great examples and issues we deal with on a daily basis.”

“I thought the conference ran smoothly” wrote one attendee regarding the conference overall. “It was extremely informative with all of the changes happening due to new bills passed relating to the COVID pandemic. The Panels selected for each session were top notch! The games following some of the sessions were a great touch, it made it fun and I enjoyed interacting with other members. With this being UTA’s first Virtual Conference, I give it an A+! Richard Meyers did a fantastic job organizing and hosting. David Dutcher was also great with his clowning around during the games, organizing the event and hosting sessions. It was a complete success!! Thank you UTA!”

Another attendee wrote: “I’m so glad this was split up into four days. It allowed me to carry on with business and I think the breaks were necessary. I loved this format – looking forward to next year! Thank you for everyone’s efforts!”

Additionally, members enjoyed two rousing games of ‘UTA Jeopardy!’ a Yappy Hour and four fun games played after four of the sessions.  Fifteen online Silent Auction items were won by attendees.

Awards were also presented to Robert Cullen of Redwood Trust Deed, recipient of the Dorothy Schick Member of the Year Award and to Cathe Cole-Sherburn of Trustee Corps recipient of the Phil Adleson Education and Advocacy Award.

The 45th Annual Education Conference was sponsored by Platinum Sponsors iMailTracking and Harmony Title Agency; Gold Sponsors Carrington Foreclosure Services, ServiceLink, First American Mortgage Services and Superior Default Services; and Silver Sponsors Daily Journal, Kirby & McGuinn, and Metropolitan News Company.

“Putting this conference together presented several distinctive challenges, all of which the education and vendor relations committee diligently and successfully worked to overcome,” said Randy Newman, Conference Chair. “Once again, UTA stands out as the leader in default servicing education from the unique virtual format to the quality of the education. I am so grateful to have been allowed to once again lead the committee.”



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