PRIA Announces Annual Conference Program for August 28-30

Morrisville, N.C. – The Property Records Industry Association (PRIA) will host its 2012 Annual Conference at The Peabody Memphis Hotel in Memphis, Tenn., on August 28-30. The conference and educational programs follow the theme “All Shook Up” and are designed to help attendees consider new and different ways of addressing issues affecting the property records industry.

PRIA is pleased to announce the highly anticipated featured speaker for the conference Bethany McLean, author of “All the Devils Are Here – The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis.” In addition to being a New York Times bestselling author, McLean is well-known for her reporting on the Enron scandal for Fortune magazine.

Dale Whitman, a panelist at the March 2012 PRIA Land Summit in Washington, D.C., is returning as a guest speaker on the topic of another way of looking at a national electronic registry system. Whitman is an entertaining and often controversial writer and speaker about the property records industry and will present “MERS Done Right,” one man’s opinion on “what MERS should have been.”

The overall conference program includes a full variety of educational workshops on various topics. In “Title 101 – A Day in the Life of a Title” a panel of title company representatives will explain the process of issuing a title policy and the importance of title insurance for consumer protection and the public record. Want to know what happens to a document when it’s electronically recorded? Attend “There and Back Again – A Document’s Tale” to learn about the lifecycle of a document in the eRecording process and to demystify eRecording. Learn about implementation strategies from various points of view, such as lender, title agent or settlement agent, vendor, portal, submitter and recorder in “eRecording Implementation Strategies – 101.” Participate in the “eRecording Trends and Practices” for information regarding technology and legal issues that affect business and recorders.

PRIA committees and workgroups also will have several opportunities for working sessions during the conference. Attendees are encouraged to sit in on these meetings to learn more about what’s happening in PRIA or to find out more information about volunteering. Also, attendees can expect facilitated discussions throughout the conference regarding the future of the property records industry.

Conference Co-chairs, Kim Legate, chief deputy of operations in Davidson County, Tenn., and Charlie Epperson, chief technology officer of SigniaDocs Inc., expect an enthusiastic turn out for the annual conference.
LeGate observed, “Early registration numbers suggest a record turnout for this conference, perhaps topping the 2011 Annual Conference in San Antonio where more than 150 attendees gathered for three-days of programming.”

Registration materials and hotel reservation access can be found on the PRIA website. For questions, contact the PRIA offices at 919.459.2081 or Email

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