Property Records Industry Association Elects Officers and Directors

Morrisville, N.C. – During its August 27-29 Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minn., the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA) elected seven directors in three categories for two-year terms on the Board of Directors.

Larry Burtness, recorder, Washoe County, Nev.; Kathi Guay, register of deeds, Merrimack County, N.H.; and Val Wood, chief deputy recorder/clerk, San Diego County, Calif., were elected directors in the recorder category. Charlie Epperson, chief technology officer, SigniaDocs; Karl Klessig, president, Corporation Service Co.; and Zachary Zaharek, vice president/senior corporate counsel, First American Title; were elected in the business category. Mark Ladd, director of channel sales, Simplifile, LLC, was re-elected in the at-large category.

Directors continuing for the second year of a two-year term include, Mary Louise Garcia, clerk, Tarrant County, Texas; and Kim LeGate, chief deputy of operations, Davidson County, Tenn., representing the recorder segment; Kelly Romeo, vice president, American Land Title Association, and David Ewan, underwriting counsel, Westcor Land Title Insurance Company, representing the business segment; and Joan McCalmant, recorder, Linn County, Iowa, and Scott Moore, vice president of sales and marketing, Fidlar Technologies, in the at-large segment.

When the 2013-14 board convened on Tuesday, August 27, for the first Board of Directors meeting of the new fiscal year, officers were elected for a one-year term. Ewan will serve as president, Burtness as vice president, McCalmant as secretary and Ladd as treasurer.

President Ewan remarked, “I anticipate a very productive year for PRIA. With our new strategic plan approved and shared with the committee and work group chairs, this board is eager to begin the work of bringing these goals to fruition. We are on the threshold of some very exciting initiatives and I am pleased to be at the helm of this dynamic organization.”

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