Property Records Industry Association Elects Officers and Directors

Morrisville, N.C. – During its August 25-28 Annual Conference in Long Beach, Calif., the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA) elected six directors in three categories for two-year terms on the Board of Directors.

Kim LeGate, chief deputy of operations, Davidson County, Tenn., and Diane Swoboda Peterson, deputy recorder, Woodbury County, Iowa, were elected directors in the recorder category. LeGate starts her second two-year term as a member of the board.

Ann Richards, business development, Pioneer Technology Group, and Kelly Romeo, vice president, American Land Title Association, were elected in the business category. Romeo begins her fifth two-year term as a board member.

Nancy Sotomayor, recording manager, Douglas County, Colo., and Jerry Lewallen, president, eRecording Partners Network, were elected to at-large positions. Both are new to the PRIA board for 2014-15.
Directors continuing for the second year of a two-year term include, 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., all representing government members.

Charlie Epperson, chief technology officer, SigniaDocs; Karl Klessig, president, CSC eRecording Solutions; and Zachary Zaharek, vice president and senior corporate counsel, First American Corp., represent the business members. Mark Ladd, director of channel sales, Simplifile, continues as an at-large member of the board.

The 2014-15 board convened on Thursday, August 28, Vice President Burtness swore in the newly elected board members. The new board proceeded to elect officers for one-year terms. Ladd will serve as president, Burtness will continue as vice president, Swoboda Peterson will serve as secretary and Romeo as treasurer.

According to President Ladd, “It is an honor to have been elected president of this great organization. Having participated in PRIA in several capacities during the past 14 years, I know the size of the shoes I’ll need to fill. There are great opportunities ahead of us and I consider it a privilege to be entrusted by my peers to lead PRIA at this exciting time.”

About PRIA
PRIA develops and promotes national standards and best practices for the property records industry by:    
• Identifying appropriate opportunities for collaboration among industry stakeholders       
• Developing recommendations for standards and best practices       
• Encouraging and supporting the adoption of such standards and practices       
• Providing a clearinghouse for property-records-related information       
• Educating members, industry stakeholders and the public about the property records industry       
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