Property Records Industry Association Elects Officers and Directors

Morrisville, N.C. – During its August 22-25 Annual Conference in Dubuque, Iowa, the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA) elected six directors in three categories for two-year terms on the Board of Directors.

Annette Hill, assistant commissioner/city register, New York City Department of Finance, N.Y.; and Diane Swoboda Peterson, real estate/recorder deputy, Woodbury Co., Iowa; were elected directors in the recorder category. This is Hill’s first term on the Board of Directors.

Ann Richards, director of sales and marketing, Pioneer Technology Group; and Kelly Romeo, vice president, American Land Title Association (ALTA); were elected directors in the business category. Both have served previous terms on the Board of Directors.

Jerry Lewallen, president, eRecording Partners Network; and Nancy Sotomayor, deputy of recording, Douglas Co., Colo.; were re-elected for two-year terms as directors at-large.
Directors continuing for the second year of a two-year term include, Larry Burtness, recorder, Washoe County, Nev.; Val Wood, chief deputy recorder/clerk, San Diego Co., Calif.; and Chris Walker, clerk, Jackson Co., Ore., representing government recorders.

Charlie Epperson, chief technology officer, SigniaDocs/MRN Cubed; Karl Klessig, CEO, The Extant Group; and Zachary Zaharek, senior corporate counsel, Data Trace – a subsidiary of First American Financial Corp.; continue into their second year representing the business sector.

Mark Ladd, vice president of regulatory and industry affairs for Simplifile, will continue on the board for 2016-17 as a director at-large.

The new board convened on Wednesday, August 24, to elect officers for one-year terms. Ladd was re-elected president, Burtness will continue as vice president, Swoboda Peterson will serve as secretary and Zaharek was elected to serve as treasurer. Officers and board members were sworn in during the membership lunch on Thursday, August 25, at the Hotel Julien.

According to President Ladd, “It is again a privilege to lead this vibrant organization. Having worked and volunteered with PRIA in several capacities during the past 15 years, I have seen this organization grow and prosper into a national voice in the real estate industry. I look forward to serving with my fellow board members in advancing the association’s strategic priorities.”

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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