Property Records Industry Association Elects Officers and Directors

Raleigh, N.C.During its August 26-29 Annual Conference held in Colorado Springs, CO, the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA) elected seven directors in three categories to serve two-year terms on the Board of Directors.

Gerald Smith, recorder, St. Louis Co., MO; and Chris Walker, clerk, Jackson Co., OR; were re-elected directors in the recorder category.  Sharon Martin, register of deeds, Washington Co., WI, joins the board for her first two-year term on the board.

Penny Reed, senior vice president with Wells Fargo, was re-elected to a second two-year board term in the business category.

Dan Shmukler, regional account manager, Harris Recording Solutions; and Brian Ernissee, vice president, Nationwide Title Clearing; also were elected directors in the business category.  This is the first term on the PRIA Board of Directors for both Shmukler and Ernissee.

Larry Burtness, manager of customer operations at Figure Technologies, was elected in the at-large director category.

Directors continuing for the second year of a two-year board term are Annette Hill, city register/assistant commissioner, N.Y. Dept. of Finance; and Diane Swoboda Peterson, deputy recorder, Woodbury Co., IA; representing recorders.

Elizabeth Blosser, director of grass roots and state government affairs, American Land Title Association (ALTA); and Jana Miyasaki, senior project manager, CSC; continue into their second year representing the business sector.

Jerry Lewallen, president, eRecording Partners Network; and Joyce Mascena, clerk/registrar of vital statistics/election official, Town of Glastonbury, CT; continue on the board for a final year as at-large directors.

Mark Ladd, vice president of regulatory and industry affairs for Simplifile, will remain on the board in an ex officio capacity as immediate past president.

The new board convened on Wednesday, August 28, to elect officers for one-year terms.  Burtness was elected president, Lewallen will serve as vice president, Hill takes over the position of treasurer and Smith was elected to the position of secretary.

According to President Burtness, “I am honored to be re-elected by my fellow board members to the chief leadership position for PRIA for a second year and to serve with such a prominent group of industry professionals.  My goal is to advance the current PRIA initiatives and to advance PRIA’s strategic goals for the coming year.”

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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