Dear Fellow Member,
In an effort to continue the excellent work of my predecessors of the Arizona Trustee Association, I’d like to take this time to update you on the ATA “behind the scenes”, so to speak. We believe it is important to keep our members well-informed so that you know and trust in the value of your continued and appreciated membership – not only on our scheduled educational events, but with all aspects of the ATA.
As you may or may not know, we have a new lobbyist representing us at Triadvocates, Lauren King. Triadvocates has done an amazing job with representing the best interests of the ATA previously and we have every confidence that Lauren will continue to do a great job. This past week, often referred to as “Hell Week”, has officially ended, which means it’s time for bills to start crossing over to the opposite chamber. I know Lauren is very busy at the Capitol, but I anticipate her giving us a legislative recap at the May 9th Luncheon and at the Convention. To date, I’m not aware of any legislation that impacts our trustee sale industry, but I have every confidence that the ATA will continue to be well represented by Triadvocates.
In December 2016, the UTA approached the ATA with a request of support for an Amicus Brief filing regarding the case, 10-56884 Vien-Phuong Ho v. ReconTrust Co., et al “Submit Amicus Brief With Consent per FRAP 29(a) – the borrower in this case and its amicus allies requested a Petition for Review or En Banc review by the Ninth Circuit. The issue before the court is whether a trustee conducting a trustee sale is considered a “debt collector” under the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act. The initial ruling by the court was favorable to the ATA that stated trustees are not “debt collectors’ within the meaning of the Act. Keep your fingers crossed that the court does not change its decision. The ATA has contributed to this brief previously and therefore, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to assist the UTA in a further contribution this year.
At our January 2017 Board meeting, the Board discussed increasing the monthly luncheon fee. The ATA has maintained the same luncheon fee for many years while instituting Paypal as an easier way to pay for the luncheons, and other events, while still working on ways to continue making payment more convenient for our members. As the times progress, some of our trusted venues have increased their rates and therefore, the ATA Board has voted to increase the luncheon fee to $35 for our members. Not a big increase, but by doing so, this will ensure that the ATA will not be operating at a loss when it comes to these monthly events.
For those who do not attend the monthly luncheons, you missed an exciting announcement at our February Luncheon. After much consideration and a final vote with the Board of Directors, the 2017 ATA Annual Convention will be held at the Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona! This is a year that we would typically have chosen a Phoenix location, however 2017 is the 30th anniversary of the ATA and a special anniversary deserves a special location! If you did not get the chance to attend the convention last time we were at Enchantment, I highly recommend and encourage you and your office peers to come join us this year. The Convention Committee is gearing up to start the Convention planning so if you have any ideas on education topics, speakers, or our Thursday night entertainment for that matter, PLEASE let one of our Convention Committee members or Board members know. YOU are the reason that the ATA continues to be a success and we highly encourage new ideas and new people to get involved with the ATA.
At this time, I want to express my gratitude to Katie TerBush for accepting the role of ATA Education Chair, in addition to being our Newsletter Chair. The Education Chair is not an easy position to fill and the person in this role works endlessly to search for new and interesting topic material that will benefit our membership. I think Katie is doing a fantastic job with the education and I’m so grateful to have her in the ATA! Not to mention the Newsletters – have you seen them? They are beautiful! Thanks so much Katie!
I also want to let you know that Rhonda Patterson has accepted the ATA Membership Chair role, as well as maintaining the Website Chair position since I have my plate full with Presidential things…lol. Rhonda has stepped up to the plate and is doing an amazing job getting everyone’s membership taken care of, so thank you Rhonda! Rick Chambliss is continuing as Legislative Chair, with Brenda Tucson and myself, Tracey Bayne, as Convention Co-Chairs.
Lastly, the Board is continuing to work on “livestreaming” the Luncheons and we need your input! It would REALLY be helpful to us if you would complete the survey that will be sent out regarding the livestreaming on Monday (2/27) morning – we need your opinions and feedback please!
Thank you for your support!
ATA President – 2017