Welcome to another great year with the Arizona Trustee Association. I am honored to be your President this year. I am committed to making positive changes so that you can get more out of your membership. One change so far is a new venue for our monthly educational luncheons. Starting in April, the luncheons will be at Bluewater Grill! Bluewater has a really nice private room for us and excellent plated entrees to choose from. Join us for the next luncheon and try out the great menu. The Board is also planning to try a new venue for the Annual Meeting/Holiday Party. This year is going to be exciting!
I am also focused on increasing our membership and increasing member participation. I am calling on all current members to please reach out to our industry colleagues and invite them to a luncheon, or the annual convention, or the holiday party. We especially need some young blood in the ATA to carry on the strength and values of the ATA. I am also asking all members to join a committee. The Convention Committee is about to have its first meeting to start organizing this year’s annual convention so please contact the Co-Chairs today to volunteer! Brenda Tucson and Tracey (Bayne) Drummond are experts at putting the convention together but they need your help!! Katie Terbush is the Education Chair again this year and has been doing an excellent job, but she could use your help and ideas. Please send her your ideas for speakers and educational topics for lunches and the convention.
Great news on the legislative front! The ATA joined the UTA, CMA and CMBA in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Obduskey v. McCarthy Holthus. The circuit courts were divided on the subject of whether non-judicial foreclosures are covered by the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). In a unanimous decision, SCOTUS held that businesses engaged in non-judicial foreclosure proceedings do NOT qualify as debt collectors under the FDCPA. Your continued support of the ATA allows us to help protect our industry.
This case is a good reminder of one of the reasons the ATA exists. Since its inception, the ATA has been actively involved in Arizona legislation. In fact, ATA members have helped draft most of the current Arizona Deed of Trust statutes and have been instrumental in shooting down proposal legislation that would be bad for our industry. For the past few years, the ATA has retained Triadvocates as our lobbyist. Lauren King has done a great job of keeping our Legislative Committee apprised of new bills that may affect our industry and then advocating for or against those bills depending upon the ATA’s best interest. A huge shout out to Lauren, Chris McNichol and the Legislative Committee.
SAVE THE DATE: The Annual Convention will be a Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort and Casino in Maricopa, Arizona, August 21-23, 2019. This a week earlier than usual so please put these dates on your calendar.
Again, thank you for trusting me to lead the ATA this year. We have a terrific Board of Directors this year and I am confident in our ability to make this year the best ever. I am always available to hear your ideas for making the ATA even better than it is (if that is possible), so please call or email me with your thoughts and ideas.
Kim R. Lepore, Esq.
602-282-6188 x 203