Shipman Joins PYA as Director within ALTA Best Practices Services Group

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Steve Shipman has joined national certified public accounting and consulting firm PYA within its American Land Title Association’s (ALTA) Best Practices Services Group.

teve Shipman has joined national certified public accounting and consulting firm PYA within its American Land Title Association’s (ALTA) Best Practices Services Group.

Steve Shipman

Steve’s expertise and regulatory insight will strengthen our team of title industry professionals, enhancing the level of service we provide and helping clients navigate regulatory matters that impact their businesses.

Steve Shipman has joined PYA as a director within its ALTA Best Practices Services Group. Shipman brings 25 years of invaluable and diverse investigative, insurance, and real estate settlement regulatory experience to his new role at PYA.

For the last 15 years, Shipman led the Real Estate Settlement Agent (RESA) Investigative Unit for the Commonwealth of Virginia. His background as a state regulator for the title insurance industry will enhance the title insurance and settlement company services PYA already offers—ALTA Best Practices assessments, tax planning and preparation, merger-and-acquisition advisory, and succession planning—allowing for expanded consulting services that include agency operations and affiliated business arrangements.

“Steve’s experience conducting investigations is congruent with the rigorous approach that PYA takes in administering Best Practices assessments for title and settlement agents. That experience, coupled with his direct work in complaint resolution, makes him an ideal fit for guiding title agents through the industry’s regulatory complexities. We are delighted to have someone of Steve’s background join our team,” said Matthew Rekers, Director of PYA’s ALTA Best Practices Services Group.

Within the regulatory environment, Shipman has developed and maintained working relationships on both a state and national level. He has testified in state and federal hearings involving criminal and regulatory matters and worked with staff and opposing attorneys involving depositions, subpoenas, affidavits, settlement offers, and legislative matters, including code interpretation and application. Shipman also supervised all aspects of unit activities, including case assignment, audit, settlement negotiation, training, and staff evaluation.

According to Mike Shamblin, PYA’s Managing Principal of Audit and Assurance Services, “Steve’s expertise and regulatory insight will strengthen our team of title industry professionals, enhancing the level of service we provide and helping clients navigate regulatory matters that impact their businesses. He will be an invaluable addition to our firm, and we look forward to watching our clients benefit from his contributions.”

Shipman graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He holds an active Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation. He has attended numerous state-sponsored management and leadership programs, as well as the John E. Reid School of Interviewing and Interrogation.

About PYA

For over three decades, Pershing Yoakley & Associates (PYA), a national professional services firm providing management consulting and accounting has helped its clients navigate and derive value amid complex challenges. In addition to serving the healthcare and financial institutions industries, PYA serves the title industry with a comprehensive list of offerings, including: ALTA Best Practices implementation and assessment; strategic planning; mergers and acquisitions; tax compliance; and regulatory compliance.

PYA’s steadfast commitment to an unwavering client-centric culture has served the firm’s clients well. PYA is ranked 103rd by INSIDE Public Accounting’s “Top 200” Largest Accounting Firms. PYA affiliate companies offer clients world-class data analytics, professional real estate development and advisory resources, self-insured employer health insurance claims audits for Fortune 500 companies, wealth management and retirement plan administration, and business transitions consulting.

PYA is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee. For more information, please visit http://www.pyabestpractices.com/

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