2015 NTLA Conference Draws National Attention and Encourages Innovative Dialogue

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Over 250 investors, servicers, lenders, tax collectors, technology professionals, attorneys, and secondary market traders from around the country came together to attend the National Tax Lien Association Annual Meeting and Conference from February 25-27, 2015. Attendees shared a joint interest in discussing and improving tax lien sale programs, utilized as an effective tool by municipalities nationwide to recoup lost revenue resulting from non-payment of property taxes.

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“On behalf of the NTLA, I want to thank the 45 individuals who presented at the conference and ultimately ensured meaningful dialogue about tax lien sales nationwide." Brad Westover, Executive Director of the NTLA said.

This year’s three-day conference centered on the theme “The Vault is Now Open” and scheduled events geared toward seven key “vaults”: Servicing-portfolio management, Government, Acquisitions, REO Management, Financial, Legal-Ethics-Public Relations and Networking. The conference offered over 37 hours of presentations, panel discussions, and networking events where attendees largely discussed best practices and how to improve the industry’s relationship with both local governments and taxpayers.

Highlights from the weekend included:

  • Jim Meeks, MTAG Services, gave a legislative report on the 47 bills that stand to impact the tax lien industry and summarized the NTLA’s position and action plan with respect to many of these bills.
  • Dave Dering, Grant Street Group, and Thomas Kennedy, Broward County Tax Collector, presented a report on the results of Florida’s 2014 tax certificate auction.
  • Mikhail Vanyo, US Department of Justice, and Brian Dickerson, Roetzel & Andres, provided information on how the Sherman Antitrust Act impacts the tax lien industry;
  • Elliot Eisenberg, former Senior Economist with the National Association of Home Builders, gave the keynote address on the State of the United States Economy and forecasted real estate projections for 2015.
  • Capital One Bank, MTAG Services, Tax Title Services, and Regents Park were among the conference sponsors whose generous support made the event possible.

Bruce Bronster, President of the NTLA emphasized, “The program was outstanding, the execution was flawless, the entertainment was fun, and the food was great. All in all, it was a smashing success.”

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