NTC Expands Their Philanthropic Efforts Nationwide In 2019

Nationwide Title Clearing, Inc. (NTC), the leading post-closing services provider for the nation’s largest financial institutions, investors and servicers, committed to several local and national non-profit organizations throughout 2019. For several years, NTC has been heavily involved with non-profit organizations in the Tampa Bay area such as the Humane Society of Pinellas, Feeding Tampa Bay, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities. As of January 2019, NTC is proud to announce they have expanded their philanthropic efforts nationwide.

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Community involvement and support for worthy causes is core to the culture at NTC. NTC’s culture is to contribute by volunteering, donating, and helping in any way that is not expected. The company supports employees in their charitable efforts and participates in several events throughout the year.

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“When people ask us why we do it, the answer is simple. It is because we care and NTC, as any established business, has a responsibility to ensure that non-profit organizations are supported and their cause disseminated,” said Danny Byrnes, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at NTC.

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NTC sponsors and supports their furry friends at the Humane Society of Pinellas in several events and donations throughout the year. The company sponsored the Humane Society of Pinellas’ annual Bark at the Ball Park event, where fans bring their furry friends to watch the ballgame. NTC also hosted a food drive for the Humane Societies Senior Pet Connection.

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NTC entered its 4th year of supporting Feeding Tampa Bay and hosted its annual Cereal for Summer food drive. Team members collected and donated over 500 boxes of cereal for children this Summer. WTSP Channel 10 News collaborated with Feeding Tampa Bay and the rest of the community collecting breakfast for families in need.

Most recently, NTC sponsored and attended the St. Pete Pride celebrations during the month of June in support of the LGBTQ+ community. Team members attended the Stonewall Reception, marched in the parade and hosted a booth during the festival. This is NTC’s first time sponsoring St. Pete Pride.

“NTC has always been an advocate of inclusion and diversity, from our Veteran’s Day recognition to our Women of NTC outing. We are proud of who we are and I think it is wonderful that we are always exploring new avenues to support our team,” said Santa Sorrentino, Marketing Director at NTC.

Expanding their outreach efforts nationwide, NTC attended and sponsored the Ruth Cheatham Foundation in Dallas, Texas, an organization that raises funds and helps those fighting cancer, especially children and teenagers. In addition, for the fourth consecutive year, NTC will be attending and sponsoring the Carrington Charitable Annual Golf Classic at Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach, California this coming October. The Carrington Charitable Foundation has many programs that support veterans who have sacrificed so much to ensure the safety of our nation.

In August, NTC team members will volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House and prepare meals for patients. This will be the companies seventh year volunteering for this organization. NTC is sponsoring the Boys and Girls Club gala in September and will sponsor the Gramatica Kickball Foundation’s annual Kick Ball tournament in October.

“For as long as I have worked at NTC, it has been a pleasure being as involved in our community as we have been. Each year we explore different charities and avenues of philanthropy, and I am grateful to be part of such an amazing company that is focused on giving back to our community,” said Sorrentino.

Industry Vet, Michael Ann Williamson, Joins NTC

Nationwide Title Clearing, Inc. (NTC), a post-closing services provider for the nation’s largest financial institutions, investors and servicers, announced today that Michael Ann Williamson will be joining a team of National Account Executives who are responsible for client relations and client services. She joins an elite group of subject matter experts adding many years of experience to an already impressive team. 

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“No company in the industry can compare to Nationwide Title Clearing when it comes to document-related services for the mortgage business,” Williamson said. “I was ready to work for the best and I feel fortunate that we were able to find such a great fit for my ambitions and abilities here at NTC. I’m very proud to be part of this team.”

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Williamson began her career in the industry in 1985 as a management trainee at Wachovia Bank. From there, she was promoted into the Personal Banker Program and received extensive training on the evaluation of credit worthiness and risk. She went on to lead a team at AT&T Universal Card, where she was promoted first to senior manager and ultimately to vice president. Most recently, she served as Vice President at Ditech Financial LLC. She took over the Document Custody Department in 2006, where she was responsible for Collateral Management, Servicing File Management, Imaging, Lien Release, Assignments, MERS, Subordinations and Easements. In her previous position, Williamson was a client of NTC and is well versed in both the company’s offerings and its culture.

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“Recruiting and hiring the best people is part of our culture and we take that work very seriously,” said NTC CEO John Hillman. “With Michael Ann, we get both a well-trained, high-performing account executive and also a former client who knows exactly what we can deliver and the high standards we maintain in our work. I’m very glad to have her on the team.”

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Williamson earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Service Provider Gives Back

Hard-working team members in the corporate headquarters of Nationwide Title Clearing (NTC), the leading post-closing services provider for the nation’s largest financial institutions, have signed up to cook for deserving families at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in St. Petersburg, Fla., on November 7 and 8, 2015. This particular location serves families with children checked into All Children’s Hospital for medical treatment.

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“The families that find themselves at this facility are not there willingly. Anything we can do to make their stay easier would be time well spent,” said NTC CEO John Hillman. “I’m proud that we’ll have team members in the Ronald McDonald House this month, doing what they can to make life a little bit easier for people who are going through a very difficult time.”

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NTC’s Marketing team visited with staff members of the Ronald McDonald East House to learn more about the mission and vision of this particular house. They learned that all expenses for the family are covered by the charity if they live over an hour from the hospital where their child is being treated, in this case All Children’s Hospital. The facility is staffed almost entirely by volunteers. While McDonald’s does help with various items, fundraising and volunteer efforts are handled by the charity itself.

“Without donations and volunteers from companies like ours, the small group of RMH volunteers would be hard pressed to provide services to these families,” said Gina Morales, VP of Marketing for NTC. “It’s an honor to support this worthwhile cause and I’m proud of the NTC teammates who are donating their time to perform this service.”

Indexing Best Practices Emerge

Nationwide Title Clearing, Inc. (NTC), a service provider to the mortgage and financial industry, announced today that Myron Finley, the firm’s Chief Legal Officer and co-chair of the Business Processes and Procedures Committee for the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA), was instrumental in leading a group of industry volunteers to complete work on PRIA’s Indexing Best Practices paper. Finley, along with his committee co-chair Kathi Guay, CPO and Register at the Merrimack County Registry of Deeds in New Hampshire, led a breakout session on the paper at the PRIA Winter Symposium held recently in Arlington, Virginia. The PRIA board approved the paper at that event. Here’s the scoop:

“One of the biggest challenges facing this industry in the last decade has been the migration of business records generally from those recorded on paper to those recorded electronically,” said Finley. “This has caused a shift in legal requirements, technology, document processing standards and compliance practices that have truly transformed nearly every aspect of public land records systems. These new best practices address this challenge.”

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The Indexing Best Practices paper was the first project the Business Processes and Procedures Committee took on after Finley joined the effort in 2013. A paper on the subject had been written by Carl Ernst, one of the early and pivotal members of PRIA, and approved by PRIA’s Board of Directors in 2002. However, considering the many pervasive technological changes since then, it was determined in the early summer of 2013 that the paper was due for an update.

As a result of a many-month-long examination of the subject by numerous volunteers from the PRIA membership, under the direction of Finley and Guay, the revised paper was presented at the Winter Symposium where it was adopted by the Board.

“PRIA works at the cutting edge of our industry, giving us all the tools we need to work together more effectively,” Finley said. “One of PRIA’s most important characteristics is its commitment to foster this discussion, and to apply the skills and resources of both the government participants and the business participants to the many challenges that face those intimately involved with public land records. I’m proud that our firm participates.”

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Finley was joined at the Winter conference by Brian Ernissee, NTC’s Director of Document Completion, who oversees the eRecording team. Under Ernissee’s direction, NTC has increased its eRecording capability to nearly 70% of total volume and established benchmark compliance systems in the areas of document review, legal document authorization (for states that require it) and signing authority.

“Recording documents in the public record has become a national industry, rather than a local one,” Ernissee said. “Many companies are challenged by the need to comply with the varying indexing systems and their accompanying rules in more than 3,600 recording jurisdictions nationwide. The need to do so slows the entire system and increases the costs of recording documents. To the extent recorders can work within an indexing model that is used broadly, documents can be recorded more swiftly and with greater confidence, and at a lower cost.”

PRIA is an organization with a unique voice in the land records industry that develops and promotes national standards and best practices. It builds consensus among divergent groups within the industry of what best practices are, and publishes the results to foster consistency and cooperation. It provides a forum where government agencies and commercial enterprises can work together to solve problems that are common to us all.

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NTC Reaches Out Through Music

Nationwide Title Clearing Inc. (NTC) participated in a big way for the 2014 Clearwater Jazz Holiday event. Wearing their signature blue polo shirts, NTC staff volunteers were stationed at the VIP table, working alongside some of Tampa Bay’s most notable political candidates, senators, and CEOs. NTC’s 20 staff and 8 family members contributed a total of 98 volunteer hours during the company’s second consecutive year volunteering for the event, and members are already looking forward to the next opportunity to serve their community.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday has become a local staple, this year celebrating its 35th anniversary in the community. NTC’s professionalism and positive attitude were noted again this year by event officials, and some staffers worked two shifts because they were enjoying themselves so much, says Janice Rush, NTC Community Relations Director.

“We were able to hear the music when we worked, so the atmosphere was relaxed,” Rush said. “When we finished volunteering…we could enjoy the show and fireworks from the seating area in the front of the stage.”

Rush and other NTC staff members were present for Saturday’s line-up that included a full evening of events, beginning with TomKats Jazz Orchestra with special guest Katt Hefner at 1:30 p.m., and ending with Dr. John & The Nite Trippers at 9:15 p.m. Fireworks were presented by HCA West Florida Pinellas County Hospital at 10:45 p.m.

Rush said she appreciated the extensive coordination that event staff made with her group. Volunteer positions are an essential part of running a large, weekend-long event like Clearwater Jazz Holiday. Bob Childress, CEO of Solace Insurance and President Emeritus on the Board of Directors for Clearwater Holiday Jazz Festival, expressed his thanks to the volunteers who manned the event.

“We truly appreciate the support of all of our volunteers,” Childress said. “It is particularly impressive that an organization of NTC’s size – with several hundred employees – is willing to provide assistance at local events that are beneficial to the whole community.”

The Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation supports music and arts education in the Tampa Bay area, providing scholarships to local students interested in pursuing jazz music and providing opportunities for students to experience jazz in a hands-on way. Altogether, the hours that NTC spent volunteering equated to approximately $1,000 in revenue earned for the foundation. According to the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, “students with an education rich in the arts have higher GPAs and standardized test scores, lower drop-out rates, and even better attitudes about community service…regardless of socio-economic status.”

NTC maintains strong ties to the Tampa Bay community by participating in several key causes and endeavors. This year alone, staffers have contributed to a company-wide blood drive, the Annual Palm Harbor Citrus Festival, Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, and the North Pinellas Branch of YMCA of the Suncoast.

Mortgage Companies Are Fighting For The Greater Good

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 1.7 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed in the United States in 2014. NTC, a research and document-processing provider for the mortgage and financial industry, is fighting back against this disease. Here’s how:

The company has long been a proponent of advancing cancer studies in the search for a cure, and the company has further demonstrated its commitment by participating in its fifth consecutive Relay For Life of Palm Harbor & Tarpon Springs event to increase awareness and fundraising efforts to benefit the American Cancer Society. The 18-hour, overnight event was held Friday, May 9 at 6:00 p.m. at Palm Harbor University High School. NTC’s final fundraising tally of $12,177.94 was an increase over last year’s total of $10,183.48, bringing the company’s lifetime Relay For Life fundraising total to $55,226.29.

Reports have shown that cancer causes more than twice as many deaths as AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined; additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) projects that “without immediate action, the global number of deaths from cancer will increase by nearly 80% by 2030, with most occurring in low? and middle-income countries.” These startling numbers have prompted NTC to not only encourage businesses nationwide to do their part in supporting efforts to find new treatments and possibly even a cure, but the company has also championed for Relay For Life during the past several years due to cancer’s global reach. Joellen Thompson, NTC’s Vice President of Marketing stated that the event has become a backbone of NTC’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives largely due to its ability to bring awareness to an illness which leads to 8 million deaths annually, one-third of which could be prevented as suggested by research, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

“Nearly everyone has been affected by cancer in some way, or they know someone who has been touched by the devastating illness,” said Rachel Becton Specialist for the Relay For Life Florida Division of the American Cancer Society, Inc. “When companies such as NTC offer their assistance and make it a personal mission to do everything within reach to help our organization, it allows us to get that much closer to furthering our research and finding a cure.”

NTC’s 2014 team theme for Relay For Life of Palm Harbor & Tarpon Springs was Glee, paired with the phrase, “Don’t Stop Believing.” NTC’s 30-person team was led by co-captains Thompson and Erika Lance, NTC’s Chief Information Officer, both of whom have participated in Relay For Life since NTC first joined the cause.

Lance commented that one of the most meaningful aspects of the event was the Luminary Ceremony, during which paper bags were lit in honor or memory of loved ones who have battled cancer. During the commemoration, all of the lights were turned off and the track was illuminated only by the bags as a young cancer survivor told the story of her journey to remission.

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