Providing A Voice For Our Escrow Industry

“Passing it Forward” or “Giving it Back” takes many forms. Providing one-to-one help when needed to established escrow peers is one way, so is mentoring those who are starting their career in the profession. Another way is by conducting teaching seminars on important subjects to the general public, the real estate and other related industries as well as the escrow community. These efforts all provide a great deal of satisfaction.

One more way of making a contribution is by giving the time and making the effort to take our issues to those who make the regulatory decisions which affect us – to our Legislators and State representatives in Sacramento and to our Congressional representatives on Capitol Hill.

Under the aegis of the Escrow Institute of California the focus in the recent years has been on getting our voices heard in Washington D.C., working to effectuate changes to laws which have passed but have unintended consequences that affect the way we handle our clients’ escrow transactions on a day-to-day basis.

This advocacy is ongoing and it will always be one of my ways of making a difference.

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At the end of a long day stumping through the miles on 5 inch heels,
and as I looked down one hallway and another, Robert Frost’s poem just begged to be delivered …

Two roads diverged under silver lights,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in around the corner growth;

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in Rayburn/Dirksen Halls Of Power, and I—

I wondered, do I go down this hall?
Or that one reaching out unto the other branch?
Which road shall get me to my goal
With less steps, my feet ask...
And such has been the question
Time and again these past 4 days...

Thank you, Mr. Frost, for providing the inspiration and please don’t turn over in your grave.
May 13, 2016, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.

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