Ten Years and Counting – Edwards Abstract and Title Co. Sponsors
10th Annual State of Real Estate Forum
The State of Real Estate Forum was a the result of progressive thinking and ideas shared by Byron Jay Lewis, Chairman of the Board & C.E.O. of Edwards Abstract and Title Co. and Elva Jackson Garza, Vice President & Marketing Manager. The real estate industry was robust in 2003 and the market was clicking. Commercial and residential properties were being listed and sold at a record pace across the Rio Grande Valley, the state of Texas and the country.
During that time, Edwards Abstract and Title Co. had expanded operations to the city of Mission and was the first to introduce a new product, SureClose Transaction Management System, in the market. Progress was also being made in cooperation with the Hidalgo County Clerk’s office in introducing E-Recording of transactions directly from the five branch offices of Edwards Abstract and Title Co.
As leaders in the title insurance industry, Edwards Abstract and Title Co. saw the need to provide real estate professionals tools and resources that would directly impact and help their operation. Thus, the State of Real Estate Forum came to fruition. “Edwards Abstract and Title Co.’s journey during the past thirteen decades has been one of growth, resiliency, commitment to our craft and our customers and most of all to embrace change,” said Byron Jay Lewis. “I am very proud of our teams in Hidalgo and Cameron Counties as we forge forward and continue to serve the Rio Grande Valley and South Texas,” he added.
A very important component and partner to the ongoing success of the State of Real Estate Forum is Dr. Ted C. Jones, PhD. He currently serves as Senior Vice President & Chief Economist for Stewart Title Guaranty Company and Director of Investor Relations for Stewart Information Services Corporation (NYSE-STC).
Dr. Jones has reserved time on his schedule to be in the Valley as the key note speaker for the past eight years. His recognized specialty is applied real estate research. An accomplished speaker, he typically gives more than 150 presentations across the nation on real estate and the economic outlook each year.
The State of Real Estate Forum was created as a unique program that provides the latest data related to the local, state and national economy and real estate industry. In previous years, Dr. Jones has head lined the State of Real Estate Forum with statistics on the commercial and residential housing markets, impact of financial institutions on the economy; oil and gas production and various other indicators that affect the overall economy.
The 10th Annual State of Real Estate Forum will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at the McAllen Convention Center located at 700 Convention Center Blvd. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program will start at 9:00 a.m. with Dr. Ted Jones’ presentation on The New Normal for the Economy and Real Estate.
Edwards Abstract and Title Co. is pleased to welcome Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. as a guest speaker. His presentation will be scheduled from 10:00 to 10:30. With the beginning of the 84th Texas Legislative Session at hand, Senator Lucio will highlight some of the bills, laws and legislative matters that will affect Texans during 2014.
Senator Lucio has served the Rio Grande Valley and the state of Texas as a House Member during 1986-1990 and elected to the Senate in 1991. In addition to his Senate Committee assignments, Senator Lucio serves on the Texas Legislative Council he created and sits on the Interagency Task Force on Children with Special Needs and serves as chair of the Texas Tourism Caucus. He also represents Texas on a number of national committees. In 2003, Senator Lucio was honored by his colleagues when they elected him President Pro Tempore of the Senate for 78th Legislature.
During his career, Senator Lucio’s priorities have focused on public and higher education; economic development; access to quality health care; and the needs of children, the elderly, and those with special needs.
Senator Lucio has passed hundreds of bills, including those creating the University of Texas Health Science Center-South Texas. On December 12, 2013 Senator Lucio acknowledged the occasion of the University of Texas System Board of Regents vote to name the new System university as the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley that will include the medical school.
Ismael Delgado, Executive Director of the San Juan Economic Development Corporation has also accepted the invitation to participate in the State of Real Estate Forum. The City of San Juan has made a name for itself by attracting several dealerships along Interstate 2 (formerly known as Expressway 83). Future plans to continue the cities vibrant growth will have an important impact on commercial and residential potential in the community. Delgado worked for The University of Texas Pan American for over seventeen years. During his tenure, he contributed to economic, business, and community development, including providing technical assistance to businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. His presentation will cover: Unique Strategic Regional Location & Economic Direction; Industry Cluster as an Anchor for High-End Retail Development and Unique Opportunities in the city of San Juan. He is scheduled to speak from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Edwards Abstract and Title Co. is one of the largest independently owned title insurance providers in the South Texas region with seven locations. As of 2010, the addition of three full service branch offices in CameronCounty expanded the title insurance provider’s service area to Harlingen, Brownsville and South Padre Island and the surrounding communities. Edwards Abstract and Title Co. also operates four branch offices in HidalgoCounty, one of the fastest growing areas in the nation, with full service locations in Edinburg, Weslaco, McAllen and Mission. The company was established in 1880.
Edwards Abstract and Title Co. is proud to announce that the Brownsville office is making a move to a new and more convenient location. Effective January 6, 2014, the Brownsville Team will be operating at 1075 Paredes Line Road.
For more information regarding the 10th Annual State of Real Estate Forum, contact Elva Jackson Garza, Vice President/Marketing Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 383-4951.
Edwards Abstract and Title Co.’s invited guest speakers over the years have included representatives from Economic Development Corporations, City Manager Panels; Hidalgo and Cameron County Judges; Congressman Ruben Hinojosa and local legislators. Pictured with Dr. Ted C. Jones, PhD are several speakers and guests during the 2012 State of Real Estate Forum: Brandon Linscomb, Stewart Title Guaranty Company; DD Hoffman, Executive Vice President (Edwards Abstract and Title Co.); Patrick Beall, Stewart Title Guaranty Company; Guy S. Huddleston, III, Corporate Ambassador (Edwards Abstract and Title Co.); Fred Sandoval, Pharr City Manager/Pharr Economic Development Corporation; Keith Patridge, President & C.E.O., McAllen Economic Development Corporation and Byron Jay Lewis, Chairman of the Board & C.E.O. (Edwards Abstract and Title Co.).
222 East Van Buren St. in Harlingen was buzzing with activity as The Harlingen Team welcomed almost 90 guests during the open house and ribbon cutting held on November 13. Bill Rountree; David Kithcart; Paula Martin and David Rodriguez were wonderful hosts as they mingled with city leaders and members of the business community. The Harlingen Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassadors committee held the official ribbon cutting ceremony to kick off the event. Best wishes and congratulations to the Harlingen Team on this memorable occassion!!!
Bill Rountree holds the “big scissors” as the group prepares to cut the ribbon.
Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell attended the ribbon cutting and congratulated the members of the Edwards Team.
Bill Rountree poses with several community leaders who were winners of several gift certificates and Edwards gift baskets.
Paula made sure all of the details were taken care of as the Team prepares to welcome guests.
Having a great time!
All smiles after the ribbon cutting.
David Kithcart and guests enjoying the evening.
Longtime customer and friend of Edwards Abstract and Title Co. was surprised to hear his name announced as the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year. He was nominated and selected for his service and commitment to many of the Chambers programs. Congratulations to Jeff from all of the members of the Edwards Team!
Pictured with Jeff and his award are Mary; Marilyn; Mary; Diana and Elva.
Melissa Correa, investigative reporter with KRGV Channel 5 was the mistress of ceremonies during the Weslaco Chamber Annual Banquet. Melissa did an outstanding job. She is as vivacious and full of joy as she appears in our living rooms every day. Members of the Edwards Management Team who attended the banquet had the pleasure of chatting with Melissa.
There is a family connection with Edwards and Melissa. She is the daughter of Rene Correa, manager if the Title Production Dept.
Pictured are: Diana Kaufold; Elva Jackson Garza; Melissa Correa; Mary Barrientos; Marilyn De Luna and Mary Arce.
Edwards Abstract and Title Co. is pleased to announce the 1st Annual State of Real Estate Forum in Cameron County is scheduled on Thursday, November 7 at the Holiday Inn in Brownsville.
Edwards Abstract and Title Co. is pleased to announce that the title insurance company will host the State of Real Estate Forum in both Cameron and Hidalgo Counties.
Edwards Abstract and Title Co. has expanded the service area to Cameron County effective September, 2010. Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Byron Jay Lewis. has made a commitment to real estate industry professionals in Cameron County by hosting the 1st Annual State of Real Estate Forum in Brownsville. The 1st Annual State of Real Estate Forum will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at the Holiday Inn located at 3777 N. Expressway in Brownsville. Registration will start at 8:30 and the program begins at 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
The 1st Annual State of Real Estate Forum in Cameron County will welcome keynote speaker Dr. James P. Gaines, Research Economist with the Texas A & M Real Estate Center. Special invited guests who will participate in the Forum are Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos who will share a State of the County presentation. Dr. Juliet V. Garcia, President of the University of Texas Brownsville will speak on The New University and anticipated changes and opportunities with the merger of University of Texas Pan American and UT Brownsville.
The State of Real Estate Forum is an important component of Edwards Abstract and Title Co.’s business model. The State of Real Estate Forum was created as a unique program that provides the latest data related to the local, state and national economy and real estate industry.
Edwards Abstract and Title Co. is the largest independently owned title insurance provider in the South Texas region with seven locations. As of 2010, the addition of three full service branch offices in Cameron County expanded the title insurance provider’s service area to Harlingen, Brownsville and South Padre Island and the surrounding communities. Edwards Abstract and Title Co. also operates four branch offices in Hidalgo County, one of the fastest growing areas in the nation, with full service locations in Edinburg, Weslaco, McAllen and Mission. The company was established in 1880.
There is no cost to attend the 1st Annual State of Real Estate Forum. However, reservations are required. The deadline to register is October 31. For more information regarding the State of Real Estate Forums in Cameron and Hidalgo Counties, contact Elva Jackson Garza, Vice President/Marketing Manager at email@example.com or 383-4951.