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ALTA Confers National Title Professional Designations

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Washington, D.C.-based American Land Title Association has announced the award of a National Title Professional (NTP) to Mary Jo Edmiston, MTP and Zachary A. Ruroden. The designation recognizes land title professionals who demonstrate the knowledge, experience, and dedication essential to the safe and efficient transfer of real property.

Formally acknowledged with her NTP designation on Feb. 1, 2019, Edmiston and Ruroden join 97 other leaders from across the United States who also have devoted their careers and themselves to the land title insurance industry.

“The NTP designation is bestowed only upon land title industry professionals who have made an extraordinary commitment to the industry and proved themselves through a rigorous vetting process,” said ALTA President Cynthia Durham Blair NTP. “Mary Jo’s hard work, extensive experience, and active participation make her an excellent example for the industry; her designation is well-deserved. I invite other land title insurance experts to apply for this achievement.”

“Zach’s hard work, extensive experience, and education advocacy make him an excellent example for the industry; his designation is well-deserved. I invite other land title insurance experts to apply for this achievement,” Durham Blair added.

A land title industry professional since 1987, Edmiston is the executive vice president of Boone Central Title Co. in Columbia, Mo. She is very active in the Missouri Land Title Association (MLTA), earning her Missouri Title Professional designation in September 2017. She was president of the MLTA from 2016-2017 and currently serves on several committees. Additionally, she is a member of the Women’s Council of Realtors and the Columbia Home Builders Association.

“The Iowa Land Title Association [ILTA] congratulates Zach for his hard work and dedication to the title industry and as the first Iowan to receive the NTP designation,” said ILTA Executive Director Jan Gemar. “It is an honor to work with Zach during his many years of service to the ILTA.”

The president of Fritcher Abstract Co. Inc. in Storm Lake, Iowa, and G.T. Murphy Abstract Co. in New Hampton, Iowa, Ruroden has more than 20 years of experience in the abstract and title industry. Currently, president-elect of the Iowa Land Title Association, he will be installed as the president in May 2019. Ruroden also has served on multiple ILTA committees during his years of service to the association. He earned his ILTA Certified Land Title Professional designation in November 2016.

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Radhika Ojha is a freelance writer and editor. A former Online Editor for MReport, she is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her master’s degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas.
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