UTA Members help shape the association's direction by participating on our five standing committees. Members are appointed to the committee by the committee Chair and serve on the committee for a three-year term. If you are interested in serving on one UTA's committees, please email the headquarters office and the appropriate committee chair will contact you.
A summary of each committee and its role and responsibilities follow:
The Membership Committee is responsible for informing the membership on all matters of relevance. This entails soliciting ideas and implementing suggestions to improve membership benefits. The Committee's main functions include: Membership Growth; Membership Maintenance; and Marketing & Fund Raising.
Chair: Susan Pettem, First American Mortgage Services
The Education Committee is responsible for coordinating programs for continuing education credit for various State licenses, such as attorneys, real estate brokers, lender's licenses, notary publics, or those relating to any Trustee Services. The committee also presents diverse programs of relevant and interest to the membership. The committee's main functions include: Overseeing and coordinating the annual educational conference; coordinating and promoting regional events; coordinating and overseeing the certification program.
Chair: Chris Pummill, NDeX West
The Legislative Committee reports to the Board of Directors on legislative issues of importance to the mission of UTA and is responsible for submitting its position on proposed legislation to the Board with respect to both California and non-California legislation. The committee also oversees distribution of UTA's Political Action Committee – CTA-PAC. CTA-PAC is used to promote sound legislation, fight radical legislative proposals and support political leaders in California who foster the growth of the trustee industry. Committee Members will help raise funds for the PAC.
Chair: T. Robert Finlay, Esq., Wright Finlay & Zak
PAC Chair: T. Robert Finlay, Esq., Wright Finlay & Zak
Legal Resources Committee
The Legal Resources Committee oversees the association's Amicus Briefs, as well as all legal and regulatory issues. The committee reviews State and Federal legislation and regulations that affect the trustee industry, and advises the Board and membership of any legal entity's actions that affect the membership. The committee is responsible for providing legal advice or information as necessary to the Board of Directors.
Chair: Martin T. McGuinn, Esq., Kirby & McGuinn
The Committee oversees the association's General Accounting, proposes the annual Budget to the Board of Directors and is responsible for all internal audits.
Chair: Randy Newman, Total Lender Solutions