Escrow Associates of San Gabriel Valley

2019 President Theme: “Be a pineapple: Stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside."

EASGV was formed in 1954 and was chartered as a regional association of the California Escrow Association in 1957. CEA is a statewide organization of professional escrow practitioners. The vision of the California Escrow Association is to both lead and support the escrow settlement services and real estate and financial industries through our commitment to the professional and personal growth of the escrow practitioner. The California Escrow Association was founded in 1956 and represents thousands of escrow officers and those individuals who support the escrow industry. The organization is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards in escrow through continuing education and legislative advocacy.

General Membership Meetings

STEP 1: Please download the flyer and RSVP by emailing the completed Meeting Notice to: or fax to 503-270-2560.

STEP 2: Did you complete Step 1 first? After you have completed Step 1, then you may pay in advance by Credit Card here:

Or to pay by Check, you may make your check payable to: “Escrow Associates of San Gabriel Valley” and bring it with you to the meeting, or mail it to the address on the flyer.

DISCLAIMER: Presentations at our dinner meetings, seminars, and workshops are for informational purposes only and are not and may not be construed as legal advice. EASGV is a professional organization, not a law firm, and does not offer legal services of any kind. No third-party entity may rely upon anything contained in meetings, seminars, and workshops when making legal and/or other determinations regarding title, escrow and related practices. You should consult with an attorney prior to embarking upon any specific course of action.

Upcoming Meeting:

October 17, 2019 - John M. Gerro, Esq., Jason Gerro, Esq., and Jason Barth, Esq., Real Estate Attorneys at Law, "Whoever tells the best story wins." - John Quincy Adams

Archived Meeting Notices:

October 17, 2019 - John M. Gerro, Esq., Jason Gerro, Esq., and Jason Barth, Esq., Real Estate Attorneys at Law, "Whoever tells the best story wins." - John Quincy Adams

September 19, 2019 - Juliana Tu, CSEO, CEO, CBSS, CEI, SASIP, 2019 CEA President, "All the Reasons Why You Need to be Part of the Pack"

July 18, 2019 - Gov Hutchinson, Esq., California Association of REALTORS®, "Have You Heard About the Changes to the CAR Contract?"

June 20, 2019 - Sonia Caramazza and Jessica Butkiewicz with the California Franchise Tax Board, "Let’s Dive Deep into Franchise Tax Board Real Estate Withholding"

May 16, 2019 - Kathy Gloster, Los Angeles County Tax Collector, Jeffrey Prang, Los Angeles County Assessor, and Paul Bernal, Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller, "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About How Our Tax System Works But Were Afraid To Ask"

April 18, 2019 - A Panel of Escrow Professionals presents: "What’s happening on YOUR escrow desk today? Let’s sit down and talk."

March 21, 2019 - James Hayden, Battalion Chief, Los Angeles Fire Dept., "Weed Abatements, Unrecorded Liens & the 9A Report"

February 21, 2019 - Somjita Mitra, PHD, Director/Institute for Applied Economics, "Real Estate Forecast for 2019"

January 17, 2019 - Rose Pothier, Esq., Pothier & Assoc., "New Laws; New Court Cases; Cannabis & You"

October 18, 2018 - Juliana Tu, VivaEscrow! Inc., Josette Loaiza, Old Republic National Title, plus a Surprise Guest, "Meet the Experts - Escrow Q&A"

September 20, 2018 - Bill Ukropina, CBC Advisors, "10 Proven Methods to Increase Your Business!"

July 19, 2018 - Maggie Becerra & Janet Godoy, L.A. County Dept. of Consumer Business Affairs, "Fraud Prevention"

June 21, 2018 - Lee Wilson, First American Title, "Review Time - Title Policies & Current Claims"

May 17, 2018 - John D. Reyes, Social NetworX Inc., "Digital Marketing that Produces Real Results"

April 19, 2018 - Michael W. Brooks, Esq., "Foreign Seller/FIRPTA Update"

March 15, 2018 - Franchise Tax Board, "Withholding requirements, common errors when completing FTB forms, withholding agent responsibilities, foreign sellers and much more!"

February 15, 2018 - Speaker Panel to include: Mickey Vandenberg, WFG National Title, Craig C. Page, CLTA, Jaime T. Pailma, L.A. County Registrar Recorder. "SB2 - Recording Fees Update on Implementation"

January 18, 2018 - Matt Davis, Esq., Davis & Davis Law Group, "2018 Escrow Forecast"

October 19, 2017 - Join us for EASGV’s 60th Anniversary Celebration!

September 21, 2017 - Lee Wilson, First American Title Company, Recent Title Claims “Things we should make sure we are NOT doing!”

July 20, 2017 - Bill Ukropina, CBC Advisors, "Marketing your Business and Self on Steroids"

June 15, 2017 - Nancy B. Silberberg, Altus Escrow, and Mickey Vandenberg, WFG National Title Insurance Company, "Discussion of the 'best of times' and the 'worst of times' from an escrow desk"

May 18, 2017 - Jeffrey Prang, L.A. County Assessor, "Overview of new changes and initiatives"; and Michael Christensen, LGS Compliance, "SB-407 and Requirements for 9A (and similar) Reports"

April 20, 2017 - “Diversity and Inclusion" Bank of America Panel: Intergenerational Network (IGEN) Randy Caruso; Asian Leadership Network (ALN) Vinh Ngo; Hispanic/Latino Organization for Leadership and Advancement (HOLA) Gil Flores; Black Professional Group (BPG) Telebah Woods

March 16, 2017 - Greg I. Anderson, Esq., “Behind the Scenes" Commercial Real Estate Transactions

February 16, 2017 - Dino Champagne, Asset Preservation Inc., and David Flamer, CPA, “1031: A Different View"

January 19, 2017 - Rose Pothier, Esq., "Recent Claims, Matters of Concern & 2017 Forecast!"

October 13, 2016 - Anita Rubeck, CSEO, CEI, Forensic Escrow Services, "CSI: Escrow Forensics!"

September 15, 2016 - Jennifer Felten, Esq., @RELAW, APC, "Social Media Do's and Don'ts"

July 21, 2016 - Steven Ray Garcia, Esq., "DBA’s, LLC’s, L.P.’s, L.L.P.’s, Co.’s and Trusts: Understanding the Issues in Handling an Escrow With a Party Who is Not a Person"

June 16, 2016 - Erin McKeon, Community Engagement Manager at HERO Program, "Facts about PACE and the HERO program"

May 19, 2016 - Patrick McClellan, First American NHD, "Getting to Know YOUR Disclosure Report & the Local Geological Hazards Within It"

April 21, 2016 - Rich Miehl, Lawyers Title, Mike Merlo, Lawyers Title, Lee Wilson, First American Title, and Tony Taranto, Chicago Title, "Title Panel Discussion on Solar Financing & Transfer Upon Death Deeds"

March 17, 2016 - Gov Hutchinson, Esq., Assistant General Counsel of the California Association of Realtors, "Legislative Update"

February 18, 2016 - Los Angeles County Recorder, Document Recording & Fraud Units, "Recording Problems, E-Recording and Fraud"

January 21, 2016 - Rose Pothier, Esq., Pothier & Associates, "2016 Update and Life after TRID"

October 15, 2015 - JB Jennings, Fidelity National Title, Tracy White, International City Escrow, Inc., and Nancy Silberberg, Altus Escrow, Inc., "Escrow Panel: War Stories and Recent Claims"

September 17, 2015 - Lee Wilson, First American Title, Lola Blatt, Stewart Title of CA, and Mike Merlo, Lawyers Title, "Title Overview - Steering Clear of Title Pitfalls"

July 16, 2015 - Nick Nicholson, 2015 AEA President (Nevada), Arthur E. Davis III, AEA General Counsel, and Kathy Lozano, 2015 CEA President

June 18, 2015 - Mickey Vandenberg, WFG National Title Insurance, "TRID and CFPB Awareness"

May 21, 2015 - Michael Choy, Old Republic National Title, "Lender’s Endorsements & Mechanics’ Liens: Indemnities and Issues"

April 16, 2015 - Michelle Marsico, Village Coast Escrow, "Fraud: Are You Next?"

March 19, 2015 - Juliana Tu, CSEO, CEO, CBSS, CEI, SASIP, Viva Escrow, "FIRPTA and Cal-FIRPTA - Dealing with Foreigners?"

February 19, 2015 - Jennifer Felten, Esq., Hershorin & Henry, LLP, "CFPB Update and Overview on CAR Contract changes"

January 15, 2015 - Rose Pothier, Esq., Pothier & Associates, "Legal Updates"

October 16, 2014 - David C. Swedelson, Esq., SwedelsonGottlieb, Community Association Attorneys, "Do YOU know what HOA documents and forms MUST be provided by the Seller to the Buyer?” The Who, What and When (and How) of Escrow Transfer Document Disclosures & How Much Can A Community Association Management Company Charge for Escrow Transfer Disclosure Documents?

September 18, 2014 - Gov Hutchison, Esq., Assistant General Counsel of the California Association of Realtors, "The C.A.R Contract is Changing? Holy Cow! What Do I Need to Know?” (Mini: Mobile Homes Roundtable)

July 17, 2014 - Jenifer Siou, NSBN, and Rebecca Proctor, East West Bank, and Cynthia Belzl, RBJ Software, "Trust Accounting Best Practices - Not Sexy but Necessary” (Mini: How To Build a Better Marketing Mousetrap)

June 19, 2014 - Ali Azimi, American West NHD, and Mark Irvin, Landsmen Title Inspections, "Everything you wanted to know about Land Survey and Title Inspections” (Mini: Commercial Roundtable)

May 15, 2014 - William Gomez, City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, "City of Los Angeles 9A Residential Report"

April 17, 2014 - Lorene Salles and Michael Ambrose, California State Board of Equalization, "The Role the State Board of Equalization Plays in YOUR Life”

March 20, 2014 - William A. Anderson, National Notary Association, "Standards for Mortgage Signing, E Notarization and more on the Notary Front” (Mini: Bulk Sale Roundtable)

February 20, 2014 - Jennifer Wayne, Bond Services of California, and Mike Merlo, Lawyers Title, "Lost Note, Missing Beneficiary?”

January 16, 2014 - Theresa Ballard, BFO Solutions, Inc., “Balancing the Compliance World”

October 24, 2013 - Tom Logan, Los Angeles County Tax Recorder, and Monique Blakely, Assistant Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Recorder Bureau, "Changes at the Los Angeles County Recorders Office”

September 19, 2013 - John D. Reyes & Matt Ahlmann, Social Networx, Inc., “Learn How Social Media Can Help Your Escrow Business”

July 18, 2013 - Debbi Faber, Chicago Title, “How to Save an Escrow That is About to Crash & Burn” - An Escrow Panel

June 20, 2013 - Ed Navarro, Civilian Investigator, and Sergeant Dana McCants, L.A. Sheriff's Dept., "Real Estate Fraud”

May 16, 2013 - Michael Ibrahim, Golden Trust Mortgage, “The Mortgage Broker Process & What Escrow Should Know” and Theresa Ballard, BFO Solutions, “Present Compliance vs. Upcoming Compliance and Solutions Required from Mortgage Brokers & ESPECIALLY YOUR ESCROW DESK”

April 18, 2013 - Ann A. Smith, CSEO, Lawyers Title, Doug Abernathy, Lawyers Title, and Roy Blume, Century 21 Village Realty, “Putting Commercial Transactions Into Perspective”

March 14, 2013 - Gov Hutchison, “2013 Updates from the California Association of Realtors, the CAR Contract and Escrow”

February 21, 2013 - Jennifer Rammell, CPA, Rammell & Company, “Death and Taxes! Can’t do much about one, but sure can learn about the other. Keeping out of trouble amidst 1099, FIRPTA, 593 Withholds and new 2013 Tax Laws”

January 17, 2013 - Rose Pothier, Esq., “Your Desk, Your Company and the Vetting Mess”

October 25, 2012 - Alma Rushing, CEA Director for AEA, "New CFPB Closing Statement" and CEA Conference Reports

September 20, 2012 - Special Agent Nathan, Homeland Security Investigations, "Immigration Customs Enforcement"

July 19, 2012 - Jeffrey Leung, Esq., "Recent Case Law & Development in Short Sales & Foreclosures"

June 21, 2012 - Los Angeles County Assessor and Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector, "Everything You Wanted to Know About Taxes - from Personal to Real Property - and Were Afraid to Ask"

May 17, 2012 - Jon Pollard, City of Pasadena, "Learn more about Pre-Sale Property Inspections from a City Inspector"

April 19, 2012 - Special Agent, Bud Spencer, FBI, "Organized Crime Ring in the San Gabriel Valley! Is your client a member ... or worse?"

March 15, 2012 - John D. Reyes,, "What is Social Media? Are You Using Social Media to its Best Potential?"

February 16, 2012 - Perry Wong, City National Bank, "Economic Forecast for 2012"

January 19, 2012 - Rose Pothier, Esq., "Short Sale Arms Length Affidavits, Dangerous Lender Instructions"

October 20, 2011 - Bobby Samini, Esq., "Bankruptcy in your Escrow?"

September 15, 2011 - Matthew S. Davis, Esq. "Current Concerns in the World of Escrow”

July 21, 2011 - Romy S. Rahmanian, Esq., "Probate Escrow and Personal Estate Planning”

June 16, 2011 - Debbie Bannister, Innovative Financial Resources, Inc., "Short Sale Transactions from the Negotiators' Desks with an Escrow Prospective”

May 19, 2011 - Andrew Schlegel, Merit Property Management, "Property Management Companies & Escrow working together”

April 21, 2011 - Lee Wilson, First America Title Company, "Who really executed that document?”

March 17, 2011 - Erica Bristol, CAR Attorney of the Corporate Legal Division, "Electronic Signatures and Records in Real Estate Transactions”

February 17, 2011 - John R. Noguez, Los Angeles County Tax Assessor, and Carol Wong Quan, Executive Officer, "Decline-in-Value Reassessments”

January 20, 2011 - Rose Pothier. Esq, Pothier and Associates, "Escrow Concerns and Trends”

October 21, 2010 - Steven Ray Garcia, Esq., "Courting Disaster: A Look at Reasons Escrow Companies are being Sued and How to Avoid These”

September 16, 2010 - M Joel Carlson, of MJC Realty, "The 2010 CAR Purchase Agreement and Joint Escrow Instructions"

July 15, 2010 - Jeff Behm, CPA, of Behm and Company, "Will your file pass a DOC or any audit with flying colors?"

June 17, 2010 - Donna Grosso, CSEO, CEI, President of CEA & Donna Inman, CSEO, CEI, Secretary-Treasurer of CEA, "CEA, AEA & Beyond"

May 20, 2010 - Craig B. Goodwin, First American Title Insurance, “Why wasn’t that wiped out in the foreclosure?!”

April 15, 2010 - Sharon A. Gonterman, Los Angeles County Assistant Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, “Speeding Down the Digital Highway of Electronic Recordings - LA County Recorder joins the Digital Age!”

March 18, 2010 - Nancy West from HUD discusses the many changes to FHA Programs

February 18, 2010 - Fred Schector of Wells Fargo, Scott Shimamoto of Nationwide Capital, & David Shean of Escrow Essentials, "The WMD's of the GFE - How are YOU doing in the New Respa and GFE Battle Zone?"

January 21, 2010 - Rose Pothier. Esq, Pothier & Associates, "Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”

October 15, 2009 - David A. Shean, Escrow Essentials, "On the Road to The Final RESPA Rule with TILA notes”

September 17, 2009 - Charles Karich, REO Broker and Christian Spring, Esq., "The before and the after of foreclosure properties”

July 16, 2009 - Lisa Lucero, LA County Tax Assessor and Martha Duran, LA County Tax Collector, “An educational and outreach program with intense Q & A about tax re-assessments, applications, and how it affects your property, your transaction and your life!"

June 18, 2009 - Paul Spring, Esq., “Loan Modification joys and sorrows. The basics and hard facts of it all!”

May 21, 2009 - Michael Haas, CPA, “Tax implications rising from Short Sales, the REO fallout and the stimulus package”

April 16, 2009 - Gov Hutchinson, CAR Attorney, "Alice through the Looking Glass – The World of CAR Contracts”

March 19, 2009 - David Fleck and Alex Gillnets, "Mortgage Fraud"

February 19, 2009 - Rose Pothier, "Litigating Through the Economic Crisis"

January 15, 2009 - Glenn Gary, "The Psychology of Higher Living"

October 16, 2008 - "CEA Conference Overview"

September 18, 2008 - Judy Prince, Bankers West Funding, "FHA - They're Back and What You Need to Know"

July 17, 2008 - Michael Haas, Nick Pappas and Raffi Tal, "Short Sales"

June 19, 2008 - Kim Dawson, LandAmerica, "Marketing From Behind Your Desk"

May 15, 2008 - Christian Spring, Esq., Foreclosure Resources, Inc., "What is Happening in the Foreclosure World"

April 17, 2008 - Katherine Lune, LSI, and David A. Shean, Escrow Essentials, "The Escrow Side of Reverse Mortgages"

March 20, 2008 - Chris Pruitt, ReCon Works, "Escheating"

February 21, 2008 - Brenda Sizer and Roger Oakland, Franchise Tax Board, "State Tax Liens & Real Estate Withholding Changes"

January 17, 2008 - Rose Pothier, Esq., "What's Going On In the World of Escrow"

October 18, 2007 - Diane Weifenbach, Esq., Orange Coast Title Company, "Bankruptcy and Foreclosures"

September 20, 2007 - Mike Belote, Esq., CEA Legislative Advocate, and Fran Butler, CEA 2007 President

July 19, 2007 - Dave Shean, CSEO, CEI, "Supplemental Taxes" and Beverly Austin, "City of Hope"

June 21, 2007 - Alma Rushing, Orange Coast Title Family of Companies, "Short Sale, The New Exit Strategy"

May 17, 2007 - Homa Alviri, Union Bank of California, "Remote Deposit Services and What It Means to Escrow Practitioners"

April 19, 2007 - Kim Welborn-Buchok, Scott Callender, and James Fuller, "Allied Industry Panel"

March 15, 2007 - Liz Kilby and Roger Oakland, "New 2007 Franchise Tax Board Rules and Regulations"  

February 15, 2007 - Rich Macaluso, CLTA President, "Regulatory Issues and Current Environment, Real Estate Market and More..." 

January 18, 2007 - Rose Pothier, Esq., "Escrow, Court and What Not To Do" 

October 19, 2006 - Angela Hum and Anna Millsap, "Escrow Questions and Answers" Forum

September 21, 2006 - Steven Ray Garcia, Knapp, Petersen & Clarke, "Alphabet Soup Meets Corporate Law"

July 13, 2006 - J. Paul Spring of Exchange Resources, "The Legal Aspects of Real Estate as it relates to escrow"

June 15, 2006 - Hovik Shahinian, Frank Leyva and Diane Balsamo, "Lender Panel"

May 18, 2006 - Laura S. Lowe, LandAmerica Financial Group, "Escrow Problems/Claims"

April 20, 2006 - Anne Lanphar of First American Title, "Patriot Act & RESPA" (Mini: Loan Document Packaging) 

March 16, 2006 - Dino Champagne of Asset Preservation, "Reverse Exchanges"

February 16, 2006 - Tim Reiniger and Rich Hansberger of NNA, "eNotarization"

January 19, 2006 - Rose Pothier, Esq., "What's Hot and What's Not - in Escrowland"

October 20, 2005 - Escrow Panel, "Cancellations, Contingencies and CYA"

September 15, 2005 - Title Panel, "The Oh-Nos that Appear in Your Preliminary Report"

July 21, 2005 - Panel, "Hidden Secrets to Successfully Closing Commercial Transactions"

June 16, 2005 - L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. and District Attorney's Office, "Real Estate Fraud"

May 19, 2005 - Steve Garcia, Esq., "Domestic Partnerships and Community Property Interests"

April 21, 2005 - The Franchise Tax Board and Michael C. Haas, "Withholding for 2005"

March 17, 2005 - Ann Lanphar, "The CAR Contract" (Mini: Check 21)

February 17, 2005 - Paul Spring, Esq., "Tenant in Common Interests"

January 20, 2005 - Rose Pothier, Esq., "Domestic Partnership"

October 21, 2004 - Panel of Los Angeles County Departments

September 16, 2004 - District Attorney's Office, "Real Estate Fraud"

July 15, 2004 - "Responsibilities & Obligations at transfer of Community Associations"

June 17, 2004 - "Identity Theft, Fraud, and other White Collar Crimes"

May 20, 2004 - Michael Belote, Esq., "Current Proposed Legislation"

April 15, 2004 - Carolyn Marcial & Donna Ward, "Team Escrow" (Mini: PD Class for CET)

March 18, 2004 - Panel of Title Officers and Managers

February 19, 2004 - Carol Shaw & Daryl Overlock, "Memory Impairment"

January 15, 2004 - Rose Pothier, Esq., "Latest Changes in Escrow Law" (Mini: Check 21)

October 16, 2003 - Michael Belote, Esq., "Escrow After the Recall" (Mini: Domestic Partnership)

September 18, 2003 - Don Slevin, "War Stories" (Mini: Document Signers)