WELCOME BACK, NIKI SIMS!

After a brief haitus, Niki Sims is returning home to Burns, Henry & Kirksey, P.C.! We are excited to announce that she will be joining our title team on August 9, 2016. 

Niki moved to Cleveland in the fall of 1990 to attend Cleveland State and after a brief move to the North Georgia area, she couldn’t wait to return to Cleveland and make it her permanent home. Her working career has included 5 years in retail, 5 years in banking, and 14 years as a closing agent. Niki first came to work at Varnell, Burns & Sharp, P.C. on April 1, 2001. She left BHK in the Summer of 2015 and after a short time away is returning home in the Fall of 2016.

 

Welcome, Barbara Baxter!

We are so excited to announce that Cleveland native and businesswoman, Barbara Baxter, has joined the staff of Burns, Henry and Kirksey, P.C. as a Closing Agent! 

Barbara brings with her 37 years of local banking experience, as well as her involvement in numerous civic and non-profit organizations in the Cleveland/Bradley County area.  She is married to her husband, Randy, of 36 years and is a member of Valley Head United Methodist Church where she serves as Treasurer.

Introducing Mrs. Brittany Davis

A BIG congratulations from Burns, Henry & Kirksey, P.C. to our very own Brittany Davis (f/k/a Brittany Strugala) on her marriage to Russ Davis!

Brittany and Russ tied the knot on July 1, 2016 at The Mill in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

 Photo Credit: Amanda Urso Perry,   Urso Photography

Photo Credit: Amanda Urso Perry, Urso Photography

 L to R: Kayley Schneck, Hayley Stone, Kim Schneck, Brittany Davis, Caitlin Land, Kay Burns, Bryce Kirksey, Photo Credit: Amanda Urso Perry,   Urso Photography

L to R: Kayley Schneck, Hayley Stone, Kim Schneck, Brittany Davis, Caitlin Land, Kay Burns, Bryce Kirksey, Photo Credit: Amanda Urso Perry, Urso Photography

Burns, Henry & Kirksey, P.C., Achieves ALTA Best Practices Certification

Cleveland, Tennessee law firm and title company, Burns, Henry & Kirksey, P.C., (BHK), recently achieved compliance with title industry Best Practices as set forth by the American Land Title Association (ALTA).

BHK chose to pursue certification out of a commitment to their clients, to improve upon the services they offer, and to earn the trust of those with whom they do business.  According to Travis D. Henry, attorney and partner with BHK, “We now can assure those with whom we do business that we are compliant with ALTA Best Practices, but we don’t want them to just take our word for it.  We want to prove to lenders, realtors, buyers, and sellers that we are committed to the privacy and security of their information, and to offering the highest level of protection and the best closing experience in our community.”

As regulators have recently increased their demands for protective measures throughout title and settlement procedures, ALTA created the Best Practices Framework to help title and settlement agents prepare policies and procedures to protect lenders and consumers.  Best Practices certification comes after a rigorous third-party assessment covering all areas of title and settlement services, including licensing, escrow trust accounting controls, privacy and information security, written policies and procedures, liability and fidelity insurance confirmation, and guidelines for customer relationship management.

BHK enlisted the assistance of national certified public accounting and management consulting firm PYA (Pershing Yoakley & Associates, P.C.), ALTA’s first Elite Provider of Best Practices assessments, to perform the third-party assessment and certification.

Henry said, “PYA was our partner as we worked to become compliant with ALTA Best Practices and underwent the certification process.  They were our guide through the pillars and helped us structure our business around each one.  Their approach shows you how to succeed rather than simply pointing out your deficiencies.”

With this certification, BHK is now poised to demonstrate to consumers, lenders, and the industry its compliance with ALTA Best Practices.  

“Buying a home is a critical investment.  Anyone buying, selling or refinancing real estate should let their lender and realtor know they want a certified title company handling their closing,” Henry said.  “We are ready to make the closing process easy and positive for our community.”

 Team Members Brittany Strugala, Kim Schneck, Hayley Stone, and Caitlin Land with Burns, Henry & Kirksey, P.C.'s ALTA Best Practices Certification

Team Members Brittany Strugala, Kim Schneck, Hayley Stone, and Caitlin Land with Burns, Henry & Kirksey, P.C.'s ALTA Best Practices Certification

ATTORNEYS TRAVIS HENRY AND BRYCE KIRKSEY QUALIFY TO CLOSE SBA LOANS

On March 1, 2016, BHK attorneys Travis Henry and Bryce Kirksey received a Certificate of Completion from the National Association of Development Companies for their attendance and work at its 504 Loan Closing training-program held in San Diego, California.  Travis and Bryce are now eligible to be a Designated Attorneys for Local Development Companies and are qualified to represent Development Companies, borrowers and third party lenders in connection with loans financed by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA).
 
If you have any questions about a residential, commercial or SBA loan closing, Bryce and Travis would be happy to speak with you regarding your specific situation.

 Check out our New Member Highlight on the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders website!

Check out our New Member Highlight on the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders website!