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Notaries and Mortgage Industry Officials Convene for the NNA’s Annual Conference to Discuss Evolving Regulations

ORLANDO, FL. - June 03, 2015

March Fong Eu Achievement Award and Notary of the Year Recipients Honored Tuesday; Veterans Receive Complimentary Notary Training

ORLANDO, June 3, 2015 – Hundreds of Notaries, veterans, state officials, and leaders from the mortgage finance industry gathered for the National Notary Association’s (NNA) 37th annual conference. Held at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek May 31 – June 3, the conference focused on navigating new government regulations including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure forms, as well as learning about eNotarization technology and trends in facial recognition and identification.

Tom Wrosch was honored on June 2 during the Gala Banquet Ceremony as the 2015 recipient of the NNA’s March Fong Eu Achievement Award. He was recognized for decades of service to the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office, for improving standards for Notaries in his home state, as well as on a national and international level. The Award is named for its first recipient in 1979 — former California Secretary of State March Fong Eu — who spearheaded progressive Notary reform legislation despite opposition from powerful lobbies.

Five Notaries Public, who personify the best of public service and consumer protection, were named 2015 Notary of the Year Honorees and were recognized during the Gala Banquet Ceremony. This year’s recipients included Joan Ann Baffa of Lindenhurst, New York; LaQuita Gaskins of Radcliff, Kentucky; Bridget Outlaw of Chicago, Illinois; Mike Phillips of San Diego, California; and Marcy Tiberio of Rochester, New York. Established in 1990, the NNA’s Notary of the Year designation is the highest honor for an American Notary Public and Gaskins earned the 2015 Notary of the Year title.

To support U.S. military veterans as they establish civilian career paths, the NNA offered complimentary pre-conference Notary training — fully funded by the NNA’s philanthropic arm, the National Notary Foundation. By becoming a Notary Public, or by improving their Notary skills, veterans will gain valuable vocational training for their resume as they apply for work in corporate America.

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About the National Notary Association

Established in 1957, the National Notary Association (NNA) is the leading professional authority on the American Notary office and is dedicated to educating, serving and advocating for the nation’s 4.4 million Notaries. It published the Model Notary Act to help lawmakers enact effective legislation and created The Notary Public Code of Professional Responsibility — a standard for best practices and professional conduct. To learn more, visit