Interviewed by: Ronni Bleich
Name: Beth Alonso
NYSLTA Role: Treasurer and Chair of Land Records Committee
Company and Title: Old Republic
Q. Why do you enjoy working with the NYSLTA?
A. I enjoy working with the NYSLTA because it surrounds itself with responsible, dedicated, and conscientious colleagues. It puts me in a better position to learn and contribute to our industry. I love being part of a group that is so passionate.
Q. What do you plan to focus on this year, as Land Records Chair of the NYSLTA?
A. To continue to keep a very amicable, open dialogue with County Clerks and Deputy County Clerks. I want to maintain an environment where we want to work with one another.
Q. What are you most proud of?
A. I am most proud of my ability to blend my agent experience and underwriting experience to better support our industry. – It helps me when working with agents because I believe that I am able to understand what their concerns are firsthand.
Q. What do you enjoy doing while not working?
A. Right now, my daughter is getting married in April 2022. So wedding planning!
Q. When did you start in the title business and how did you get started?
A. In October 1995 – My dad had his own agency and it was a family business. He needed a part time person two days a week to type policies and legal descriptions. My career evolved from there. In 2005, I became Operations Manager.
Q. Do you have any pets? What’s he/she like?
A. I have 2 cats – Ollie, a 3 ½ year old, 30-pound Ragdoll and Lala, 2 ½ year old. Both rescues. They are amazing.
Q. Who is the most influential person to you (alive or deceased)?
Q. What did you want to be when you “grow up”?
A. Constitutional Attorney.
Q. If you weren’t in the Title Industry, what job/career would you want to have?
A. I would love to work with animals, preferably wildlife rescue. I recently signed up to volunteer with the Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION) group and I am excited to begin working with them.
Q. What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?
A. I actually have two secret talents: 1) I used to have a catering business, so I am a great cook! 2) My nickname in my family is “Hitch,” like the movie. Like, “Hitch”, I am a great matchmaker for people.
Q. Where is your favorite place in the world?
A. The ocean here on Long Island.
Q. What is your favorite TV show?
A. I am constantly watching sports/sport news of all kinds. Football and Baseball are my favorite. Outside sports, “Seinfeld”.
Q. What is your favorite movie?
A. I love watching old movies. Gilda is a favorite of mine.
Q. What is the last song you played on your playlist?
A. “Summer, Highland Falls” ~Billy Joel
Q. What’s your favorite movie or song quote?
A. Not from a movie, but, “Don’t touch the money” ~Boomer Esiason
Q. What is one thing you have learned about yourself during this pandemic?
A. I definitely do prefer being a homebody.
Q. Tell me something not everyone knows about you.
A. I was in two commercials for a local bank in the 2000s.