The National Notary Association, the leader in best practices, training, and advocacy for the nation’s community of 4.4 million Notaries, has named Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto as its 2012 March Fong Eu Achievement Award recipient for her dedication to protecting homeowners and consumers nationwide, and for acting as a model of conduct in the midst of the foreclosure crisis.
As Attorney General in Nevada, one of the states hardest hit in the housing crisis, Masto launched the Nevada Mortgage Fraud Strike Task Force in 2008, which has proven instrumental in the investigation and prosecution of those who violated the law — including Notary law — throughout the foreclosure crisis.
“Attorney General Masto has shown unwavering dedication to remedying a nationwide crisis that has mortgage servicers rethinking their approach to the supervision and training of Notaries,” said NNA Chief Executive Officer Tom Heymann. “In doing so, she has emerged as a beacon of strength and national leadership.”
Since 1979, the NNA has bestowed the March Fong Eu Achievement Award upon key state officials and influencers in recognition of their significant achievements to improve the standards, image and effectiveness of the office of Notary Public in the United States.
Masto has a key understanding of the important role that Notaries play in maintaining the integrity of the real estate market, and, in addition to waging war against mortgage predators that jeopardize the reputation of the public office, has continued to stress the importance of Notary education programs, including those offered by the NNA.
“It is critical that we continue to work together to maintain the highest standards, image, quality, and effectiveness of the office of the Notary Public,” said Masto. “I will continue to protect the integrity of the foreclosure process and homeowners in Nevada, and work to hold those accountable. I look forward to a continued partnership with the National Notary Association.”
The formal award presentation will take place at the NNA’s 34th Annual Conference held June 3-6, 2012 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in San Diego, California.
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. The NNA imparts comprehensive notarial knowledge and understanding, promotes a positive public perception of the Notary office, and bolsters consumer protection by promoting best practices. The Association’s accredited professional programs, services and model legislation help Notaries advance their careers and serve the American public with the highest level of professionalism and ethics. To learn more, visit us at NationalNotary.org.