|Thank you again for everyone who participated! We have the best agents out there! You guys are awesome and we love YOU and all your #FNTIUglySweater(s)!
Pioneer Title – Peak Office
Michelle Vanderpool – Central Title – Longview
Michelle Medina – Pioneer Title – Arizona
Charlene Burk – CentraLand Title – Temple, TX
Thank you again everyone! We had so much with you all! Happy Holidays!
Please join First National Title Insurance for an
UGLY SWEATER CONTEST
December 1st – 14th
*Winners will be announced Friday, December 15th*
Post a photo to Facebook wearing your Ugly Holiday Sweater for a chance to win a prize!
GRAND PRIZE – FNTI WILL TREAT YOUR OFFICE TO LUNCH/DINNER!
1st Place – $250
2nd Place – $100
3rd Place – $50
1. Post a photo wearing your ugly Holiday sweater on Facebook
2. Include the Hashtag #FNTIUGLYSWEATER to be entered (Entries without a hashtag will not be entered)
The devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey will have a long-term impact on the Gulf Coast for many, many months. There is an immediate need for the basic necessities, but there will also be a long-term need as families and businesses rebuild their homes and offices. We won’t know how long our title insurance family businesses will be disrupted but want you to know that our team is working on a plan to support both immediate and long-term needs.
As the relief efforts become clearer, I will keep you posted on our plans to help those Houston-area families in need and how you can assist us with that effort.
– Chris Phillips, President/CEO
Chris Phillips, CEO and president of First National Title Insurance Company (FNTI), was elected to serve as president of the Texas Land Title Association (TLTA) at the association’s Annual Conference last week in New Orleans. He has served on the TLTA board of directors for several years in different capacities and will now take over as president through June 2018.
Chris was handed the gavel by outgoing TLTA President James Dudley of Central Texas Land Titles, Inc. and commenced his term with a speech on family. He began by talking about his different work families he has had in the title industry starting with the Colorado title company his father owned. There were a few other companies along the way until he ended up at FNTI five years ago. He also spoke about his TLTA family and all the colleagues he has gotten to know in this business and become friends with over the years. The third family he mentioned was his own personal family, and he had to fight back a few tears when commenting on how proud he was of his wife, Cathy, and daughter, Ali.
Chris has been an active member of TLTA serving on several committees throughout the years and was awarded its highest honor in 2010 as Title Man of the Year in 2010, which recognizes a member’s significant and longtime contributions to the title industry and the association. His new position as president will have him traveling throughout the state of Texas as well as visiting title industry associations in other states and the national association in Washington DC.
We would like to congratulate Chris on his new position, and we’ll miss him as he is out and about handling TLTA business. Be sure to send your well wishes to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join us in congratulating FNTI’s Cherí Swanson, Vice President, Compliance/Audit Specialist, on her recent accomplishment of earning her Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential, placing her in an elite group of international anti-fraud professionals. The CFE Exam tests your knowledge and expertise in the four primary areas of fraud examination: Financial Transactions & Fraud Schemes, Law, Investigation, and Fraud Prevention & Deterrence, requiring many hours of prep courses and self-study utilizing a 2,000 page examiners manual.
Chris Phillips, CEO, couldn’t be more proud of Cherí’s accomplishment, stating “I am pleased that Cherí has completed this rigorous training and achieved the designation of Certified Fraud Examiner. Her efforts to understand this vital area of our business provides our agents an additional level of comfort and confidence that the audits she performs for First National Title Insurance Company will exceed their expectations. The skill set Cherí now brings into the agent’s office will be an additional tool to prevent escrow losses due to defalcations. Please join me in congratulating Cherí on achieving this valuable designation.”
Cherí appreciates the FNTI team for backing her in this endeavor, “Emily put all four manuals together for me to study, she was my go to person while I was at school. Chris had faith that I could accomplish this lofty goal. All in all, our whole team was supportive, positive and cheered me on.”
The CFE credential is increasingly being designated as a preferred credential in the hiring practices of businesses, government entities and law enforcement agencies. Cherí’s achievement takes her skillset to the next level by earning the standard of professional excellence in the anti-fraud profession, adding to FNTI’s mission to support the independent title agent.
First National Title Insurance Company (FNTI) expands its underwriting team with the addition of industry veteran, Sean Everest.
“The number of agents representing First National Title Insurance continues to grow along with the demand on our existing underwriting staff. We do not see this as a problem but as an opportunity to improve our outstanding service levels by adding a young, experienced lawyer to the underwriting team. Sean Everest is our most recent hire and brings a wide variety of expertise to FNTI. His knowledge of the Texas market is an essential component of our growth strategy. And with that broad base of knowledge, we knew we had the right candidate to join the FNTI underwriting team.” stated CEO and President Chris Phillips.
Sean’s introduction to the title industry began at a direct operation in San Antonio where he learned the escrow and title examination side of the business. He then spent time in the oil and gas industry and as a football coach, before returning to the title industry as underwriting counsel for a title agency in San Antonio. His most recent endeavor involved working at a real estate brokerage firm as general counsel. Sean Everest said, “I am excited to get back to underwriting transactions and finding solutions for the FNTI family of agents.”
George Stablein, executive vice president, said, “Sean’s background in both direct and agency operations gives him a unique perspective that he can draw from to provide solutions for the independent agents. He will be an excellent resource for the independent agents throughout Texas.”
FNTI will always strive to maintain the level of service our agents expect, and we are proud to have such a talented individual join our team of industry veterans.
The end of the year brings no greater joy than the opportunity to extend our sincerest appreciation for the trust you have placed in us.
We wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a Blessed New Year!
First National Title Insurance (FNTI) is proud to announce the newest title agent to join our family of agents, Town Square Title! Based out of Waxahachie and with over 200 years of combined expertise in the title business, their knowledgeable team is prepared to accomplish your needs. If you need a full title examination under a P-24 agreement or to refer a deal when it’s out of your area to one of their four offices within Ellis or Johnson counties, please contact them at:
The “PlayMakers Talk Show” is an opportunity for CEO’s, entrepreneurs, executives, and other playmakers that are passionate about making a difference in their industry, careers, and lives to share their stories. The growth and success of First National Title Insurance Company (FNTI) caught the attention of Steve Klein, host of “PlayMakers,” and he contacted Chris about sharing the FNTI story.
Steve wanted to know how Chris got into the business and his involvement in the creation of First National Title. Chris shared his insight of the industry and the value of personal relationships in growing the business. He also discussed the use of “Strength Finders 2.0” when building the company’s team of employees. He even had time to explain how title insurance differs from other lines of insurance. And finally, Steve wanted to know more about Chris’ past and current business mentors and who influenced his business strategies.
Tune in to KAAM Radio 770 AM this Friday, November 4, at 3:00 p.m. or Saturday, November 5, at 2:00 p.m. to listen to Steve Klein interview Chris Phillips on this week’s edition of “PlayMakers.”
On October 10, Chris Phillips attended the presentation of the 2015 Texas Historical Commission (THC) Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation to the Texas Land Title Association (TLTA). The award recognizes the work the TLTA has done with the agency’s award-winning Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program since 2005.
This prestigious award, given to TLTA during a special ceremony conducted by Governor Greg Abbott, acknowledges TLTA and its members’ support for the preservation and conservation of Texas’ historic courthouses. As guardians of property records, Texas courthouses have long been associated with our industry and remain uniquely connected to our work.
“County courthouses are the cornerstones of our communities, and the Texas Land Title Association is proud to be part of ensuring they are preserved and maintained so generations of Texans can use and enjoy them,” said Leslie Midgley, TLTA Executive Vice President and CEO. “The Texas Historical Commission is a vital agency, and as we enter the eleventh year of our partnership with them, we are honored to receive this prestigious award.”
James H. Dudley, IV, TLTA President says, “I want to thank the Texas Historical Commission for the important work they’ve done in revitalizing our treasured Texas courthouses. Their passion and dedication to this project is a true gift to the citizens of our state. TLTA is grateful for the continued opportunity to partner with them to provide Texas counties with the tools they need to be good stewards of these beautiful buildings, which are the heart and soul of our communities. We’re proud and honored to be part of this great Texas history project.”