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Congrats to the following Michigan Land Title members who have achieved Professional Designation status:
Wes Parkinson, CLTP
Wes is the Michigan State Agency Manager for Westcor Land Title Insurance Co. He started his career in 1998 with one of the nations largest underwriters working in their regional finance department. In 2004, along with a business partner, Wes bought a small title agency in West Michigan. After selling the agency in 2013, he stayed on the agency side working for a couple large Michigan agencies in operations and sales.
Wes is a graduate of Baker College in 1999 with a bachelors degree in Business. He is an active member of the Michigan Land and Title Association, where he chairs the sponsorship committee. He also has his resident producers license in the State of Michigan.
Wes lives in West Michigan with his wife Cindy and their 2 daughters Reese and Logyn. When not working he enjoys spending time at their family cottage, playing golf and Michigan State University sports.
Laurie Callaghan, CLTP
Laurie Callaghan is the Sales Manager for the Great Lakes Division of WFG National Title Insurance Company. Laurie’s responsibilities include supporting strategic sales initiatives, developing new relationships and assisting with sales leadership within the division.
As an experienced real estate and title professional, Laurie is able to assist agents in all areas of their business. When she first started in the title industry over 23 years ago, Laurie ran a marketing group for a national underwriter. This is where she really connected with agents and learned how she could best create solutions that helped them build their business. She has worked on both direct and agency operations giving her a well-rounded understanding of what agents need to be successful.
Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Laurie is active in the industry and serves on the Marketing/Communications Committee of the Michigan Land Title Association. Laurie also holds her title insurance license with the State of Michigan and recently completed her CLTP designation with the Michigan Land Title Association. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including Sales Achievement and Affiliate Member of the Year.
When not working Laurie and her husband Sean enjoy spending time at the family cottage, boating and travelling.
Tom Lico, CLTP
Tom Lico is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Capital Title Insurance Agency based in Southfield, Michigan and has been in that role since 2004. Tom’s professional career began in 1988 when he worked for Standard Federal Bank as a Loan Counselor. After that, he spent 3 years with GMAC Mortgage in their Relocation Department then as a Loan Officer. In 1995, Tom became a Mortgage Underwriter at Flagstar Bank, then Assistant Vice President over their Correspondent Lending Department. By 1998, Tom became Executive Vice President of John Adams Mortgage Company before moving over to the Title industry in 2004.
Since 2004, he has also served on the Executive Committee of Real Estate One – Michigan’s largest real estate brokerage firm. From July 2011 – July 2015, Tom was a charter member of an Agency Advisory Board of a national title underwriter. Since July 2014, he has served as a Board Director for the Michigan Land Title Association and served as the MLTA President for the 2019/2020 term. Tom is also an active board member of RESPRO and co-chairs the planning committee for the bi-annual Realty Alliance Title conferences.
Tom is also an accomplished public speaker, event host, and comedian having performed at industry related conferences, award ceremonies, and local comedy clubs. He enjoys golfing, traveling, golfing while traveling, and entertaining. Tom lives in Sterling Heights and has a daughter currently attending Michigan State University.
Debbie Haught, CLTP
Debbie Haught has been in the title insurance industry since 1986 with 34 of those years in a management capacity. She brings her entrepreneurial spirit to each position she has held from small to large agencies, developing and managing joint ventures and successfully running an $8 million dollar organization for 17 years. She is a graduate of Northwood University, having received her degree Summa Cum Laude in Business Administration – Management. She is the Vice President of Operations for Mt Pleasant Abstract and Title, Family of Agencies and proudly serves on the MLTA Board. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities with her husband, Bryan, such as mountain biking, hiking and sailing.
Kimberly O’Connor, CLTP
Kimberly O’Connor is a Vice President and Central Division Underwriter for WFG National Title Insurance Company. With over 24 years of industry experience, she started her career as a residential and commercial examiner in 1996 for one of the nation’s largest title insurance underwriters. She then moved on to the legal department handling claims and underwriting for several years before settling in as State Counsel. Her vast experience includes filing rates and forms nationally, and handling consumer complaints for the State of Michigan.
Kim served four years on the Michigan Land Title Association’s Board of Directors, and is currently a member of the Legislative, Sponsorship and the Professional Designation committees for the organization. Being a part of the Legislative Committee she has been an intricate part of passing several laws effecting the title insurance and real estate industry in Michigan. Kim is very passionate about education and enjoys conducting training sessions on several platforms. In addition to numerous presentations and speaking engagements, Kimberly has presented and taught numerous Continuing Education classes for Title Insurance Agencies and Realtors since 1999.
She is a graduate of Michigan State University where she received a B.A. in Political Science Pre-Law in 1989, and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit in 1993. She is a member of the Grand Rapids Bar Association for Real Property and Probate, and the State Bar of Michigan’s Real Property, Marijuana, and Probate section.
Meredith Weingarden, CLTP
VP, Michigan State Counsel and Senior Agency Counsel
Fidelity National Title Group
Meredith H. Weingarden is a Vice-President, Michigan State Counsel and National Commercial Agency Counsel for the Fidelity National Title Group, which encompasses Chicago Title Insurance Company, Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, and Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company. Meredith is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Women Lawyers Association, the Real Property Law Section, the Oakland County Bar Association, and the Legislative Steering Committee of the Michigan Land Title Association. She also serves as Co-Chair of the MLTA Legislative Committee, has served on the Board of Directors of the MLTA, and is the Case Law Coordinator for the Residential Transactions Committee of the Real Property Section. In 2015, Meredith was given the Robert J. Jay Award by the MLTA in recognition of her contributions and service to the title industry. In addition to providing underwriting support, Meredith has acted as claims counsel, prepared and presented educational materials at FNTG and MLTA sponsored seminars, as well as for the Real Property Law Section/ICLE, conducted individual training sessions for agents and direct operations as requested, and written numerous articles for the MLTA publication, The Title Examiner. Meredith received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and her Juris Doctor from The Detroit College of Law.
Cindy Immonen, CLTP
VP, Michigan Account Manager
Fidelity National Title Group
Cindy Immonen achieved her CLTP in July, 2015. Cindy joined the Fidelity National Title Group – Michigan Agency team in 2013 as an account manager for the State of Michigan. She has over 30 years of experience in the title industry and has held many positions within our industry. Cindy is an active member of the Michigan Land Title Association, as she currently serves as Director and as the Education Committee Chairperson. Cindy has developed a strong network of industry professionals and partners over the years. She remains committed to providing the best products and services in the marketplace. Cindy’s passion and expertise help her to identify and provide timely solutions to clients.
Cindy is a licensed title agent and a Michigan Land Title Association Certified Land Title Professional. She is a graduate of Lawrence Technological University. She currently serves as a trustee for the Clarenceville School District of Wayne and Oakland Counties. She is a native of Michigan and enjoys many activities with her family.
Maura A. Snabes, Esq., CES®, CLTP
Maura Snabes earned her CLTP designation in July, 2014. Ms. Snabes is a licensed Michigan attorney and began her career as underwriting/corporate counsel for Northern Michigan Title Company in 1994 and since 2002 has been VP/Underwriting Counsel for Corporate Settlement Solutions’ Michigan and National operations. In 1995, she established Northern Michigan 1031 Exchange Company (now known as Corporate Exchange Services) which is a qualified intermediary for forward, reverse and build-to-suit tax-deferred exchanges. She is a Certified Exchange Specialist® as certified by the Federation of Exchange Accommodators and a licensed Michigan real estate broker. She regularly gives seminars on 1031 exchanges and other real estate matters to real estate and tax professionals throughout the state. Ms. Snabes is co-chair of the Professional Designation Committee, is highly involved with her community and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Charlevoix-Emmet Bar Association, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Zonta, the Antrim-Charlevoix-Kalkaska Association of Realtors and is a Girl Scout leader.Ms. Snabes lives with her husband and three children in Charlevoix, Michigan and enjoys singing and participating in and watching competitive sports.
Robert Wuerfel achieved his CLTP in June, 2014.
Bob graduated from Hope College in 1988 with a BA Degree in Management Emphasis. He was hired out of college, by The Title Office and placed into the Management Training Program, where later he was transferred to Eaton County to start up a location for the Title Office network. In 1991, Bob took an opportunity to work for Metropolitan Title and manage their Allegan County Office (the county in which his hometown of Hamilton was located). Over the years, Bob grew to an Area Manager role overseeing several locations. In 2001, an opportunity to become an Entrepreneur, Bob partnered with the Lighthouse Group and started Lighthouse Title. In 2004 Bob was named a Grand Rapids Business Journal “40 under 40” award winner as well as in 2010 was awarded the MLTA “Robert J. Jay” Award. Within the MLTA Association, Bob has been involved with many committees, with a passion for the Communication efforts of the “Title Examiner” the MLTA quarterly newsletter. In addition to committees, involvement on the MLTA Board for two terms and recently completing the 2013-14 term as Association President. Bob and his family (Shayne, Corinne, Alex and Anna) live in Holland, Michigan and he is involved outside of MLTA in his family, church and community activities.
Deborah Wiley earned her CLTP Designation in June of 2013. Debbie started her title career in 1976 posting the title plant for Burton Abstract and Title Company in Flint, MI. She has held various positions throughout her many years in the industry and is currently a Michigan Agency Account Manager for First American Title Insurance Company. She has been active in the Michigan Land Title Association (MLTA) for most of her career and continues to sit on numerous committees including the Education Committee which she chaired for several years. She also is a member of the Board of Review for the Professional Development Committee and was elected to the MLTA Board of Directors in 2011. Debbie lives in Howell, MI with her husband John and enjoys running and reading.
Catharine B. LaMont
Senior Commercial Escrow Officer
2990 W. Grand Boulevard, Suite 300, Detroit, MI 48202
Debra Bartlett earned her CTLP Designation in August, 2012. Ms. Bartlett’s career began in 1982 at Northern Michigan Title Company in Charlevoix, Michigan, where she eventually served as President. Her experience is multi-faceted in both the residential and commercial real estate and includes title, closings, underwriting, policies and construction. She joined the CSS staff in 2003, and currently oversees the Michigan offices while also coordinating closing services for National Operations. Debbie is a graduate of Ferris State University. A native of northern Michigan, she lives in East Jordan with her husband, Steve. Ms. Bartlett is a member of the Michigan Land Title Association and serves as chairperson for its Professional Development Committee. She is an affiliate member of the Antrim-Charlevoix-Kalkaska Association of Realtors, a licensed Real Estate Broker, and a licensed title insurance agent in Michigan. She enjoys camping and spending time with her three children.
Phone: 231-547-2984 ext. 3003
Sarah Maddox Sutton
Sarah Maddox Sutton is the Fidelity National Title Group Midwest Agency Director of Education. Sutton conducts monthly webinars for the agents in our region, along with face to face training on a wide variety of Title, Escrow, Sales, Industry Best Practices, Non-Public Information, and Regulatory topics. Sarah’s services include ongoing development of educational seminars for the FNTG Midwest Region agents.
Sutton’s background and experience include owning and managing her own title agency in Michigan. Prior to that, after many years acting as a closing broker for other real estate firms, Sarah opened a specialty niche real estate company. She personally has processed and closed over 5,000 transactions throughout her career. Sarah served for 9 years as Michigan State Agency Manager for Fidelity National Title Group (Fidelity, Chicago & Commonwealth). Sutton started her 30+ year career in the real estate industry. Past accolades include being a real estate continuing education instructor in Michigan; serving on the Board of Review for the content of the real estate broker state exam for licensing; serving on the Board of Review for content of the Michigan title insurance state exam for licensing; Co-Chaired the Michigan Land Title Association (MLTA) Education Committee & served on it for over 10 years; served on Professional Designation Committee and is a past Chair for the Public Relations/Communication Committee for the MLTA. Sutton also served as the Chair for the Board of Review for the new MLTA Professional Designation Program for five years. In addition, provides service as a member to the ALTA National Title Professional Designation committee.
Sutton was one of the first to earn and hold the MLTA Certified Land Title Professional Designation in Michigan and was the first person in Michigan to obtain the prestigious American Land Title Association (ALTA) National Title Professional Designation.
The following individuals earned their Professional Designation through the MLTA and have since retired from the industry:
Mary Lou Hartwell, CLTP 2011-2016