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Employee Spotlight: Tyrone (TJ) Johnson

Malcolm Gladwell famously said in his 2008 book Outliers that it takes roughly 10,000 hours to get good at something. With that in mind, it’s difficult to look at Tyrone (TJ) Johnson as anything else but an expert in time management.

A 25-year veteran of the real estate settlement services and title insurance industries, TJ currently serves as Assistant Vice President and State Agency Manager for Alliant National Title Insurance Company for the Mountain West region. The role requires him to apply his decades of experience to support Alliant National’s agent network and operations – including education, marketing, sales and strategic growth initiatives.

For many people, building one long and successful career would be enough. But for TJ, his success at Alliant National was preceded by a 15-year career as a jazz musician. During those years, he routinely performed at five-star resorts throughout the Midwest, Southeastern and Southwestern United States. TJ’s musical ability remains undiminished today, having appeared recently as a headlining act in the Lansing JazzFest.

With two accomplished careers in wildly different industries under his belt, it’s natural to wonder how TJ “did it.” Was it as simple as somehow finding the time for Gladwell’s 10,000 hours? TJ himself attributes his success to a strong drive. And this has led, naturally, to a superior work performance – from mastering the complexities of title insurance to wowing crowds of ardent jazz fans throughout the country.

Outside of TJ’s ongoing responsibilities at Alliant National, he is currently hard at work on his next album entitled, “A Family Affair.” He also enjoys spending time with his wife Sheri, his daughter and his three grandchildren.

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Alliant National Co-Founder Retires

Scott Hendrickson leaves behind a growing company and an impressive legacy.

As a golfer, Scott Hendrickson has had two holes-in-one. But as a person, he actually had three. When Scott co-founded Alliant National more than 16 years ago, there was no way of knowing the venture would be successful, much less that it would be an ace that would grow into the leading independent underwriter for the independent agent. 

Back in the mid-aughts, Scott was coming off three decades of experience in financial services and leadership, having held senior positions in diverse industries like insurance, manufacturing and distribution. Eager to begin a new stage in his professional life, Scott joined with fellow co-founders Dave Ginger and Bob Grubb to create Alliant National, a title insurance underwriter with the unique mission of empowering independent agents and never competing against them.

The Colorado-based company started as a small regional underwriter. Yet under the guidance and stewardship of Scott and other members of the leadership team, Alliant National soon took off. Today, the company serves thousands of title professionals as a national underwriter licensed in 30 states and the District of Columbia.

David Sinclair, who began working with Scott in 2011 and now serves as President and CEO of Alliant National, is first to speak about Scott’s invaluable contributions. “Alliant National simply would not be the company it is today without Scott,” he said, reflecting on the CFO’s tenure. “With his leadership abilities, financial acumen and keen insights into this specialized industry, Scott has helped lead us to the success we enjoy today. His influence can be seen in nearly every aspect of our business – from accounting, finance and human resources to our culture and how we work together. What we accomplish in the future will be the direct result of his legacy.”

Margaret Cook, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of Alliant National, had this to say. “Scott is a consummate professional, an ethical, knowledgeable and incredibly talented executive who has played a fundamental role in shaping our company into a leading force in the title insurance industry. We’ll miss his practical insight, curious mind and dry sense of humor. We owe Scott a debt of gratitude for founding the company on his breadth of knowledge, practical guidance and attention to detail.”

As he exits the company he helped create, Scott himself reflected on his time with Alliant National, and on the many co-workers, clients and friends he met along the way. “When we started Alliant National way back in 2005, I had no idea how it was all going to turn out,” he said. “I knew at the time that we had terrific people in place, strong industry knowledge and a unique selling proposition that we thought would really resonate with people. I had no idea how the operation would grow and evolve, or that we would become such an important part of so many people’s lives.

“I guess, if anything, I just feel immensely grateful to have had this experience,” he added. “The people I’ve worked with over the past decade-and-a-half have been some of the best co-workers and title insurance professionals anyone can ask to work with. I have made connections that I’m sure will last the rest of my life, and I hope that through this work, I have made peoples’ lives a bit better. Title insurance isn’t the easiest industry for people to understand, but it enables ordinary people to build the lives they want with peace of mind. And I think that really matters in the end.”

For anyone who has worked with him, there is no doubt that Scott has made a major impact, and not only in creating a strong, vital company with a sizable presence across the country. As an executive, Scott has modeled poise, servant leadership and a commitment to excellence that one can only hope to encounter during their professional career. He leaves not only an admirable legacy within the organization at Alliant National, but on the entire title insurance industry.

“We started Alliant National with the hope of changing what a title insurance underwriter could be,” said Scott. “I am immensely proud of the operation we’ve built and that our mission to support independent agents remains at the heart of the Alliant National way. I wanted to leave the industry better than I found it. I certainly tried my very best.”

Rest assured Scott, you’ve accomplished what you set out to do. And as you take your last bow at Alliant National, we hope you can rest, recharge, and perhaps find it a bit easier to enjoy a round or two of golf. Considering your track record, we’re sure you have many more holes-in-one in your future.

Congratulations on your retirement, Scott. And thank you from everyone at Alliant National!

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Alliant National Welcomes Back Lin Brasier as VP Southwest Underwriting Counsel

Welcome home Lin Brasier! Alliant National is excited to have Lin back where he belongs. With his vast industry knowledge stretching over four decades, Lin will bring exceptional value to Alliant National’s operations as VP Southwest Underwriting Counsel.

Lin will be busy in this new position, providing agents with his expert perspective and assisting with transactions that require underwriting support. Without question, independent agents and Alliant National’s Southwest team will benefit greatly from his presence, as KC West, SVP and Southwest Region Manager, explains:

“Lin has been vital to Alliant National’s success and growth,” West said. “I am excited to have him back as part of the family again after his brief absence.”

Having originally worked for Alliant National from 2014 to 2020, Lin has always been known as a friendly, steady and knowledgeable force within the title insurance field. His long career stretches back much further than that, however, spanning 43 years – up until he temporarily retired two years ago.

Now that he’s back, we can’t wait to see the positive impact he will have on Alliant National’s internal staff and network of independent agents. As the premier independent underwriter for the independent agent, Alliant National’s achievements have always depended on the contributions of title professionals like Lin – folks who truly live our values and always put agents first. Welcome back Lin! We’ve missed you!

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Southwest Team Grows Stronger

Rae Jeanne is a deeply knowledgeable and talented professional with a long history in the field, having grown up helping manage her mother’s Texas real estate firm. After receiving her license in 1994, she led her own team within that firm, and for the past decade, she has been busy assisting her husband with their business and managing her real estate practice. 

We are thrilled to have her accept this position at Alliant National, where she will split her time between agency responsibilities and helping foster continuing education initiatives. We are confident Rae Jeanne will excel in this position for many years to come!

Rae Jeanne enjoys staying active outside of work. A self-described lake rat, she loves boating, cook-offs and spending time with her husband and two young adult children. She is involved with outreach and youth programs through her church, and she has worked with several committees at her local Chamber of Commerce in the past.

If you have questions for Rae Jeanne or would simply like to send her a personal welcome, she can be contacted at: rjsteele@alliantnational.com.  
  Please join us in warmly welcoming Rae Jeanne to our Southwest Regional Team!

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Giving Thanks for the independent title agent

In 1789, the first Federal Congress passed a resolution asking that the President of the United States recommend to the nation a day of thanksgiving. But it was President Roosevelt who ultimately signed a resolution on December 26, 1941, establishing the fourth Thursday in November as the Federal Thanksgiving Day holiday.

It’s amazing that it took over 150 years to settle on a consistent holiday, especially when you consider that giving thanks has been fundamental to our culture from the very inception of our nation.

Giving thanks is also a key part of our culture at Alliant National. Our people live the spirit of Thanksgiving each day. No one is more important to us than the independent title agents that make the American Dream possible. We celebrate your contributions to the lives of the families you touch and the communities you serve.

As an independent agent:

You protect the rights of homeowners and safeguard their economic liberty to own property and build wealth.

You champion the American virtues of independence, entrepreneurship and self-reliance.

You support important philanthropic causes in the communities you serve.

You take great care of your employees, who in turn, take great care of your customers.

You build a “legacy of opportunity” for all of those who walk into your office – staff and customers alike.

Alliant National recognizes your unique role in preserving our American way of life.

“Happy Thanksgiving” from The Independent Underwriter for The Independent Agent℠.

This blog contains general information only, not intended to be relied upon as, nor a substitute for, specific professional advice. We accept no responsibility for loss occasioned to any purpose acting on or refraining from action as a result of any material on this blog.

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