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Cathie Beck

Cathie Beck is the founder and president of Capital City Public Relations and an award-winning journalist and published book author with over 25 years of experience.
Happy Retirement - Phyllis Mulder

Fourteen Years and A Lot Fans

Phyllis Mulder Helped Shape Alliant National

What can be said about Phyllis Mulder? Just ask a few people who have worked with her at Alliant National since she came on board in July 2006, and you’ll hear what seems like 10,000 glowing comments. To an outsider, the accolades may initially sound like nice talk – just something you say about an executive who retires after 14 years with the same company. But as members of the Alliant National family share their heartfelt and personal stories, you realize that it’s all true; you are learning about a woman who not only helped shape a company, but also the careers and lives of seemingly everyone with whom she has come into contact.

Phyllis Mulder joined Alliant National almost at the company’s inception. Dave Ginger introduced Phyllis in ’06 to his co-founders Bob Grubb and Scott Hendrickson. Once they met, no one ever looked back. Since those auspicious beginnings, Phyllis has served as Chief Legal Officer & Executive Vice President at Alliant National, served as President of the Texas Land Title Association, participated in many committees through TLTA and ALTA, and helped the company grow from a handful of agents in a handful of states, to a national organization that today operates in 25 states and supports more than 500 independent agents. 

David Sinclair, Alliant National CEO, has worked with Phyllis since 2011. He says Phyllis has played an important role in the company’s transition from a small- to mid-sized title insurance underwriter to a widely respected and recognized industry leader. “Phyllis has been instrumental in the development of the Alliant National culture,” says Sinclair, “and she has allowed us to recruit and retain outstanding people.

“When discussing any issue, Phyllis listens deeply,” he adds. “Phyllis is calm, thoughtful, respectful and kind. She remains steady in the face of uncertainty and unflustered by the whims of others.”

That rock-steady presence is not lost on other colleagues. Margaret Cook, General Counsel & EVP of Alliant National, has worked alongside Phyllis since 2010. Phyllis and Margaret previously worked together for about four years in the early 2000s, and Phyllis recruited Margaret to Alliant National.  

“Phyllis is the consummate professional,” says Cook. “She is intelligent, collaborative, humble, and consistent. She genuinely cares about others and brings out the best in them. My favorite part of working with Phyllis is how she empowers her co-workers to succeed and sincerely celebrates their successes.”   

Cook shares her admiration for Phyllis’ skills as an attorney. “Phyllis is the calm in the storm when it comes to making legal decisions. She is a natural team player who instinctively values the ideas and suggestions of others. She applies her sharp, analytical mind to think through all angles of a problem, and develops a solution that works for all parties,” she says. “Phyllis is also a master of the English language and enjoys learning and sharing. One day, she came upon and circulated a case where the outcome hinged on the lack of an Oxford comma – to the delight of the serial comma proponents on the Legal Team.”

Alliant National co-founder and long-time colleague of Phyllis, Bob Grubb, gathered a number of comments from Phyllis’ colleagues to celebrate Phyllis’ retirement on a recent company call. Here are just a few of the accolades:

“Jean Bailey, Vice president and Regional Underwriting Counsel for the Southwest Region, said that, due to Phyllis’ deep understanding of the English language, when Alliant National issued a bulletin, it was meticulous, brilliant and the most carefully read bulletin in the industry.

“Brenda Cannon, Underwriting Counsel, Florida, said that when she was considering joining Alliant National, it meant a lot to her that the CLO was a woman, which is not at all common in the industry. ‘I felt an immediate connection with Phyllis.’”

And from Bob Grubb: “Her way of being is the single biggest factor in having Alliant National be so respected in the industry.

Phyllis is an extraordinarily warm person and brilliant attorney. Forget for a minute that, in addition to being Chief Legal Officer at Alliant National, she also hikes, practices yoga, is an avid bird watcher, spends considerable time in national and state parks – and has run dozens of half-marathons. It’s her humanness that touches the hearts of her colleagues. “I’ll always remember the delight in Phyllis’ voice whenever her daughter called,” says Cook. “Of all of Phyllis’ accomplishments, it’s easy to tell that she’s most proud of being a mother and raising a beautiful, smart, and independent child.”

Likewise, Sinclair knows well the warmth and humanness that is Phyllis Mulder. “Phyllis is a balancing force,” says Sinclair. “One of my favorite parts of working with her is that, regardless of moods or mindsets, she is always available to listen and make a personal connection.

“Phyllis seeks to find the positive in literally everyone,” he adds. “She works with the information supplied and develops the very best product to meet the needs of others.” 

But perhaps the most telling aspect of Phyllis leaving Alliant National after 14 years of service, is how Phyllis feels about exiting – and about her stewardship of Alliant National. “The biggest thing I will miss when I leave are the people who make up Alliant National,” she says. “That is what I will miss the most. 

“What an honor it has been to work with individuals who are so caring, professional, honest, smart, fun,” she adds. “I have learned something valuable from each person I’ve worked with. I am grateful for the lessons, the mentoring, the laughs, and the help along the way.

“What a gift – throughout the last 14 years to be able to say, ‘I love my job – I love what I do – I love the people I work with,’” she says. “This has been an amazing learning and growing journey. I am proud of our company’s growth, which has resulted from helping others achieve their goals and objectives. How rewarding to work at a company focused on serving our agents, our people, our industry, and all of our stakeholders.”

The evidence shows that Alliant National returns the sentiment. Well done, Phyllis Mulder, Esq.

Well done.

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Alliant National Announces Mary Berner as AVP, Southeast Florida Agency Manager

Berner brings more than 30 years of title insurance knowledge and leadership experience to Alliant National.

LONGMONT, COLO. (June 23, 2020) – Alliant National Title Insurance Company announces new hire Mary Berner as Assistant Vice-President, Southeast Florida Agency Manager, effective immediately.

Berner brings more than 30 years of title insurance knowledge and leadership experience to Alliant National. Alliant National measures its success through the empowerment of people and protecting property owners with the finest title insurance, while helping independent title agents flourish and expand their competitive positions in the marketplace.

Berner’s duties include developing relationships with agents and helping to increase Alliant National’s footprint in the Florida market.

“I am thrilled to join such an amazing group of professionals,” says Berner. . “I look forward to bringing my experiences and relationships to such a welcoming environment that empowers independent agents and supports their success.”

“Mary’s vast industry experience and knowledge make her a valuable addition to our Florida team,” said Debra J. Coffie, Senior Vice President, Florida Regional Manager. “She is among the best in Florida at developing long lasting relationships and helping independent agents thrive.”

Alliant National welcomes Berner and looks forward to utilizing her deep understanding of the title industry, which she developed over the past three decades. She has held the position of AVP, Agency Manager in West Palm Beach, Fla., cementing her reputation as one of the most respected leaders in the title industry.

“We are honored to bring Mary Berner into the Alliant National family,” said Coffie.

Alliant National was founded in 2005 by a group of seasoned title insurance professionals, business leaders and entrepreneurs. It began as a regional underwriter operating in Colorado with a few key agents and first year revenues of $131,000. Today, Alliant covers five regions, with its corporate headquarters in Longmont, Colo., and a second office in Oviedo, Fla., where claims are processed.

Visit alliantnational.com for additional information.


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ABOUT ALLIANT NATIONAL TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY

The Independent Underwriter for The Independent Agentsm – Alliant National believes in empowering people to thrive.

The company protects the dreams of property owners with secure title insurance and partners with 500+ trusted independent title agents as a licensed underwriter in 25 states and the District of Columbia, with annual revenues exceeding $126 million.


ISO27001 Seal of Excellence

Alliant National Successfully Completes Second-Year ISO 27001 Certification Annual Surveillance Audit

LONGMONT, Colo. (May 19, 2020) – Alliant National Title Insurance Company, a unique title insurance underwriter that partners with independent agents to improve their competitive position in the marketplace, announces the completion of its second-year surveillance audit and maintenance of the prestigious and coveted ISO 27001 Certification for 2020.

ISO 27001:2013 is an information security standard published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards, and the International Electrotechnical Commission. Alliant National’s initial certification was issued in May 2015, and renewed in May 2018 by A-lign, an independent and accredited certification body based in the United States.

To maintain the current certification, which is valid until 2021, Alliant National had to successfully complete a formal, independent annual surveillance audit. Successfully completing this audit is evidence that Alliant National continues to meet rigorous international standards in ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, availability and protection of non-public information.

“We are very pleased and proud to have successfully completed this 2020 annual ISO 27001 certification surveillance audit, which continues to distinguish the unique capabilities of Alliant National,” says David Sinclair, Alliant National CEO. “This annual audit provides lenders and our stakeholders strong assurance in our protection of non-public and confidential information. It reflects our ongoing commitment to meet or exceed the highest standards when securing and protecting the non-public information that we are entrusted with every day.”

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Alliant National distinguishes itself from competitors by combining strong underwriting capability with independent agents’ in-depth knowledge of local markets. The result is a nationwide network with deep roots in local communities, and a wealth of expertise that is flexible, nuanced and continuously growing.

Visit alliantnational.com for additional information.


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Cathie Beck
Capital City Public Relation
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ABOUT ALLIANT NATIONAL TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY

The Independent Underwriter for The Independent Agent® – Alliant National believes in empowering people to thrive.

The company protects the dreams of property owners with secure title insurance and partners with 500+ trusted independent title agents as a licensed underwriter in 25 states and the District of Columbia, with annual revenues exceeding $126 million.

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Alliant National earns Strong Commercial Real Estate Recommendation from Demotech

Alliant National proudly receives the Commercial Real Estate Recommendation of “Strongly Recommended” by Demotech.

LONGMONT, Colo. (April 28, 2020) – Alliant National Title Insurance Company, a unique title insurance underwriter that partners with independent agents to improve their competitive position in the marketplace,is proud to receive the Commercial Real Estate Recommendation of “Strongly Recommended” by Demotech, the premier rating body for the title insurance industry. This recommendation was earned by demonstrating our employees’ many years of deep commercial expertise in underwriting and examining commercial titles, our robust reinsurance structure with the Lloyd’s of London markets, and our framework of comprehensive risk management systems and internal controls. We issue policies exclusively through our network of high quality independent title agents, and we are thrilled to work with them for all of their commercial transactions.

“Over many years, we have attracted highly qualified underwriting and examining talent to serve our agents who handle commercial transactions, and we have tirelessly worked with the Lloyds of London reinsurers to have the most solid financial backing for those transactions. As we continue to grow, we are very excited to have earned this new recommendation from Demotech,” said David Sinclair, CEO of Alliant National. “This rating reflects our capacity, and the depth of experience, financial backing and robust framework of controls that we rely upon to service our agents who work with commercial lenders, borrowers, buyers and sellers, all of whom demand a top-notch underwriter for their title insurance policies. We are extremely grateful to our valued agents for bringing these commercial transactions to us”.

Alliant National distinguishes itself from competitors by combining strong underwriting capability with independent agents’ in-depth knowledge of local markets. The result is a nationwide network with deep roots in local communities, and a wealth of expertise that is flexible, nuanced and continuously growing.

Visit alliantnational.com for additional information.


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Cathie Beck
Capital City Public Relation
e : cathie@capitalcitypr.com
p : 303-241-0805

ABOUT ALLIANT NATIONAL TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY

The Independent Underwriter for The Independent Agent® – Alliant National believes in empowering people to thrive.

The company protects the dreams of property owners with secure title insurance and partners with 500+ trusted independent title agents as a licensed underwriter in 25 states and the District of Columbia, with annual revenues exceeding $126 million.

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Alliant National’s Agent Quality Management System Passes Service Organization Control Exam

Alliant National achieves compliant status for six consecutive years.

LONGMONT, Colo. (April 9, 2020) – Alliant National Title Insurance Company, a unique title insurance underwriter that partners with independent agents to improve their competitive position in the marketplace, announces the successful completion of the Service Organization Control (SOC) 1 SSAE 18 Type II examination for the sixth consecutive year.

          The examination results in an American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) endorsed report stating that Alliant National Title Insurance Company has maintained effective controls over its Agent Quality Management System. A-Lign Certified Public Accountants of Tampa, Fla., performed the engagement. The unqualified satisfactory report, with no exceptions, was issued January 6, 2020 and covered the full year 2019.

          The successful SSAE 18 Type II examination verifies Alliant National’s processes for approving, monitoring, and reviewing its agents, which results in its agents being designated as Authorized Service Providers of Alliant National. Under this framework, Alliant National’s independent agents are reviewed annually against rigorous quality standards. Moreover, the SSAE 18 Type II exam validates the systems in place to minimize risk of financial loss to customers in connection with real estate closings. Lenders relying upon Alliant National’s oversight of its agents and Authorized Service Provider program receive additional assurance that processes are complete and function properly in accurately reviewing or certifying its agents.

          “Alliant National was the first title insurance underwriter in the nation to obtain an SSAE16 (now SSAE 18) Type II compliant status,” says Alliant National’s President and CEO, David Sinclair. “Alliant National is also the only title insurance underwriter to achieve compliant status for six consecutive years.

          “This certification provides further independent assurance of our agent oversight systems to lenders,” says Sinclair. “Our goal is to provide lenders unequivocal evidence of the quality of our agents through an independently audited system.”

          Alliant National distinguishes itself from competitors by combining strong underwriting capability with independent agents’ in-depth knowledge of local markets. The result is a nationwide network with deep roots in local communities, and a wealth of expertise that is flexible, nuanced and continuously growing.

Visit alliantnational.com for additional information.


MEDIA INQUIRIES

Cathie Beck
Capital City Public Relation
e : cathie@capitalcitypr.com
p : 303-241-0805

ABOUT ALLIANT NATIONAL TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY

The Independent Underwriter for The Independent Agent® – Alliant National believes in empowering people to thrive.

The company protects the dreams of property owners with secure title insurance and partners with 500+ trusted independent title agents as a licensed underwriter in 25 states and the District of Columbia, with annual revenues exceeding $126 million.

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