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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.
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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.


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Cathie Beck
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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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Kara Elgin - welcome aboard

Welcome Kara B. Elgin as Associate Underwriting Counsel in Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska

Elgin brings fourteen years of experience in real estate law to the new position.

          LONGMONT, Colo. (March 12, 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 hiring of Kara B. Elgin, Esq., Associate Underwriting Counsel for Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska.

          Elgin brings fourteen years of experience in real estate law to the new position, and affords Alliant National the opportunity to bring her level of expertise and commitment to the company’s 500+ independent agents. “My previous experience in title and real estate has been a building block for the work we’ll be doing in Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska on behalf of Alliant National’s independent agents,” says Elgin. “I am excited to be associated with a company with this level of growth and stellar reputation.”

          Elgin’s duties at Alliant National include supporting independent title agents by making sound underwriting risk decisions, providing analysis and guidance on relevant federal and state laws, and developing and presenting educational materials and underwriting resources.

          “Kara is an asset to our Alliant National team on many levels,” says Margaret Cook, Deputy General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Alliant National Title Insurance Company. “Kara’s positive attitude, experience and knowledge, coupled with her ability to align her talents with our independent agents and their goals, helps create continued growth for Alliant National.”

          Elgin received a Bachelor of Science from Central Missouri State University, majoring in political science, and her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law.

          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.

Press Release re: Rodney Andeson's promotion to Executive Vice President and National Agency Manager

Alliant National Announces Addition of Executive Vice-President and National Agency Manager

Anderson brings over 30 years’ experience in agency operations and leadership

LONGMONT, Colo. (Feb. 20, 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 that Rodney Anderson has been promoted to Executive Vice President and National Agency Manager, effective immediately.

Anderson will expand his current responsibilities for developing, marketing and managing Alliant National’s Southwest Region Agency operations to include national market expansion and oversight of the company’s 25 licensed state agency operations.

Anderson will be a member of the senior Executive Leadership Team working to aggressively expand Alliant National’s footprint. “I am honored that our CEO and ownership group, Presidio Partners, has placed their trust in me with such a key role within Alliant National,” says Anderson. “Throughout my career I have worked to support the independent agent, and I look very forward to working with the agency team assembled at Alliant National to help independent agents across the country.”

Anderson is a seasoned real estate and title insurance industry expert with over thirty years’ experience in agency operations as the current Southwest Regional Manager for Alliant National, former co-owner of an independent title agency, and agency operations manager for a national independent agency. In addition, Mr. Anderson served three full terms as a State Representative in the Texas Legislature.  

“It is not often one gets the opportunity to work side by side with an industry professional of Rodney’s caliber,” says David Sinclair, Alliant National president and CEO.

“His unique experience combined with his passion for independent agents makes him the perfect person to lead our agency team, particularly at this juncture of accelerated company growth.”

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.

Welcome David Hoffman

Alliant National Announces Hiring of David Hoffman

Hoffman brings over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of title insurance as Assistant Vice President and State Agency Manager: Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska

LONGMONT, Colo. (Feb. 10, 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 hiring of David Hoffman as Assistant Vice President and State Agency Manager for Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.

For over 25 years, Hoffman has been a licensed title producer in Missouri and Kansas. Hoffman brings a particular passion to the new position, in part because of his decades of service, but also because of the Alliant National commitment to independent agents. “I’ve been very fortunate to work in all facets of the title business which has allowed me to provide a greater insight and understanding when working with agents,” says Hoffman.

“I am extremely proud to be associated with a company with a singular focus – the independent title agency,” he adds. “I’m passionate about the title industry and about the opportunity to make a difference. I am committed to the high Alliant National standards.”

Hoffman’s duties at Alliant National include:  management and maintenance of agency network; growing the agency network; consulting with agents to provide education, marketing, sales, and strategic growth support; and representing Alliant National at industry events.

“David brings to Alliant National his commitment to our culture of helping others,” says Manoj Purohit, Alliant National Senior Vice President, Central-West Regional Manager. “His wealth of knowledge and experience, combined with his passion for the industry, makes him a perfect fit to serve our agents and ensure their continued growth and success.”

Hoffman took his B.A. from William Jewell College in public relations, advertising and applied communication. He is an avid fly fisherman, golfer and dedicated “foodie.” He has two daughters and lives in Kansas City, Mo.

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 24 states and the District of Columbia, with annual revenues exceeding $126 million.

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press release

Why the Press Release Matters (and How to Write One)

Releases serve more purposes today than they ever have before.

A lot of independent agents know what a press release is – many even write them and distribute their press releases to regional or even national press.

What a lot of title insurance professionals don’t necessarily understand, however, is (a) what the press release is; (b) why it pays to write one; and (c) where to send it and why.

The mighty press release is a 1- to 2-page document that trumpets news. It tells an audience that something important has happened, usually to a company and why it is important. There are tactical elements to a press release: who is sending it; the date it is sent, the geographical place of origin (city and state); the headline and the body.

The best press releases keep it simple: they have three to four paragraphs that tell what the news is, why that news is important, what that news means to the company and customers, and a small amount of background on the company sending the press release. Persons from whom the press release is sent are often quoted.

Editors, reporters, TV anchors and radio broadcast people have traditionally relied upon the press release to alert them to news. Today, social media experts also use press release material to populate social media platforms and to include in inner-company and outside-company newsletters and other communication vehicles.

The press release is actually a celebration of a company. Done right – meaning well-written, regularly sent press releases – showcase a company’s strengths and help to tell a company’s story. A new hire, a new product, a company move, surpassing growth goals – the news is virtually limitless. It need only be true and told well.

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) says about press releases:

Purpose

Releases serve more purposes today than they ever have before. They provide valuable SEO for your website, serve as a primary source of information for your investors, and help align your internal teams on critical messages — all while advising the media of important changes and events at your company.

Content

No more boring, text-only content on the latest corporate announcements. The press release today can be an engaging, multimedia experience. This is where you can make a journalist’s job easy and increase your changes of getting coverage by including great B-roll footage, embeddable video and compelling, high-resolution images with your release.

Yes! B-roll can be dropped into a press release, as can YouTube links, photos, even animation.

But there’s really no need to reinvent the wheel. Go online to a company’s website that you admire. Look at their press releases usually housed under a “News” tab. Read it and mimic it (but don’t copy and paste – that plagiarism, is unethical and opens up potential worlds of trouble).

Take a look at some of Alliant National’s press releases:  https://alliantnational.com/category/press/. Read one or two. They are carefully written, thoughtfully edited and purposefully distributed to appropriate media.

Feel free to follow the “formula” of a press release and then distribute to media you want to reach via email. You’ll be surprised when, done regularly and well, the attention (the good kind) your company ultimately receives.

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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