Freedom Top 10 FL Agent

Congratulations to Top 10 Alliant National Florida agent Freedom Title in Villages, FL

Congratulations again to Freedom Title in Villages, FL – a Top 10 Alliant National agent in Florida. We honored their amazing team during an awards presentation at a celebratory dinner.

Lisa Yates, Annie Hampton, Dea Hubner, Chris Pedersen, Debra Coffie, Brenda Cannon and Lindsay Harrison were there representing Alliant National, with Tiffany Henderson and her staff at Freedom Title. We had a great time!

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La Maison Top 10 FL Agent

Congratulations to Top 10 Alliant National Florida agent La Maison Title

Congratulations again to La Maison Title in Tampa and St. Petersburg – a Top 10 Alliant National agent in Florida. We raised a glass in honor of their fabulous team during our celebratory dinner.

Lisa Yates, (Chris Yates – Lisa’s son) and Donna More Esq. representing Alliant National, with Angi Comas and her staff at La Maison Title.

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Tallgrass Title’s Evolution

What began as a law office that also did a bit of title work in rural Kansas has transformed into Tallgrass Title, a thriving title insurance agency serving three counties in Northeast Kansas.

Jake Pugh, owner of Tallgrass Title, is happy to share the long history of this successful family business. Jake’s grandfather started the law office in the 1940’s, Jake’s father joined the business in the 1980’s and Jake joined “a few years later,” in 2006.

“Title insurance wasn’t even a thing back in the 1940’s,” recalls Jake. “But the law office did dabble in probate, title work and routine real estate items.”

Jake’s father saw an emerging market in title insurance in the 1980’s and opened a title business, Wamego Title, in the back office of the law firm.

It became a successful business among the locals, but outside of the town of Wamego, no one knew about it. Fast forward to 2017 and Wamego Title wanted to grow and serve clients in the Northeast Kansas region.

Through a successful relationship as an independent agent with Alliant National Title Insurance Company, Wamego Title rebranded as Tallgrass Title.

Jake began the process by collaborating with Alliant National’s Director of Marketing Nikki Smith in conjunction with Alliant National’s partner David Hafleigh from Future Works.

Nikki and David worked closely with Jake, sharing knowledge based on market research and experience with helping other independent agents grow their title insurance businesses.

Together, they chose a regional-based name for the business: Tallgrass Title, a name that’s inspired by the area’s rolling prairie hills, valleys and rivers.

Nikki and David were extremely insightful, helping Jake with a new website, advertising and other branding material, as well as event planning for a grand re-opening under the Tallgrass Title name.

While Jake loved the rebranding efforts, one marketing practice he felt adamantly against was blogging.

He didn’t need to do such a thing, and nobody in the area would know about or seek out his blogs, and if by chance they did read his blogs, they’d be bored with the content.

Or, so he thought. Nikki was insistent that Jake needed to blog.

Jake wrote a few blogs and posted to Tallgrass Title’s website. And then, he cross-posted those blogs to the company’s social media sites and shared them via email newsletters.

They also used details from the blog to put into educational presentations. Then, he went about his business, attending networking events and being active in his community. But, something was different.

Realtors would approach him and talk about his blog. They’d ask follow-up questions, and also request topics for him to write about in future blogs. They appreciated his knowledge and wanted more blogs!

Business opportunities are growing for Tallgrass Title in the Northeast Kansas region and every day, Jake is grateful that he found Alliant National Title Insurance Company.

Ellis County Title Company – A Sense of Community

A sense of community is at the heart of it all for Ellis County Title Company’s Executive Vice President Erik Barnard.

Erik first worked at Ellis County Title Company in 1994 as a high school student, 10 years after his father Harold purchased the company with close friend Jim Pitts. Harold and Jim purchased Ellis County Title Company, seeking a job that would allow them to provide for their families and serve their community at the same time. Through the years, Ellis County Title has thrived, serving thousands in this cozy Texas community of Waxahachie and Ellis County by helping them invest in home ownership. Soon after Erik Barnard completed college at the University of Mary-Hardin in Baylor, he returned to Ellis County Title, eager to join the family business and serve his community. The thing Erik enjoys most about his role at Ellis County Title is “helping people realize their investment and home ownership goals.” He adds that, “many of the people I help are friends and neighbors, as well as families that I have known my entire life.” Ellis County Title’s business model is based on serving their small community through strong and lasting relationships. He adds that all of the company’s employees are “like family” and they interact outside of work, as well as in the office. The average tenure for an employee is 15-20 years. Since putting the community first is the priority, which also includes home buyers and sellers, employees and strategic partners, Ellis County Title actively looks for partners who make people a priority. That’s one of the reasons Ellis County Title Company enjoys working with Alliant National Title Insurance Company. Harold, Jim, Erik and their team work closely with Alliant National’s Craig Dunbar, and have for over a quarter of a century. Erik said Craig’s commitment to their business and their shared mindset of “treating others as you want to be treated, having high values and always doing the right thing” is one reason they’ve worked so well together for so long. Along with his community fellowship in Waxahachie, Erik enjoys spending time with his wife Laura and children (Nolan and Knox), cheering on his kids in their sporting events, golfing and running. While he’s not one to brag, Erik has quite a running history. He is a marathon and half-marathon runner! Erik summarizes his work/life balance by sharing that he’s been blessed with a wonderful community to serve, caring employees and talented partners like Alliant National to aid in Ellis County Title Company’s continued success. Contact Ellis County Title Company 469-517-0160 www.elliscountytitlecompany.com ]]>

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