Happy Retirement to Lin Brasier

Congratulations Lin Brasier!

One of the best things to ever happen to Alliant National Title was the addition of Lin Brasier as Regional Underwriting Counsel.

It is said that all good things must come to an end. BUT, in some cases the “good things” coming to an end for one, may actually be the most incredible thing for someone else. One of the best things to ever happen to Alliant National Title was the addition of Lin Brasier as Regional Underwriting Counsel. Lin’s vast knowledge base has been used by Alliant National title agents for almost 6 years after 37 years with a national underwriter. When Lin came to Alliant National, he promised that he would work for “two years.”  That was almost 6 years ago.

 As of March 31, 2020, Lin will have the pleasure of joining his wonderful wife Carol, who has shared him with the title industry for almost 5 decades, in deciding just what he is going to do every day that doesn’t include title insurance. Yes, after a career spanning more than 43 years, Lin Brasier, will be joining the ranks of those who are called retired.

Happy Retirement Day Lin, you’ve earned it!

Loving hands of hope

Offering Hope, Compassion and Promise: Patrick Hagler’s Five Years With Atlanta’s Homeless Teens

Patrick Hagler, Esq., Alliant National State Counsel-Georgia, walks the streets of Atlanta handing out blankets, hygiene kits, and gloves to any and all homeless teenagers he comes across. Doing so has been his mission and passion for over five years.

Not only does he not ever see himself stopping this philanthropic effort, he has 2020 plans to start his own non-profit 501(c)(3) in order to broaden the scope of recipients to include everyone–women, children, and men of all ages. “I started volunteering with the group Lost and Found Youth in Atlanta five years ago,” he says. “The organization provides counseling and services to homeless youth and young adults in the Atlanta area and surrounding region. I also work their 24-hour hotline. Kids need a place to go, to find a meal, and this is an effort that helps them do that.”

Patrick Hagler

Why does

Patrick do it?

Patrick does it because he cannot help himself. “Doing street outreach with Lost and Found Youth and seeing all the people living on the streets affected me deeply and broke my heart,” he says. “You see these people, human beings, with sullen faces and desperate eyes just looking for some compassion. When it is cold in the winter and brutally hot in the summers, giving my time and spreading some love, human touch, compassion and hope is the least we can offer.”

Some might wonder if Patrick ever felt threatened or if he ever found himself in a dangerous situation. In the five years Patrick’s been working the streets, he’s never been afraid. “Most people I have encountered welcome the support and only take what they need,” he says. “I have gone into places with some reservation, sure. But showing people you are there to help and just providing some compassion, well, any fears subside. They are living human beings that are down on their luck.”

What began as a simple helping effort, has morphed into Patrick soliciting donations from friends and family. Those efforts now make his second bedroom a sort of ad hoc stock room. The outpouring of support from the Facebook page he currently keeps up, has been one of his biggest surprises (Loving Hands of Hope @Haglers

“I began collecting money and then collecting hygiene kits,” he says. “We began hitting the streets, looking for kids in different locations where they typically stay.

“What I found so often, especially when it’s cold,” he adds, “is that the men typically defer to the women and children so they get into shelters first. Literally everyone is out there.

Hagler's donations

“Today I have a spare room and two cars full of stuff,” he says. “And after reaching out to friends on Facebook, their friends now donate. Alliant National is also donating 150 hygiene kits. It all began as a way to give back and it’s slowly grown.”

Patrick hopes his planned, 2020 new organization will continue to assist not only the youth and young adults that Lost and Found Youth of Atlanta serves, but to all people who never thought they would be on the streets. “One of the things I have found it that not all the people that are homeless want to be there,” he says. “They are not all deadbeats and drug addicts just living on the streets because that’s what they planned for their life. “We are all just one job loss or one bad decision from being there ourselves,” says Patrick. “There is no demographic for the homeless. They are simply trying to survive.”

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Congratulations Mary Ann Howard!

Thank you Mary Ann for your legacy of professionalism and support, you will be missed.

After more than 40 years in the title business, Mary Ann Howard has made the decision to join the ranks of those who get to wake up every day saying, “What am I going to do today?” Yes, she is officially retired.

Mary Ann built a very successful career by always being accessible, not only to her agents, but to anyone and everyone in the industry who needed help.

Red Flower Ranch

Alliant National Employee Spotlight: Julie Murphy

Some of us have dogs. Maybe two. Cats? They’re popular, also. But Julie Murphy, who has a combination of canines and felines, also raises alpacas and llamas, all of which provide far greater benefits than simple companionship.

Julie, who is the administrative assistant to the executive team at Alliant National—and describes herself as the “lead fun-maker of office festivities”—co-owns Red Flower Ranch, a 10-acre plot just east of Mead, Colorado, with her husband. They—and their 12-year-old daughter, Sara, who was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis, Type 1 at 10 months old—live on the property, alongside two llamas and 13 alpacas, two dogs and three cats.

“Our name comes from a small flower on our farm,” says Julie, recalling the first time she spotted a little red flower blooming in a dry patch of dirt tucked in between a wall and some fencing. “It was the only living thing for several feet around it, and we were amazed at its determination to grow and thrive despite the huge odds against it,” says Julie. “It reminded us of Sara and all she’s been through with Neurofibromatosis—and all she has yet to face in the future.  To us, it represents drive, determination and the ability to thrive under any circumstance.”

It was Sara’s medical team, in fact, that originally introduced the alpacas to the Murphy family. “We hadn’t been around alpacas at all, but her doctors thought that because of the peace they exude by simply being, they might be the kind of animals that our daughter would benefit from,” says Julie.

A short time later, the family attended an alpaca show to determine if the doctors were right.

“When we met the alpacas, we knew that these were the animals for us,” remembers Julie. “We quickly realized that there were many benefits to having them, including the fact that they’re great therapy animals, thanks to their curious nature and calm demeanor.” 

As an added bonus, shares Julie, “They grow the most amazing fiber, which is considered by many to be the best natural fiber available.” The result? Easygoing animals that would bond with Sara and a successful alpaca business that would provide the Murphy family with a sense of security.  

Since purchasing the property in the spring of 2013, Julie and her husband have spruced up the farm buildings, incorporated multiple pastures and built several llama and alpaca pens. In November of 2016, they started Red Flower Ranch.

“Our niche is that we have alpacas and llamas, while most farms have horses, cows and other typical farm animals,” says Julie, adding that the slogan of their ranch is “Colorado Raised & Made,” a motto backed by a fierce dedication to selling products produced by their own animals. “Unless I simply can’t avoid it, I don’t import fibers or materials from other countries, like Peru or Chile,” stresses Julie, pointing out that very few of her finished products are imported. “If they aren’t made by us, they’re made in the USA. Our goal is to keep it local, kind of like farm-to-table, except we’re more like ‘alpaca-to-hat.’”

Her other love, of course, is Sara, whose genetic disease has resulted in tumors that grow inside her nervous system. The disease can also cause bone deformities, blindness, deafness, cancer and other complications. 

Still, despite daily pain in her legs and hips, bone deformities in her daughter’s pelvis and legs and numerous renal problems, Julie remains optimistic. “While Sara’s had more than a dozen surgeries in her lifetime and more hospitalizations than I care to think about, she’s a happy girl and I thank God that I get to be her mom.”

Sara’s favorite alpaca is a black female named Midnight Dancer. “Dancer and Sara have something special and love being together,” says Julie, noting, too, that Sara participates in craft and livestock shows. “She enjoys talking to people, especially other kids, about alpacas and answering all their questions.”

While Sara’s disease is debilitating, the Murphy family has leaned on the Children’s Tumor Foundation—the world’s largest nonprofit currently funding neurofibromatosis research—  for support and guidance.

“When Sara was diagnosed, there was no treatment protocol and little research to advance a cure,” says Julie. “We still don’t have a cure, but they’ve reached a point where some promising medications and breakthroughs are on the horizon. I’m excited for the future and what it will bring to help those suffering worldwide from Neurofibromatosis.” 

The Children’s Tumor Foundation has been so instrumental in Sara’s treatment that Julie donates a portion of each sale from the ranch to the Foundation.

While they continue to search for treatments for Sara’s disease, Julie lives in the moment and finds joy in the little things. “My husband always says that when things get hard, there’s a whole lot of upside potential. It reminds me that no matter how bad it is, it will get better, and when it’s already good, it could turn out to be great.”

Julie’s dedication and work ethic—she performs office manager duties for Alliant National’s corporate office, functions as an event planner and works closely with the education team—extends far beyond her office walls.

She’s a warrior and her positive attitude and genuine compassion for others is palpable. “I’m so blessed to have an amazing and supportive husband and the greatest daughter anyone could ask for. She’s taught me what true strength really looks like and to have more patience than I ever thought myself capable of,” says Julie. “To top it off, I’ve been given the opportunity to raise amazing animals and help educate others about their benefits. I truly am living the American dream.”

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Congratulations to Dustin Tillman

Welcome Dustin Tillman, Alliant National’s New North Florida Agency Manager

Dustin’s father, Tim Tillman, grew Alliant National’s footprint in North Florida over the past six years.  When Tim decided to answer the call to use his exemplary title and management skills as the Florida Production Manager, an active search began for someone to fill the Agency Manager position in North Florida.  Dustin rose to the top as an obvious choice.

Dustin has been with Alliant National for two years. He will work closely with Tim through the transition as he continues to cultivate Alliant National’s footprint

“Dustin has always been diligent, responsible and a hard worker; always with a sense of purpose and he has grown to be a man of great character.”

– Tim Tillman

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