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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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Alliant National Announces the Appointments and Promotions of Three Highly Experienced Employees

Congratulations to Tim Tillman, Kim Bergner and Heather Huff on their new positions.

LONGMONT, CO. – Alliant National Title Insurance Company (Alliant National) recently announced the appointments of three employees.  

Tim Tillman

Tim Tillman, Alliant National’s new Florida Production Manager

Six years ago this month, Tim Tillman joined Alliant National as vice president, Tallahassee and Northwest Florida agency manager, where he was responsible for building Alliant National’s footprint in Northwest Florida and the Tallahassee area. Tillman has since been promoted to Florida Production Manager.

Tillman began his career as a courier and moved up the ladder to perform search, exam and mapping with an independent agent in South Florida. Subsequently, he worked as senior examiner and assistant manager for American Pioneer; he was also a senior examiner for Attorneys Title Fund. Just prior to joining Alliant National, Tillman was the operations manager and business center manager of Fidelity National Title Group’ Tallahassee operation, where he managed the production and trained and managed other personnel.

Tillman has done an excellent job of growing Alliant National’s footprint in his area, including managing examiners and our production system. He will continue to reside in the Panhandle area while managing all of the company’s title production staff and processes. “Joining the Alliant National Team presents me with some new challenges and opportunities, and I’m really looking forward to helping Alliant National’s independent agents serve their customers more fully and stand out from the competition,” said Tillman, adding that throughout his career, he’s “grateful to have had the opportunity to foster excellent business relationships along some of the best beaches in the world and around the state capital.”

Kim Bergner

Kim Bergner, promoted to Quality Assurance Auditor of Alliant National

Alliant National Title Insurance is thrilled to announce the promotion of Kim Bergner to quality assurance auditor.

Bergner, a Minnesota native with more than three decades of experience in the title insurance industry, was promoted earlier this year after eight years as agency coordinator of the company. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Bergner holds a B.A. in psychology and a minor in social psychology. It was her father, however, who cemented her career path. “My dad became a realtor later in his life, and he was instrumental in introducing me to the title insurance industry,” said Bergner, who lived all over the Midwest before settling down in Longmont with her husband Bruce, a professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

“In my new job, I reconcile accounts monthly for our Florida agents, and I expect to eventually complete full agency reviews as I continue to gain more experience,” said Bergner, adding that what excites her most about her new position is the “opportunity to do something new and learn from highly experienced auditors.”

In her downtime, Bergner dabbles in fabric arts and needlework, spends time with her children and partakes in thoughtful discussions during her book club powwows. “I like to sing, too, and while I haven’t pursued that passion for years, I do have an extensive collection of music in my car that I’ll sing along to, sometimes with the volume way up.”

Heather Huff

Heather Huff, new Agency Support Manager of Alliant National

In order to keep up with company growth and better serve our independent agents, Alliant National recently hired Heather Huff to fill the newly created position of agency support manager.

Huff, who grew up on a small family farm in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, earned a B.A. from and an MBA from King University. In 2012, she moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where she landed her first job in the title insurance industry as a title abstractor for a national company headquartered in Charlotte. Soon thereafter, she began working for a national underwriter, originally doing sales support and operations before working directly with agents in the field as an agency representative for three years. 

“I’m excited about this new role at Alliant National Title because I’ll l be able to blend all of my past experiences as we continue to mold this new position within the company,” said Huff, who’s responsible for managing the new agent application and on-boarding processes, reporting agency productivity numbers and managing the national operations center. “My goal is to assist in implementing efficient and streamlined processes while providing excellent service to our field staff and our independent agent partners,” she added. Outside of work, Huff enjoys traveling domestically and abroad, music, volleyball, yoga, hiking and hanging out with her dog Teddy.

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About Alliant National Title Insurance Company

The Independent Underwriter for The Independent Agent® Alliant National believes in putting other people first. 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.

Alliant National is the largest title insurance underwriter in the country with no direct operations to compete against its agents and puts the interests of its agents first. Bolstered by financial stability, strong underwriting capability and independent agents’ in-depth knowledge of local markets, the company has established 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.

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
Welcome Vesa

Alliant National Title Insurance Company Appoints Controller

Vesa Tubbs will oversee the financial and statutory reporting and management of the accounting and finance department of Alliant National’s Longmont headquarters.

LONGMONT, CO. – The largest title insurance underwriter in the nation with no direct operations to compete against its agents, Alliant National, announced Vesa Tubbs has been appointed as the company’s controller.

Tubbs has resided in Boulder, Colo. since 2004 and is originally from Moscow, Russia. She holds three degrees: an M.S. in chemical engineering and an M.A. in accounting, both of which she received in Russia, along with a second M.A. in accounting that she earned from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Additionally, Tubbs has a CPA license.

“We are grateful to have Vesa join our team. She brings a strong financial background to assist in our growth,” said Scott Hendrickson, CFO, treasurer and co-founder of Alliant National.

Tubbs will oversee financial and statutory reporting, general accounting and management of the accounting and finance department, she said.

“I came from the public accounting industry, and I have a good understanding of accounting, as well as the technical skills to make the process efficient and user oriented,” she said. “Alliant National is a growing company that’s developing new processes, reports and ideas, and I’m happy to be a part of such a creative group of people.”

When she’s away from the office, Tubbs, who lives with her husband Bob, a math professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, spends her time diving and snorkeling.

“There’s nothing like the ocean,” Tubbs said, adding that she also enjoys hiking. “I’m fortunate to live in Boulder, so I can just close my back door and go hiking around Chautauqua, in the sun or the rain, with company or alone. For me, being in the thick of nature is the best stress release I know.”

Tubbs’s positive work philosophy makes her a great fit for Alliant National’s ever-evolving culture. “I don’t believe a situation can’t be changed and improved,” noted Vesa. “Everything can and will change so we need to constantly listen, learn and think. Tomorrow is always unpredictable and interesting.”

About Alliant National Title Insurance Company

The Independent Underwriter for The Independent Agent® Alliant National believes in putting other people first. 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.

Alliant National is the largest title insurance underwriter in the country with no direct operations to compete against its agents and puts the interests of its agents first. Bolstered by financial stability, strong underwriting capability and independent agents’ in-depth knowledge of local markets, the company has established 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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Alliant National Title Insurance Company Appoints Vice President – Southwest Underwriting Counsel

Jean E. Bailey, Esq. is a state-wide, industry recognized speaker and instructor.

LONGMONT, Colo. – 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 Jean E. Bailey, Esq. as Vice President, Southwest Underwriting Counsel.

Bailey is a published co-author whose works include Another Dead Seller? How to Keep Your Deal Alive, presented at The 21st Annual Robert C. Sneed Texas Land Title Institute in 2011 and Closing LLCs: Tips and Traps for the Unwary, presented at The 28th Annual Robert C. Sneed Texas Land Title Institute in 2018.

“Working with Alliant National is an exciting adventure in that the company culture of helping others allows me to bring all facets of my expertise to a growing company,” Bailey says. “I chose Alliant National because it is fully committed to agents and their agents’ success.”

A Texas resident since 1970, Bailey lived in Parker County for over 25 years, and recently moved to the Austin area.

She served for over 24 years in a variety of capacities for Rattikin Title Company out of Fort Worth, Texas, and she is a state-wide and industry recognized speaker and instructor to title and real estate professionals on various real estate and legal issues.

“Jean brings an ideal combination of success, seasoned expertise and commitment to the industry, one that pairs perfectly with Alliant National’s culture and mission,” says Phyllis J. Mulder, Alliant National Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President. “We know we are lucky to have her and look forward to our work together.”

Bailey took her B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington and her J.D. from Baylor University School of Law. She has sat on various community boards, serving in a variety of capacities as a civic leader, including City of Aledo, Texas City Council and City of Aledo, Texas Planning and Zoning Commission.

“Alliant National is very much a forward-thinking company and I’m thrilled to help enrich their continued growth and success,” Bailey says.

About Alliant National Title Insurance Company

The Independent Underwriter for The Independent Agent® Alliant National believes in putting other people first. 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.

Alliant National is the largest title insurance underwriter in the country with no direct operations to compete against its agents and puts the interests of its agents first. Bolstered by financial stability, strong underwriting capability and independent agents’ in-depth knowledge of local markets, the company has established 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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