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The Central West Team Expands!

Alliant National Announces the Hiring of Bob Grohol as Assistant Vice President and State Manager of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

Longmont, Colo. – (May 27, 2021) – Alliant National Title Insurance Company, a unique title insurance underwriter that partners with independent agents to improve their competitive position, announces the hiring of Bob Grohol to the position of Assistant Vice President (AVP) and State Manager of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

Grohol is a knowledgeable, passionate and highly skilled professional, with deep ties to the real estate and title insurance fields that go back nearly 25 years. His extensive career has included positions with various technology firms, where he worked to equip title insurance companies with valuable solutions, such as eRecording services.

During this work, Grohol became involved with many land, title, legal, underwriter, county recorder and register of deed associations across 20 states, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the industry in the process. One such association is the Ohio Land Title Association (OLTA), where Grohol served as Chair of the OLTA’s Technology Committee for several years. He also authored several articles for OLTA’s Title Topics publication, as well as other association publications.

Grohol’s past experiences will serve him well at Alliant National, where he will be responsible for signing, developing, marketing and managing Alliant National’s policy issuing agents, as well as helping them achieve strong business growth.

“I’m very excited to join Alliant National and contribute my experience and knowledge to its mission,” said Grohol. “The team at Alliant National is second to none, and I am looking forward to working alongside every one of them.”

“Bob brings decades of experience to Alliant National, and he will be an incredible asset in supporting and growing our network of independent agents,” said Manoj Purohit, Senior Vice President, Central-West Regional Manager. “I’ve personally known him for years, and I continue to be impressed with his passion and knowledge of our industry. Bob will undoubtedly serve as a valuable resource for our agents and our company as we navigate the unique landscape ahead.”

Outside of his professional life, Grohol is a karaoke and cooking aficionado. He is also the proud father of a daughter who recently graduated from college and is preparing to embark on new adventures.

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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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 27 states and the District of Columbia.

Welcome Mara Alyson, Florida Underwriting Counsel for Alliant National

Announcing new Underwriting Counsel in Florida

Longmont, Colo. – (February 25, 2021) – Alliant National Title Insurance Company, a unique title insurance underwriter that partners with independent agents to improve their competitive position, announces the hiring of Mara Alyson, Underwriting Counsel Florida.

Alyson is a highly skilled attorney with over 20 years of experience in title insurance, transactional and real estate litigation. She began her career practicing criminal prosecution before moving into real estate law. Working for several law firms, in addition to a regional title insurance underwriter, Alyson gained extensive expertise in underwriting both commercial and residential real estate transactions, closings and contract negotiations. She is also well versed in business development and title curative, and in fostering positive, long-term client relationships.

“I care deeply about the underwriting process, as well as supporting independent agents and protecting the interests of those involved in any given transaction,” said Alyson. “Joining the Alliant National team is an incredible opportunity to work for a deeply committed group of title insurance professionals, and I’m looking forward to many happy years here.”

Alyson’s past professional experiences will serve her well in her new role. She will be responsible for advising on underwriting decisions, drafting guidelines for examination and underwriting, and analyzing risk in title transactions.

“Mara is a seasoned legal professional who has an incredible grasp of all aspects of the title industry – from abstracting and examining to closings and underwriting. There is no doubt that she will be an exceptional addition to our team and operations, or that her diverse expertise will allow Alliant National to be an even more powerful force in the title insurance field,” said Brenda J. Cannon, Regional Counsel Florida and Senior Vice President.

Mara Alyson graduated with honors from Florida Atlantic University. She earned her JD from Nova South Eastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center. Mara is a member of the Florida Bar and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District.

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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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 27 states and the District of Columbia.

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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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.

Visit alliantnational.com for additional information.

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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

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