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The Alliant National Team: Driven to Serve

Alliant National team members have an important role: to support the independent agents that help make the American Dream possible. Service is central to the field and at the core of the company’s mission. It should be no surprise that service-oriented professionals gravitate toward Alliant National, individuals compelled to make a positive impact in both their professional and personal lives.

One such group is the Alliant National Claims Team, based out of Florida, which has a long history of philanthropic activity. “In 2015, Alliant National went through the process of identifying the company’s stakeholders. One identified stakeholder was our community,” says Noemi Dedouh, Vice President and Chief Claims Council for Alliant National. “That process inspired our team to begin charitable campaigns in 2016.”

Alliant's Rachel Ryan working at Habitat for Humanity

In 2016 and 2017, the Claims Team participated in two Habitat for Humanity projects. They helped build homes from the ground up in collaboration with several other departments within Alliant National, and beautified several homes in a subdivision the following year.

In 2018, the Claims Team donated time to the Ronald McDonald House charity. The team took a day during the workweek to make a home-cooked meal for the families staying at the House. Their work was supported by Alliant National as well, as the company donated all the food to the event.

2019 found the team participating in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Claims selected this charity in honor of a former employee whose mother had passed away from cancer. During that volunteer project, the Claims Team raised over $5,700 in donations, and the company added $1,000 toward the initiative. 

West Orange Foundation Annual Food Drive 2020

This year, the Alliant National Claims Team kicked their service work into overdrive, taking on two charitable drives during the holidays. The first drive was completed during Thanksgiving. Partnering with the West Orange Foundation, which supports the communities of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, the Alliant National Claims Team raised over $2,400 to help buy food for needy families. Once again, this fundraising initiative was supplemented by Alliant National’s $1,000 donation. 

In December the Claims Team partnered with Toys for Tots for its second fundraising drive. Toys for Tots is a program with a mission that has been in operation for nearly 75 years. Between donations from staff, friends, family, outside counsel, and a company donation of $1,000, the drive raised a total over $4,500. The funds will provide toys to underprivileged children, a perfect cause for the holiday season. 

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2020-Toys-for-Tots

“Alliant National and its employees donate time and money every chance they get to local charities,” says Dedouh. “We are so grateful that Alliant National supports our local communities and that we can bring greater awareness to these important charities.”

The philanthropy practiced by its staff and supported by its leadership is a natural extension of Alliant National’s efforts to empower the independent agent. The spirit of service flows through the organization, helping people build better lives and enabling the creation of stronger communities.         

Interested in participating in Alliant National’s charitable activities throughout Florida? Contact Noemi Dedouh at ndedouh@alliantnational.com.

Welcome Christy Hennesey, West Florida Agency Manager for Alliant National

Welcome Christy Hennesey, West Florida Agency Manager

Longmont, Colo. – (December 1, 2020) – Alliant National Title Insurance Company, a unique title insurance underwriter that partners with independent agents to improve their competitive position, announces the hiring of Christy Hennesey, West Florida Agency Manager.

Hennesey has had a long career in the title insurance industry, having worked with various underwriters for nearly 20 years. She got her start working on the production side of the business before transitioning to the role of agency manager. In this position, she gained extensive experience in adding new agents, as well as managing relationships with existing agents. “I’m excited to add my expertise in relationship building and growing an agent base to the Alliant National team,” says Hennesey. “I look forward to joining a company dedicated to the independent agent and helping ensure their ongoing success.”

Hennesey’s past professional experience will serve her well in her new role. She will be responsible for expanding Alliant National’s agent network in western Florida, in addition to supporting the development of current agents and increasing regional awareness of Alliant National’s brand.

“Christy brings a wealth of experience and a mindset that perfectly complements Alliant National’s mission to always put agents first,” says Debra J. Coffie, Senior Vice President, Florida Regional Manager. “Her ability to build strong, lasting relationships with independent agents, not to mention her deep industry knowledge, will add incredible value to our Florida operations.”

Outside of her work, Hennesey enjoys spending time with her family. She is married with two sons and often spends weekends attending her sons’ baseball tournaments or football games, depending on the season.

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, with annual revenues exceeding $126 million.

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Alliant National Announces Mary Berner as AVP, Southeast Florida Agency Manager

Berner brings more than 30 years of title insurance knowledge and leadership experience to Alliant National.

LONGMONT, COLO. (June 23, 2020) – Alliant National Title Insurance Company announces new hire Mary Berner as Assistant Vice-President, Southeast Florida Agency Manager, effective immediately.

Berner brings more than 30 years of title insurance knowledge and leadership experience to Alliant National. Alliant National measures its success through the empowerment of people and protecting property owners with the finest title insurance, while helping independent title agents flourish and expand their competitive positions in the marketplace.

Berner’s duties include developing relationships with agents and helping to increase Alliant National’s footprint in the Florida market.

“I am thrilled to join such an amazing group of professionals,” says Berner. . “I look forward to bringing my experiences and relationships to such a welcoming environment that empowers independent agents and supports their success.”

“Mary’s vast industry experience and knowledge make her a valuable addition to our Florida team,” said Debra J. Coffie, Senior Vice President, Florida Regional Manager. “She is among the best in Florida at developing long lasting relationships and helping independent agents thrive.”

Alliant National welcomes Berner and looks forward to utilizing her deep understanding of the title industry, which she developed over the past three decades. She has held the position of AVP, Agency Manager in West Palm Beach, Fla., cementing her reputation as one of the most respected leaders in the title industry.

“We are honored to bring Mary Berner into the Alliant National family,” said Coffie.

Alliant National was founded in 2005 by a group of seasoned title insurance professionals, business leaders and entrepreneurs. It began as a regional underwriter operating in Colorado with a few key agents and first year revenues of $131,000. Today, Alliant covers five regions, with its corporate headquarters in Longmont, Colo., and a second office in Oviedo, Fla., where claims are processed.

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


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An Extraordinary Garden is Built

The bereaved find unexpected and welcome comfort

Losing a child is a tragedy no parent should ever have to endure. While there are few words and even fewer comforts to be offered to those who have experienced such a loss, the team at The Compassionate Friends is doing its best to be there in the face of the unthinkable.

Cory Trevor Harrison and daughter Kailey Harrison
Cory Trevor Harrison and daughter Kailey Harrison

Sandra Harrison experienced such a loss on her wedding anniversary when her son, 26-year-old Cory Trevor Harrison, was fatally hit by a drunk driver. Though she wasn’t alone in her grief, Sandra realized that facing such a tragedy requires a community. It wasn’t until after the loss of Cory that she found The Compassionate Friends, a foundation that offers a sense of togetherness and self-help options for grieving families in need.

Since discovering the group, Sandra found a partnership and a focused purpose, within her community, all driven by The Compassionate Friends’ cause. While The Compassionate Friends, open to anyone who has lost a child, grandchild or sibling, offers self-help options to everyone near and far, it takes enough interest in one location to build a local chapter.

After three separate families contacted the organization, the Bay County, Florida chapter was founded in January 2015. Since then, the group meets every second Monday of each month. With the current pandemic, the chapter meets on a scheduled Zoom call.

The mother and grandmother will be stepping in as chapter leader of her local group in July. In the meantime, she’s shifted her focus to a memorial garden to honor her son and other children lost. With the help of local government and the other members of her chapter, including the current chapter leader, Carol Ladouceur, Sandra and other chapter members are now building the Children’s Memorial Garden.

Sandra Harrison

“I don’t like going to my son’s grave,” she says. “I want to go where it’s uplifting.”

Sandra wants to help offer her community a comforting and peaceful place to go where they can honor their loved ones without the negative connotations of a graveyard. Rather than feeling surrounded by death, Sandra and her community’s organization wants to offer a place that can be a celebration of life for her lost son and the lost family members of her community.

Their bid for the garden was enthusiastically backed by local city commissioners of Lynn Haven, Florida, and other chapter members. Some families went together on benches for their loved ones, while others opted to sponsor trees, bushes and other greenery to adorn the garden. There will be cenotaph walls that will be covered in bronze plaques – a place where anyone who has lost a child, grandchild or sibling can pay to have them memorialized.

As a non-profit, the Bay County chapter had to be clever about how to go about the creation of their garden. Purchases of plaques and charitable donations go directly to the creation and upkeep of their garden. There will be a fountain for the garden, offering an added level of tranquility for those who come to honor their lost loved ones.

The Children’s Memorial Garden

The Children’s Memorial Garden was set to be completed in June 2020 with a dedication. A Walk to Remember was scheduled for May 30, 2020. Anyone can donate directly via Venmo*. Sandra has devoted a large amount of her time to the project, and looks forward to seeing the garden and fountain completed. She noted that the setting – about 1000 feet from North Bay – couldn’t be any better, and hopes that others will find it as peaceful as she does.

After being founded in England over 50 years ago, The Compassionate Friends has since expanded operations in the United States. The group works in chapters, and as of today has over 600 chapters in all 50 states, Washington D.C, Puerto Rico and Guam. The Compassionate Friends’ mission statement states that “when a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.”

Sandra Harrison and her Bay County chapter are living up to that mission in spades with their current project. No one ever wants to experience loss, particularly that of a child, but the love of a supportive group and community, such as Sandra’s, proves that love can sometimes mitigate grief and shore the bereaved up when the unthinkable happens.

*To donate to the Children’s Memorial Garden, search for “Children’s Memorial Garden” on the Venmo app. Donations can be made there.

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RON – What to Know About Remote Online Notary in Florida

Remote Online Notarization (RON) is a new form of notarization permitted in Florida as of January 1, 2020.

Florida’s previous notary laws required that the person signing certain legal documents and persons signing as witnesses be in the same room, that is, physically present with each another.

Florida’s new RON law allows persons to be physically outside the presence of the Florida online notary as long as the notary is located in Florida and all parties can see, hear and communicate with each other via acceptable audio-video technology.     

Although “in-person” notarizations are still by far the norm, we will continue to see RON’s growth and use as the real estate industry increasingly moves to electronic and digital technology.  

Moreover, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, RON will increasingly become a logical alternative and preference as parties to a transaction do not have to be in others’ physical presence.  

It is important to remember that a “traditional” Florida notary cannot simply begin acting as a Florida online notary. Before acting as a Florida online notary, the notary must be successfully registered as an online notary with the Florida Department of State. This registration requires completion of a two-hour course, having certain insurance policies in place, and selection of a “RON service provider” (the technology company that provides the platform for the audio-video technology and other required obligations such as an electronic journal).      

The current major impediment to RON is its slow acceptance by large institutional banks and lenders. Other more “technology-minded” lenders are adopting RON at a faster pace. Despite the slow acceptance by the lending industry, RON will be an important part of the ongoing shift to handling real estate closings online digitally and electronically. Once fully implemented, these practices will save agents time and costs and be more convenient for all parties to a real estate transaction.

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