Category: Network News


Florida Agency Network CEO, Aaron M. Davis, Talks Market Changes in TitleNews Magazine

When it comes to the upcoming CFPB changes, Aaron M. Davis, Florida Agency Network’s founder and CEO, is the man to speak with. Davis gave Jeremy Yohe, of American Land Title Association, his insight into the upcoming market changes in ALTA’s January edition of TitleNews. In the cover story, Davis goes into detail on the new RESPA-TILA disclosures and how to excel in these changing times.

To read the full cover story, click here.


ALTA News: Florida Agency Network Appoints COO

Tampa, Fla.-based Florida Agency Network introduced Mike LaRosa as its new chief operating officer.

“There have certainly been some milestones in our company and network that have been game changing,” said Aaron Davis, chief executive officer of the Florida Agency Network and its multiple brands, which include Hillsborough Title, Trident Title, Paramount Title, Tampa Bay Title, Cornerstone Title, HomePlus Title, Uptown Title, Bella Title, Performance Title & Escrow and Progressive Title Solutions. “Having the caliber of person and operator like Mike LaRosa join us was never something we could have imagined years ago. Mike brings 16 years of industry experience and the operational expertise of running one of the largest title insurance underwriters to the Florida Agency Network,”

In 1999, LaRosa began his title insurance career as associate counsel at First American Title’s divisional headquarters in Tallahassee. By 2000, he moved to Tampa to work with the partnership division, where he was promoted to vice president and counsel. He spent six years in the that role establishing affiliated business arrangement title agencies with mortgage, builder/developer and real estate professionals throughout the Southeast.

LaRosa was named Tampa Bay agency manager in 2007. His territory eventually expanded to include the southwest region of Florida. Ultimately, he was promoted to Florida state agency manager where he has spent the past three and a half years.

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Hillsborough Title, Florida Agency Network strike deal for Bella Title

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 2:13pm EST

Margie Manning | Tampa Bay Business Journal

 

Florida Agency Network has acquired Bella Title, a Land O’ Lakes-based real estate title company.

 

Financial terms were not disclosed. Mica Butterwood, owner and operator of Bella Title, will serve as Florida Agency Network’s relationship manager for northern Hillsborough County, a statement said.

Florida Agency Network is an umbrella organization of title companies that have been consolidated amid industry changes. Launched by Aaron Davis, president and CEO, and with its roots in Hillsborough Title in Plant City, Florida Agency Network has grown to be the largest title organization in Florida, Davis said.

“Just five years ago, we had one office and five employees,” Davis said. “Today we have 27 offices and more than 200 staffers.”

The Dodd-Frank financial reform measure is driving consolidation, Davis said. Title companies are now considered part of the financial services sector, and face increasing costs of regulatory compliance, including higher E&O [errors and omissions] insurance, banking-type audits and cybersecurity mandates.

“A lot of agencies are going out of business, selling or being rolled into a larger agency like mine,” Davis said.

In addition to Hillsborough Title and Bella Title, other agencies in the network are: Tampa Bay Title, Paramount Title, Homeplus Title, Cornerstone Title, Uptown Title, Trident Title, Progressive Title Solutions, Performance Title & Escrow and CU Title.

 

Original Article

 


Thanks to club, all patrol officers have life-saving device

By Dave Nicholson | Tribune Staff 

Published: February 19, 2015

Former Plant City Rotary Club president, Aaron M. Davis, presents the last of the AED units donated to the Plant City Police Department
Aaron M. Davis, former Plant City Rotary Club President and current president of the Florida Agency Network, presents the last of the AED units promised to the Plant City Police Department

PLANT CITY – About 18 months ago, the Rotary Club promised to raise enough money to equip each Plant City police officer with a portable device that can restore the heart’s rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest.

Last week, the Rotary Club of Plant City made good on its pledge, delivering the last 20 automated external defibrillators for the police department’s fleet. In all the Rotary donated 47 of the units, valued at a total of $50,000.

Police Chief Ed Duncan said his officers often arrive at medical emergencies before paramedics so it was a good idea to equip them with the defibrillators.

“One of the most frustrating things for an officer is to get to the scene and not have what is needed to help,” Duncan said.

 Duncan said the department has used the defibrillators in at least four instances since the Rotary delivered the first units in 2013.

Rotary Club President Brian Griffin and former club president Aaron M. Davis presented the last of the defibrillators to the police at the Rotary’s Feb. 16 meeting. Davis was president when the Rotary started its drive to purchase the defibrillators.

Among other fundraisers, the club used the proceeds from its popular annual Dancing with the Locals to raise money for the devices. The club originally thought it would need to raise $100,000 but the units cost less than originally expected, club public relations representative Jim Scott said.

The department has enough of the devices so every patrol officer and supervisor has one in his or her police vehicle, Duncan said.

 

To read the original article feature story, click HERE.

 

 


Bella Title latest member of Florida Agency Network

January 26, 2015

www.thetitlereport.com

Volume 16, No. 6

Bella Title is the first acquisition by the Florida Agency Network (FAN) of 2015, as part of its statewide expansion. The network has a staff of more than 200, 3 real estate attorneys on staff and 27 locations throughout central Florida. Last fall, two of the top title insurance companies in Florida, the Hillsborough Title (HT) family of companies and Trident Title, joined forces to create the Florida Agency Network. With the coming changes in the industry Hillsborough Title CEO and President Aaron Davis said he saw a need to become a statewide player.

Bella Title is the 11th member to join the network, among the ranks of: Hillsborough Title, Tampa Bay Title, Paramount Title, Homeplus Title, Cornerstone Title, Uptown Title, Trident Title, Progressive Title Solutions, Performance Title & Escrow and CU Title. HT also recently opened a new REO division. FAN welcomed Mica Butterwood to the team with the Bella Title acquisition. Butterwood will serve as relationship manager of the northern Hillsborough County territory. Butterwood is the owner and operator of Bella Title.

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Title CEO Aaron Davis’ Crystal Ball: What he knows could save your agency!

Podcast with Aaron Davis, CEO of Florida Agency Network

Is there such a thing as “self-certification?” 

I chat one-on-one with Aaron Davis, fast-moving CEO who grew Hillborough Title into the FloridaAgency Network–the state’s 4th largest privately owned agency. On tap is the ongoing conversation about certification–will ALTA Best Practices be enough? Can agents afford to pursue SOC II certification? Can they afford not to? Aaron also shares his thoughts on protecting NPI, “self-certification” and the future success of the small agent.

 

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Hillsborough Title/Tampa Bay Title Supports Pink

Hillsborough Title/Tampa Bay Title recognizes October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 1 in every 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their life; for us at HT/TBT, this statistic sits way too close to home. Among us, we have 2 breast cancer survivors (1 being a two-time survivor). We recently surprised our employees with these pink shirts. They represent all that is important in life- our core company values:

1.            Faith

2.            Family

3.            Friends

4.            TITles

This Saturday (Oct. 20) marks the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. Hillsborough Title/Tampa Bay Title will be there walking alongside our Tampa Ta-Ta’s team leader, Marie Combs. There’s still time to register to walk, or to donate to the cause. All funds raised up to the limit of $2,500.00 will be matched by HT/TBT. Because at Hillsborough Title/Tampa Bay Title, “We do good deeds”.

Click here to register or to donate


Alday-Donalson Title

Imagine if you will, a 16 year-old boy working in a title company. First off, lets date it- its 1992. The operation side of a title agency is, and has always been, predominantly female. So here I am, and “runner” for the company. My mom Gail is the owner of Hillsborough Title at that time, we only had one office located in Plant City. We have staff of about 12-14 back then. Technology isn’t on the cutting edge in title in those days, so it took more people power to get he job done. Al Gore hasn’t invented the internet just yet, so to get loan packages, checks, recordings to the lenders, to the banks, and to the courthouses, it required use of a courier. That’s me. Runner boy Aaron. The only male in title. Cruising the highways and streets of Tampa Bay….in a 1992 FORD FESTIVA. Man, that may have been the hottest thing on 4 wheels. A semi would almost blow me off the road.

Here is a pic for those who don’t know what a Ford Festiva is….a CHIC MAGNET.

So driving to the banks, real estate offices, lenders, Hillsborough County Courthouse and the Polk County Courthouse, I would see the signs….ALDAY DONALSON TITLE…these guys were everywhere! So looking out for inspiration in the female dominated title world- I found who I wanted to become…Tommy Alday and Ron Donalson, Alday Donalson Title… the “guys” in title, the names on the sign- they were my mentors from afar, and had never once met. Georgia boys, family run business, with shops on every corner. But more so than that, it was “US”, a big mom and pop, local people, local owners, a business that supported its staff, its clients, and its employees. In a world full of “corporates”, Alday Donalson Title is who I modeled much of my company after.

Today, Hillsborough Title carries forward that rich tradition of a family run title agency, bringing together the beliefs and values, personal touch, and access to ownership of an Alday-Donalson Title. We’ve combined the rich tradition of top notch service with the technology, spirit and vision that has made Hillsborough Title the leader in the title insurance industry today.

Faith, Family, Friends…and Hillsborough Title a pretty close 4th… that’s the order in which we live our lives here at Hillsborough Title.

We appreciate each and every one of you who have helped us along the way, and who have made us who we are today. That’s reminded to us in the mission statement of Hillsborough Title:

Our goal is to provide the highest level of service and professionalism to our customers and clients. We wish to achieve long lasting relationships through our customers and EARN your business everyday.