Category: Press Releases


Florida Agency Network to Expand, Open New Headquarters in Plant City

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Plant City, Fla. – Nov. 9, 2015 – Florida Agency Network, Florida’s largest network of independent agencies providing title services in 30 locations across the state, today announced that it will expand its headquarter operations in Plant City, relocating up to 30 employees and hiring up to 100 additional staff in the next 3 to 5 years. The new positions will fill a variety of roles including executive management, accounting, human resources, data processing, and information technology.

“This is an exciting time to expand our business in Plant City,” said Aaron Davis, CEO of the Florida Agency Network and its multiple brands, which include Hillsborough Title, Trident Title, Paramount Title, Tampa Bay Title, Cornerstone Title, HomePlus Title, Bella Title, Performance Title & Escrow, StrongHold Title, Progressive Title Solutions, Hometown Title Network, BPM Solutions, and Premier Data Services. “We saw the private sector and the city coming together to strengthen support for growing companies like ours with the establishment of Plant City Economic Development Corporation. We’re looking forward to the new opportunities this organization will bring for our business, as well as the entire community.”

Florida Agency Network will invest $5,175,000 in the project through the acquisition of additional office space at its current location in the Alexander Oaks Office Park at 1507 South Alexander Street in Plant City, the purchase of land on an adjacent parcel, and the building of a new 12,000 square foot headquarter office. The acquisition plus the new build will result in over 50,000 square feet of total space at Alexander Oaks, half of which the company will occupy for its operations.

“We are excited to retain and assist Aaron’s company in their tremendous growth,” said Rick Lott, Mayor of Plant City. “Our homegrown businesses making a choice to stay and invest here is a sure sign of more great things to come.”

To attract and retain the young, educated talent the Florida Agency Network will rely on to grow its operations, the company is designing its new space with an open plan format, which will encourage creativity and collaboration.

“This is a major win for Plant City and all of Hillsborough County,” said J.P. DuBuque, interim president and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation. “We are committed to working in partnership with the newly formed Plant City Economic Development Corporation to provide the permitting, workforce training, and other business assistance services that help companies like Florida Agency Network thrive here by staying focused on their core business.”

The Florida Agency Network has planted deep roots in the Plant City community, Davis is currently engaged in the Plant City Chamber of Commerce and the founding of the new economic development corporation. He has actively managed Hillsborough Title, the founding company of the Florida Agency Network, since 2002. In 2008 he purchased the company from his mother, Gail Calhoun. The company, which has grown by expansion and acquisition, originally started as Hillsborough Title in 1984 in Plant City. It now boasts multiple statewide locations and utilizes its shared back office services, pooled resources, and I.T. infrastructure to allow for continued expansion. Resources and services include multiple on-staff attorneys, access to private title plant and ancillary services, I.T. company, centralized processes & post-closing, agency administration, compliance management and financial oversight.

“The world is waking up to the exceptional opportunities Plant City affords to grow a company, raise a family, and take advantage of an excellent location that is convenient to all of Central Florida, Port of Tampa, Tampa Airport, and major interstates,” said Randy Larson, Chairman of the Plant City Economic Development Corporation. “We know that Florida Agency Network had the opportunity to locate its headquarters anywhere else in the state, but it chose Plant City and Hillsborough County. We look forward to their continued success and supporting them as they expand.”

Florida Agency Network joins an impressive roster of companies that have recently decided to locate or expand their operations in Plant City and Hillsborough County, including James Hardie, Dart Container, Cody Talbert Distribution and Fitlife Foods.

Individuals interested in open job listings may refer to the company’s website at www.flagency.net.


Florida Agency Network Completes SOC 1 (SSAE 16) TYPE 1 Examination

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Tampa, Florida – October 1, 2015 – The Florida Agency Network (FAN), Florida’s largest network of independent title agencies, is proud to announce it has completed a SOC 1 (Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 16 [“SSAE 16”]) Type 1 examination. The examination was performed by 360 Advanced, P.A., a full-service audit and consulting firm that specializes in integrated compliance solutions, including conducting SOC 1 examinations.

SSAE 16, developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”), is the most widely recognized authoritative guidance that provides service organizations a uniform method for disclosing independently assessed information about the design and operation of internal controls related to their services. Companies who complete an annual SOC 1 examination are able to demonstrate a substantially higher level of assurance and operationally visibility than those companies who do not.

Securing SOC 1 Type 1 examination reinforces FAN’s, and its embodying agencies, commitment to security, confidentiality, availability, privacy and processing integrity by ensuring the highest quality and security of services provided to their customers. As the implementation of the TILA/RESPA reform is set to happen on October 3, 2015, many title companies have yet to complete the SOC 1 examination, leaving their stakeholders in a position to risk the exposure of non-public personal information (NPPI).

“We are proud to announce the completion of this major accomplishment. Very few in our industry can boast having a SOC 1 (SSAE 16). I think this portrays our level of commitment to the protection of data and NPPI (Non Public Private Information) to our real estate partners, and more importantly, to the consumer. Having gone through this rigorous assessment, we can provide certification and proof to our lenders and banks that the Florida Agency Network and its affiliates have taken its systems, procedures and control levels above and beyond what the industry has supplied in its Best Practices. Best Practices is simply the start, to get the industry moving in the right direction. SSAE 16 compliance is the next step, putting us on the same level as our banking and lending partners when it comes to compliance and protection.” says Aaron M. Davis, CEO 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, StrongHold Title and Progressive Title Solutions.

The FLORIDA AGENCY NETWORK (FAN) is the largest network of independent title agencies in the State of Florida. We have formed a strategic alliance to better serve our clients, allowing us to provide more services throughout the state. FAN offers convenient locations and many services that most title agencies do not provide, such as in-house legal counsel, in-house title plant, HOA estoppel ordering, dedicated REO department and much more.

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Florida Agency Network Announces Mike LaRosa As Chief Operating Officer

TAMPA, FLA. – April 6, 2015 – Florida Agency Network, Florida’s largest network of independent title agencies, is proud to introduce Mike LaRosa, Esq., as the new Chief Operating Officer for the company.

“There have certainly been some milestones in our company and network that have been game changing. 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. We are thrilled to have Mike join our growing family,” says Aaron M. Davis, CEO 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.

LaRosa graduated from the University of Florida with both his Bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor degree in 1998. In 1999, LaRosa began his title insurance career with First American Title as Associate Counsel at the company’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 Partnership Division establishing affiliated business arrangement title agencies with mortgage, builder/developer, and real estate professionals throughout the Southeast.

In 2007 LaRosa was named Tampa Bay Agency Manager, and his territory was eventually expanded to include the entire southwest region of Florida. Ultimately he was promoted to Florida State Agency Manager where he has spent the past three and a half years. Throughout his career within First American he had the opportunity to speak at various industry functions, and he enjoyed the privilege of being selected to participate in the company’s specialized leadership training program geared at developing its internal leaders.

The Florida Agency Network is excited to have LaRosa onboard to help grow its statewide footprint while maintaining a strong, customer-service brand commitment to the community.

 

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