Title First Agency
Dedicated to innovation and passionate about service, Title First Agency is your comprehensive, nationwide resource for title and real estate settlement services.
Who We Are
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Title First has branch offices throughout the Midwest and a robust virtual partner network throughout the country. Title First got its start in 1956 as an affiliate of a local law firm and has since emerged as one of the largest independent title agencies in the nation. Proudly servicing Realtors, lenders, builders, developers, law firms, buyers and sellers, Title First is equipped to serve your residential and commercial title and settlement needs.
To better serve our customers, Title First has implemented the most up-to-date best practices and third-party audits so that we are better equipped to facilitate your compliance efforts. As of 2014, Title First has instituted ALTA Best Practices and continues to review its compliance on an ongoing basis. In addition, Title First is one of only a handful of companies that has completed its examination in conformity with Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16 through an independent third-party auditor.
Sean Stoner, Esq.,
Title First Agency, Inc.
Sean is responsible for management of business development and operations on a local and national scale. Sean began his career with Title First in 2004 as Regional Vice President, where he oversaw all aspects of sales, operations and business partnerships for Central Ohio, Southwest Ohio, and Indiana. He also served as Vice President of the company’s Commercial Division before being promoted to President in 2012.
In addition to residential title experience, Sean has an extensive background in commercial real estate. Prior to joining Title First, Sean served as Regional Real Estate Director and in-house Real Estate Counsel for Family Dollar Stores, Inc. in Charlotte, NC. He was responsible for site selection, negotiations, acquisitions, relocations, expansions, and build-out of all stores within North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Sean is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Policy and Analysis and Political Science and holds a Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University College of Law.
Senior Vice President,
Title First National Operations
Tony manages title production, vendor management, and escrow processing for Title First National Operations. He has more than 20 years of experience in the mortgage industry, including underwriting, lending, and title operations. Tony joined the Title First team in 2005 as Director of Operations for the company’s National Operations Division. He became Vice President of Operations in 2010 and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2012.
Tony holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business.
Paul Thompson, Esq.
Senior Vice President,
Title First Northern Ohio Region
Paul is responsible for managing sales and operations for the Northern Ohio region and joint venture operations in Indiana and Illinois. Having been in the title and insurance industries since 1992, Paul has maintained a focus on insurance law and real estate. He joined Title First in 2004 as Central Ohio Counsel and Director of National Operations. In 2012, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of the company’s Northern Ohio Region.
Paul is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Ohio Bar. He is also a member of the Ohio Land Title Association and is licensed for title in Ohio and 32 other states. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and his Juris Doctor from Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law.
Angie Basta Sherry, Esq.,
Legal Department Manager
Angie has served as an Underwriting attorney for Title First since 2003. She also serves as the Legal Department manager and is the primary attorney for the residential department. Her responsibilities include all aspects of underwriting as to probate matters, trusts, foreclosures, entities and chain of title issues in determining insurability.
Before joining Title First, Angie was in private practice in Fairview Park, Ohio. She had multiple clients with litigation matters in criminal, civil and real property cases. Early on in her career, Angie provided contract closing services for several Northern Ohio title agencies.
Angie received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Toledo.
Linda Rossie, Esq.,
Underwriting and Claims Counsel
Linda has served as Underwriting and Claims Counsel for Title First since 2006. She is responsible for managing all claims and consumer disputes. Linda has over 20 years of experience in the title industry having served as State Counsel for several title insurance agencies. Linda is a member of the Ohio Bar Association, a licensed title agent and a Certified Residential Real Estate Specialist.
Linda is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business. She also holds a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Law.
William Zabkar, Esq.,
Manager & Underwriting Attorney,
Title First Commercial
Bill joined Title First in 2013 and serves as Commercial Manager/Underwriting Counsel. He oversees all aspects of the Commercial Division. Bill has over 36 years of experience in the title insurance and real estate industry.
Prior to joining Title First, he served as State/Regional Claims and Underwriting Counsel for two national underwriters. He has also served as claims and/or underwriting counsel for a law firm and title agent.
He is a member of the American Land Title Association and has served as a member of its Forms Committee and its Judiciary Committee. He is a former Trustee, President and currently an Honorary Life Member of the Ohio Land Title Association. Bill is also a member of the Education Committee and the Legislative Liaison Committee of the Ohio Land Title Association. Bill is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and served on its Real Property Specialization Committee and is currently a member of its Real Property Section and Probate and Trust Section.
He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pittsburg and his Juris Doctorate from Ohio Northern University.
Director of Operations
Tammy started her career with Title First in 1993 as an escrow processor. She has worked extensively with both residential and commercial transactions and has overseen the title department. Tammy has held many pivotal roles throughout her tenure at the company and was promoted to Director of Operations in 2013. Her responsibilities include daily operational decisions regarding facilities, branch operations, staffing and training.
Tammy attended The Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College. She is a licensed property and casualty insurance agent.
Director of Operations
Michelle has been with Title First since 2001. In that time, she has been involved in direct retail operations from escrow processing to branch/area, and administrative management.
In 2013, Michelle was promoted to one of two Director of Operations positions. She is responsible for the coordination and implementation of IT solutions, business management reporting, and audits and compliance.
Michelle received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from The Ohio State University.
Title First Builder Division
Mark manages all aspects of builder programs including, but not limited to, lot acquisitions, construction loans/draws and purchases. He also serves as Area Manager for the northern quadrant of central Ohio, overseeing four retail locations.
Mark joined Title First in 1990. He was a key player in Title First’s commercial division, serving as manager for five years before being promoted to Vice President of the Builder Division. Mark has extensive experience in the title/real estate industry. Prior to joining Title First, Mark held his real estate license and worked for a mortgage lender.
Mark is a licensed title agent and a member of the Building Industry Association (BIA). He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Ashland University.
Laura joined the Title First sales team in 1998 as an account manager and business development. She was promoted to her current position in 2005. Laural has over 30 years of experience in the title industry and has been a very active affiliate member of the Columbus Board of Realtors®. She has twice served as Affiliate Director and was the first “Affiliate of the year.”
Laural is a licensed title agent and a notary public. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and received her Master’s degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University.