Title First Agency
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 its customers, Title First has implemented best practices and third-party audits, equipping itself to facilitate compliance efforts. In 2014, Title First instituted ALTA Best Practices and continually reviews its compliance. More importantly, in 2015, Title First completed its examination in conformity with Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16 through an independent third-party auditor. Each year, Title First continues its SSAE examination, and in 2017 earned the SSAE-18 certification. Title First is one of the few title agencies in the industry having an SSAE-18 certification. This certification provides reassurance that Title First Agency is in compliance when it comes to financial controls and internal procedures for data security, availability, processing integrity and privacy.
Sean Stoner, Esq.,
President and CEO
Title First Agency, Inc.
Sean Stoner is the owner, president and CEO of Title First Agency, Inc. He is responsible for the management of business development and operations on a national scale. Sean began his career with Title First in 2004 as the 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 senior vice president of the company’s commercial division before being promoted to president in March 2012. Stoner purchased the agency in March 2016. In addition to residential and commercial title experience, Stoner has an extensive background in commercial real estate transactions. Prior to joining Title First, Stoner served as director of regional real estate and in-house real estate counsel for Family Dollar Stores, Inc., in Charlotte, N.C. In that role, he was responsible for site selection, lease and purchase negotiations and drafting, acquisitions, relocations, expansions, and build-out of all stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Northern Florida.Stoner is a member of the North Carolina and Ohio Bar Associations and the North Carolina and Ohio Bar (corporate status). He is also a member of the American and the Ohio Land Title Associations and is licensed for title in Ohio and 32 other states. Stoner earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy and Analysis and Political Science from Bowling Green State University, and he holds a Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
Senior Vice President,
Title First National Operations
Tony Nauta is senior vice president of Title First’s National Operations. In that role, Nauta manages sales, title production, vendor management, and escrow processing for Title First National Operations. He has more than 20 years of experience in the mortgage and banking industries, including underwriting, lending and title operations. Nauta joined the Title First team in 2005 as director of operations for the company’s national operations division. He became vice president of National 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 Thompson, Esq., is senior vice president of Title First’s Northern Ohio Region. Thompson manages sales, title production and escrow processing in northern Ohio as well as joint venture operations in northern and central Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. Having been in the title and insurance industries since 1992, Thompson has focused his career 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.
Thompson 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 33 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.
Senior Vice President
Tammy Leach was promoted to Senior Vice President, Operations in October 2020. 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, including Director of Operations from 2013 to 2020. In this capacity, she was in charge of daily operational decisions regarding facilities, branch operations, staffing, training, and employee benefits. As Senior Vice President, she will expand on those duties with a focus on enhancing the customer experience by providing continued training and growth opportunities for employees.
Tammy attended Columbus State Community College and The Ohio State University. She is a licensed title insurance agent.
Jonathan Iseman, Esq.,
Vice President and Counsel,
Title First Commercial Division
Jonathan Iseman is vice president and counsel of Title First’s Commercial Division. He joined the team in August, 2018. His primary responsibilities include managing all aspects of the division and developing new commercial business. Iseman has been in the title industry since 2006, and has extensive experience in both residential and commercial transactions. Before joining Title First, he was commercial title manager for Chicago Title Insurance Company, where also held roles as underwriting attorney and counsel.
Iseman is a member of the Ohio Bar. He is a graduate of Valparaiso University with a bachelor’s degree in History and received his Juris Doctor from Ohio Northern University.
Darrel S. Slater
Chief Financial Officer
Darrel Slater is Title First’s Chief Financial Officer. He joined the company in 2019 and is responsible for the company’s financial reporting, account reconciliation, accounts payable and cash management. Darrel has over 20 years of experience in the banking industry where he held various accounting and finance roles, including CFO of Equipment Finance at a large financial institution. He also has four years of experience in external and internal auditing.
Slater earned a Bachelor of Business Adminstration in Accounting from Bowling Green State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
William Zabkar, Esq.,
Senior Commercial Title Underwriter,
Title First Commercial
Bill joined Title First in 2013 and serves as Senior Commercial Title Underwriter. 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 Pittsburgh and his Juris Doctorate from Ohio Northern University.
Dean Talaganis, Esq.,
Special Counsel to the President,
Title First Agency, Inc.
Dean Talaganis, Esq., is special counsel to the president of Title First Agency. In this role, Talaganis advises Sean A. Stoner, president of Title First Agency, on matters related to national licensing and manages special projects, including the centralization of processing and work flow training programs and the creation and management of scalability and customer service models for Title First’s 15 offices in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and West Virginia. Part of Talaganis’ responsibilities also include marketing Title First’s services on a local and national scale and serving as a speaker on topics such as title insurance, closing issues, foreclosures and ethics.
Talaganis received his Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School in 1989 and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on industrial marketing from Youngstown State University, in 1986. A member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Talaganis is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court (Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio) and the United States Claims Court. He is also licensed to sell title insurance in Ohio and Michigan.
He is the former president, second vice president and director at large of the Northern Ohio Credit Association, and a former member of REOMAC and has served on the REOMAC education committee.
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.
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.
National Sales ManagerCarson Quillin is National Sales Manager for Title First’s Commercial and Residential divisions. Joining the team in February 2020, he is responsible for overseeing the company’s sales efforts and new business development. Carson brings over twenty years of experience in the real estate industry in various, diverse roles.
Prior to joining Title First, Carson worked in commercial business development with developers, commercial brokers and lenders. For eight years, he owned his own national loan facilitation company where he helped homeowners of distressed properties. He started his career in lending and banking.
Quillin studied Business Administration and Marketing at Franklin University and obtained his Real Estate license from Hondros College. He is an active participant with the Central Ohio chapters of NAIOP and CCIIR.