When did you begin your career in the title or real estate industry and how did you get your start?
The first time I did anything with real estate was in the late 1990s while I was still in high school in Dallas. I worked during one Summer for a data-collection firm that was collecting information about certain properties, including, most notably, the business district downtown. Later on, I did some things related to real estate while working for the Houston City Council in college and for various judges and courts that I was clerking for while in law school, including the Texas Supreme Court, the 13th District Court of Appeals for the State of Texas, and the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. I did not work for a title company, however, until after law school when a started working for Mission Title. After that, I spent a few years working as an examiner and as division counsel for a title company in Austin. Then I came back to Mission Title in 2017.
What is the most satisfying part of your role in the transaction process and what makes you stand out from others in your industry?
The most significant part of any transaction, I think, is “putting it together.” I think that is also the most satisfying part because it is where you can help your clients the most. As transactions become larger and more complicated, it is not uncommon that the escrow company becomes the only participant in the closing with the perspective to know the details about all of the different parts of the transaction. In this role, understanding the interplay between settlement and title insurance is important. Being able to quickly and accurately provide expert information about those issues is one of the main things the escrow company can do to help the parties make the best decisions for themselves and their clients. When done well, the transaction will close smoothly, and the parties will be able to more easily finalize everything on their end and move on to their next project
What factors from your past experience have contibuted the most to your current unique skill set?
Three things come to mind. First, I trained to be a teacher in college. My undergraduate degree was in education, and, at that time, I got my teaching certificate for Texas. Second, I worked in logistics after college while in the US Army. I was stationed just north of Seoul, South Korea, where I was assigned to the headquarters battalion of the Second Infantry Division (2ID). There, I was able to participate in the logistical operations of the division. Third, my legal training has served me well, providing a foundation that I continue to rely on. While I did not fully realize it at the time, the law professors I had at St. Mary’s University were excellent, especially in the areas of property law and the Texas court system. I deal with both of these areas of the law every day.
When you're away from the busy Mission Title office, what are some of your favorite activities ?
I enjoy reading up on whatever I am interested in at that time. While it is sometimes related to work, in my free time I can do more, and I have the time to look into details that may be interesting to me but that are not directly related to what is happening in the office. Apart from that, I try to make it up to Dallas as much as I can to spend time with family. Also, I find that driving can be relaxing, especially when the weather is nice, so, if I am not too busy, sometimes I will drive around certain parts of the city to look at the buildings and to see what is happening.