Our Team

Meet our First National Title Insurance Team.

Christopher Phillips

Chief Executive Officer

972-588-1281 Direct
214-215-2239 Mobile

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Chris Phillips began his career in the title industry in 1977 in Colorado. He spent 26 years working in several leadership roles, including president, at a Texas-based regional underwriter where he was responsible for building the agency network and increasing revenues throughout the Southwest.

Chris is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He is a member of the Texas Land Title Association where he serves on the TLTAPAC board as a trustee. In 2010, he was awarded the TLTA’s highest honor of Title Man of the Year, which recognizes significant and longtime contributions to the title industry and the association.

Raymond Reece

Chief Financial Officer

972-588-1283 Direct

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Ray Reece joined the title industry in 1980 as an internal auditor for a national underwriter. He later assumed an accounting position with a mortgage loan servicer. In 1991, he joined a Texas-based regional underwriter as vice president/chief financial officer and treasurer. His duties included producing monthly financial statements and reconciling accounts, managing cash and company investments, and preparing the annual state statistical reports.

Ray is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Geri Hosterman

Senior Vice President

972-588-1282 Direct
214-697-5459 Mobile

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Geri Hosterman entered the title industry in 1991 as the communications manager at the Texas Land Title Association. She joined a Texas-based regional underwriter in 1993 as agency representative and served as agency operations manager and vice president of Texas agency.

Geri is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor of journalism degree. She is a member of the Texas Land Title Association where she has participated on various committees and served as committee chairman.

D.J. Horn

Vice President, National Agency Manager

972-588-1285 Direct
972-261-6764 Mobile

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D.J. has worked in the title industry since 2003 when he started as an agency representative for a national underwriter. He later joined a Texas-based regional underwriter as an agency representative where he developed business throughout the Southwest.

D.J. is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a bachelor of arts degree. He is a member of the Texas Land Title Association and participates on committees and is the chairman of the TLTA PAC annual golf tournament. He is also active in the Arizona and Colorado land title associations and the Center for Brain Health of Dallas.

Errin Froggatt

Vice President & Operations Manager

972-588-1284 Direct

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Errin was first introduced to a title insurance industry in 1986 when she joined a newly formed Texas-based regional underwriter. Over her career, she has held various positions in the accounting department and as office manager, policy department supervisor, and network administrator. She played an integral part in the development of the company’s proprietary database application and online services web application.

Ellen Wied

Vice President & Underwriting Counsel

512-222-0900 Office

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Ellen Wied earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with high honors. She attended law school at the University of Houston and earned her JD in 1982. Ellen began working in the real estate/title insurance industry in 1983 and has worked as underwriting and claims counsel for three national underwriters and as general counsel at several central Texas title companies. She is thoroughly knowledgeable regarding all aspects of the title insurance industry and real estate closings.

Ellen has previously been an instructor at the Texas Land Title Association (TLTA) Land Title School, served on the Texas Title Insurance Guaranty Board, numerous TLTA committees, and was awarded the honor of being named an Outstanding Young Title Person by TLTA.


Timothy J. Redding

Vice President & Underwriting Counsel

281-513-7636 Cell

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Tim Redding began his title career in 1978 and gained experience working at both a title agency and national underwriting companies. Continuing a 35 year career in the title industry in which he served in a variety of executive underwriting positions, Redding is excited to add another chapter to his storied resume.  Redding has been actively involved in the Texas Land Title Association (TLTA), serving on a number of committees as a member and as chairman.  He served as president of the TLTA in 1997-1998 and was named Title Person of the Year in 1993–the highest honor given by the Association. Redding is a member of the State Bar of Texas.

His vast knowledge includes all facets of the title industry, and he is an accomplished speaker on matters concerning real estate.


David Hays

Vice President & Underwriting Counsel

972-588-1290 Direct

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David’s journey from abstractor, examiner, escrow officer to attorney & underwriting counsel for a national title insurance company gives him a unique perspective and ability when it comes to solving underwriting issues. David is a problem solver and his vast knowledge includes all facets of the title insurance industry. In addition, David is an accomplished speaker presenting regular continuing education classes for realtors, escrow agents and the Texas Land Title Association. David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Texas Tech University and afterwards attended Texas Wesleyan University School of Law while also working full time in the title industry earning his JD in 2004.


Cherí Swanson

Compliance & Quality Assurance Officer

972-588-1287 Direct

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Cherí has more than 30 years of real estate, mortgage, and title experience beginning as a Realtor in 1976.  She has spent the majority of her career in the title industry as an escrow officer, branch manager, national training officer, and most recently as a compliance and quality assurance officer for a regional underwriter.  Her previous work history has given her the experience of closing real estate transactions, which she now uses to verify that procedures are conducted properly.  Cheri will be working with our independent agents to identify areas of concern and providing compliance solutions.

Cherí is a member of the Texas Land Title Association where she is an active volunteer and continues to maintain her real estate broker’s license.


Craig Dunbar

Regional Agency Representative

817-505-7938 Cell

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Craig Dunbar entered the title industry as a courier for a title agency in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Throughout his career, he has served as an executive officer of several agencies, affiliates, and as agency manager for national underwriters covering Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.

Prior to joining First National Title, Craig served as the title insurance bureau chief for the New Mexico Insurance Division for four years. He was responsible for the regulation of all aspects of the title industry in the state, working with the industry and consumers of title insurance. This experience has given him an additional perspective of the title insurance business. Craig is a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University.