Underwriting Staff

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Ellen Wied
Senior Vice President & Underwriting Counsel
Ellen Wied

Senior Vice President & Underwriting Counsel

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.

David Hays
David Hays
General Counsel
David Hays
David Hays

General Counsel

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.

Barry Sloop
South Carolina Underwriting Counsel
Barry Sloop

South Carolina Underwriting Counsel

David Dickard
VP/Western Region Underwriting Counsel
David Dickard

VP/Western Region Underwriting Counsel

Tim Donovan
SVP, Great Lakes Region Underwriting Counsel
Tim Donovan

SVP, Great Lakes Region Underwriting Counsel

Tim joins our team as SVP, Great Lakes Region Underwriting Counsel after having spent the last 15 years at Amrock, LLC. His vast industry experience in a number of areas – federal and state regulatory compliance, corporate governance, agent licensing, title and escrow operations, contract negotiation, claims support, vendor management and regulatory pricing will make him a vital member of the Great Lakes team.

Rustin Khavari
Vice President/Claims & Underwriting Counsel
Rustin Khavari

Vice President/Claims & Underwriting Counsel

Chance Perkins
Vice President & Underwriting Counsel
Chance Perkins

Vice President & Underwriting Counsel

Chance’s career in title industry began with a title agent as an examining attorney in San Antonio Texas. He worked on the agency side as an attorney/examiner until October 2017 when he joined an underwriter as Texas underwriting counsel. Chance’s examination background gives him the insight to solve curative matters and also provide legal and underwriter advice. He is certified to teach continuing education courses for both the Texas Department of Insurance and the Texas Real Estate Commission. Chance received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and his Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law in Houston.

NolaAnn Waggoner
Vice President & Underwriting Counsel
NolaAnn Waggoner

Vice President & Underwriting Counsel

NolaAnn Waggoner entered the title industry in 1992 as a manager of a title agency in Southeast Texas. After four years, she entered law school and earned her juris doctorate. She returned to the title industry and has worked for national underwriting companies in positions that include claims and underwriting counsel. NolaAnn’s experience has enabled her to be proficient in real estate and title insurance matters.

NolaAnn is a member of the State Bar of Texas and stays active in the Texas Land Title Association where she participates on multiple committees. She is a graduate of both Texas A&M University and Texas Southern University Law School.

Melinda Wirta
Assistant Vice President, Claims Administrator
Melinda Wirta

Assistant Vice President, Claims Administrator

After spending time in the greater Phoenix area as a residential realtor, Melinda returned home to her native Texas and began working for a Texas-based regional underwriter in 1998. With that underwriter, she began assisting in the claims department in 2003 handling various types of title claims during her tenure there. Melinda attended the TLTA Texas Land Title School in 2005 and also successfully completed the Paralegal Certificate Program through the Professional Development Institute with the University of North Texas. Melinda is a member of the Texas Land Title Association.

Chad Hansen
Regulatory/Compliance Counsel
Chad Hansen

Regulatory/Compliance Counsel