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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.
SVP, National Agency Underwriting Counsel
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.
VP/Western Region Underwriting Counsel
Vice President/Claims & Underwriting Counsel
VP, Texas Underwriting Counsel
Stephen is a locally born Houstonian and grew up in Decatur, Texas. He began working early in the industry as a land surveyor in high school and into college. After graduating from the University of Texas in Austin, he worked as a loan officer for the next six years to then move into oil and gas as a landman and worked to acquire his law degree. Shortly after graduating from Texas A&M University Law School, Stephen started his own law practice and has been handling transactions, curative work, document preparation and, most recently, acting as general counsel for a local title agent, Title Resources Denton, for the past five years.
South Carolina Underwriting Counsel
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.