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Board of Directors

Marty Solomon
President                                                                                   
Awerbach Cohn
28100 U.S. Hwy 19 North, Suite 104
Clearwater, Florida 33761
(727) 725-3227







Marty Solomon has litigated for title insurers around the country for the past 20 years, first with Carlton Fields and now with Awerbach | Cohn.  He is a past chair of the FLTA Defense Roundtable committee, and first attended the Roundtable 17 years ago, with founding member Mark Brown.  He typically handles title curative litigation, coverage litigation, bad faith defense, defalcations, and closing protection letter claims.  He is an Executive Council member of the Florida Bar’s Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section (RPPTL).  He has also been active with the Title Insurance Committee of the American Bar Association’s Tort and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS).  He earned a B.A. in political science and sociology from New College of USF in Sarasota, and a J.D. from Tulane.  He enjoys bicycling, photography, and sailing.

Mickey Godat
First Vice President
Chair, Insurers' Section 
Title Resources Guaranty Company
1145 Townpark Avenue,
Suite 2245
Lake Mary, Florida 32746
(407) 786-8190



Mickey Godat was born in St. Louis, MO.  He graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans with a Bachelor of Arts in History and obtained his law degree from St. Louis University School of Law.  Mickey began his title career as in-house counsel for a large title agency in St. Louis, MO.  From there he traveled back down the Mississippi River to New Orleans where, in 1996 he was hired by Lawyers Title.  For the next 14 years, through industry consolidations with LandAmerica and Fidelity, he held various positions throughout the Southeast; including underwriting counsel in Louisiana and Florida and managed a major commercial transactions division in Central Florida.  In 2010, he moved to Title Resources Guaranty Company.  He is currently a Vice President and Underwriting Counsel for the East Region.  He manages underwriting and regulatory issues from Florida to Louisiana up to Maine.

John Sthreshley
Chair, Agents' Section

First International Title
1111 3rd Ave. West, Suite 240
Bradenton, FL  34205
(941) 806-7289


John Sthreshley is Vice President for First International Title, Inc. based in Coral Springs, FL. and has been with the company since its inception in 2009.  A Bradenton, Fla. Resident since 1999, John has more than 30 years of proven management, personnel training, sales, and strategic territory development in the highly competitive financial solutions industry.  John has work history including restaurant management, residential and commercial building, construction supply chains, and real estate software analytics sales.  He is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College at Staunton, VA with a bachelor’s degree in business.  Past chair of the Cyber Fraud Committee with the Florida Land Title Association (FLTA).   John and his wife, Valerie, reside in Bradenton, they have four children and two grandchildren.

Timothy Steele
Treasurer
Sunset Park Title Company
1646 W. Snow Ave.,
Suite 11
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 603-6333



Tim Steele is a Past President of FLTA. He has been involved in title law and real estate since moving to Florida almost 20 years ago. Currently, he runs Sunset Park Title Company, the inhouse title operation for Homes by West Bay, a builder in the Tampa Bay area. Prior to joining Homes by West Bay, he represented Pasco County Board of County Commissioners, practiced real estate litigation, and oversaw title operations for the largest division of Lennar Homes, a national builder, where he was noted for his leadership, innovation, and communication skills.  He has extensive experience in drafting state statutes and local ordinances, representing governmental bodies and real estate law.  Tim graduated from Stetson College of Law in St. Petersburg and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology from Arizona State University.

Sabine Seidel
Director
Westcor Land Title Insurance Company
875 Concourse Parkway South, Suite 200
Maitland, FL  32751
(407) 629-5842


Sabine is State Counsel for Westcor Land Title Insurance Company in its Maitland office.  She has been with Westcor since 2005 and is in charge of the Florida underwriting department as well as assisting with commercial underwriting.  She also teaches at Westcor’s annual seminars and various agent events.  Sabine is originally from Germany and grew up in a military family.  She received her undergraduate degree in legal studies from the University of Central Florida and her J.D. from the University of Memphis.  Sabine was briefly in private practice but starting in 1999 at American Pioneer Title Insurance Company, her career has been in title insurance underwriting and claims.  Sabine is a member of the Real Property Probate and Trust section of the Florida Bar and serves on the Title Issues and Standards, Commercial Real Estate and Title Insurance and Liaison Committees, as well as being a member of CREW Orlando.  When not working Sabine loves spending time at the beach or the barn with her husband Joel and 9-year-old daughter Hailey.

Melissa Scaletta
Director
Attorneys’ Title Fund Services, L.L.C.
6545 Corporate Centre Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32832
(407) 240-3863


Melissa S. Scaletta is Vice President, Associate General Counsel, and Chief Underwriting Counsel of Attorneys’ Title Fund Services, L.L.C. Melissa is a Florida board certified real estate lawyer.  She has authored numerous articles for Fund publications and serves on the editorial boards for the Fund Title Notes and Fund Concept.  Melissa has presented various seminars pertaining to transactional law and title insurance for the Florida Bar, FLTA, the Fund Assembly and Fund Affiliate Assembly.  She has served as a member of the Faculty & Steering Committee of the Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section Real Estate Certification Review and Advanced Practice Course since 2006.  Melissa also serves on several committees of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar and she is the author of the Marketable Record Title Act and Uniform Title Standards chapter of Florida Real Property Title Examination & Insurance (Fla. Bar CLE 9th ed. 2019).  Melissa and her husband Tony reside in Orlando, where they raised their two children.  

Leonard (Len) Prescott
Immediate President
First American Title Insurance Company
2121 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, Suite 710
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 908-6252




Len Prescott is Vice President, Florida State and Regional Counsel and Regional Underwriting Director for First American Title Insurance Company.  With an extensive background in securities, insurance, and real estate, Len uses his experience and broad industry perspective to oversee the Company’s Florida State and Regional Underwriting Departments.  Aside from his leadership and management responsibilities, Len is a very active transactional underwriter and has underwritten many of the most complex and largest title transactions in Florida.  Along with crafting solutions to the most challenging underwriting issues, Len develops and presents educational programs for agents and production staff throughout the state and is regularly featured as a national speaker for the American Land Title Association (ALTA) and other state and regional title associations.  He frequently represents the interests of the members of the Florida Land Title Association (FLTA), First American, and its agents before the Office of Insurance Regulation, the Florida Department of Financial Services, and the Florida Legislature.  Len has been a contributing author for many changes to Florida statutes of importance to the title industry including the treatment of Construction Liens, Estoppels, Property Information Reports, MRTA, Lis Pendens, and Homestead.  Prior to joining First American, Len previously served as Underwriting Counsel in Miami for several of the largest national title insurance underwriters. He has served multiple past terms and is a current member of the Board of Directors and Immediate Past President of the FLTA and is an active Member and Sponsor of the Executive Council of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section (RPPTL) of the Florida Bar, currently serving as a Vice-Chair of RPPTL’s Title Insurance Committee.  He is an active member of the Florida and Maryland Bar Associations.  Len graduated, summa cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire, is a member of the Academic Honor Society Phi Beta Kappa and received his Doctor of Law from the Georgetown University Law Center. 

Cheryl A. Rapoano, CLC
Chair, CLT Institute Council
Southern Title Holding Company, LLC
2335 Beville Road
Daytona, FL 32119
(386) 760-9800




Cheryl A. Rapoano began her career in the title insurance industry in 1985 and has experience working for both attorney and independent title agencies. She became a Florida Licensed Title Insurance Agent in 1995 and in 2005 achieved the Certified Land Closer (CLC) professional designation.  Cheryl joined Southern Title in 1995 and currently manages the company’s Title Production Division, oversees the Builder Division while also acting as the interim manager of the Company's Deltona and Daytona Beach Mainland offices.

Jeff Hall
Director

Florida Title & Guarantee Agency
14050 NW 14th Street, Suite 110
Sunrise, Florida 33323
(954) 509-1426


Jeff Hall is Division President of Florida Title & Guarantee Agency based in Sunrise, Florida and has nearly 20 years of experience in the financial services and title industry.  Jeff began his title career with a leading foreclosure law firm in Michigan, Trott & Trott, P.C., working directly with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on loss mitigation pilot programs as well as alternative post sale options such as the “Cash for Redemption” program to limit GSE holding time and costs.  After moving to Florida, Mr. Hall worked for Coldwell Banker NRT overseeing many aspects of their title vendor management and streamlining the vendor selection process and oversight programs for multiple clients.  Later, he moved on to work directly for Fannie Mae in their National Property Disposition Center after their expansion of the South Florida regional office first as an Asset Analyst and then as an Assistant Vice President and Asset Manager.  Jeff then served as the Chief Operating Officer for a large-scale creditor’s rights and real estate closing law firm who acted as designated counsel for FNMA and FHLMC before joining FTGA to oversee all title and closing operations in 40+ regional and branch offices throughout Florida. 

Andrea Somers
Director
Florida Agency Network
1605 S. Alexander Street, Suite 102
Plant City, FL  33563
(813) 754-4440



Andrea Somers is the Operations Manager for Florida Agency Network (FAN), a conglomerate of independent title agencies, settlement service providers, and innovative technology companies within the State of Florida. In this role, she is responsible for formulating strategy, providing leadership, oversight, and management of the company’s ancillary divisions. She is a licensed title agent and veteran in the field with over 20 years’ experience. She began her career as the National Vendor Manager with TransContinental Title, a national title company. In this role, she was responsible for managing a nationwide network of title abstractors and mobile closers. She moved into managing the REO closing division for a foreclosure law firm before accepting her current position at FAN in 2015. In 2019, Andrea was awarded the widely recognized CAMS® credential by the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists® (ACAMS®). This designation is awarded to professionals who successfully demonstrate their aptitude and expertise in anti-money laundering detection and enforcement by completing a rigorous examination on terrorist financing methods, best practices, and global key legislation to aid in developing defenses for financial institutions. Andrea is an active member of the Florida Land Title Association, currently serving as Chair of the Cyber Security Committee. In her spare time, she volunteers as a student mentor for Hillsborough Education Foundation. Andrea’s passions include paddle boarding, kayaking, and spending time outdoors with her family.

Kevin Thomas
Chair, Past Presidents’ Council
Agents National Title Insurance Company
280 W. Canton Avenue, Suite 320
Winter Park, FL 32789
(866) 483-2763



Kevin D. Thomas is Senior Vice President, Florida State Manager & Underwriting Counsel for Agents National Title Insurance Company and is based in Orlando, Florida.  Prior to joining Agents National Title, he spent 13 years as Vice President and Florida Underwriting Counsel at another major title insurer and as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Director of Alliance Title of America, a Florida title insurer owned primarily by title agents until its acquisition by a major title insurer in 2003.  He began his career in the title industry in 1985 and served as State Underwriting Counsel for other national title insurers specializing in commercial transactions.  He is a member of the Florida Bar and has lectured extensively on title insurance and real property law. He served as a Staff Assistant to the President in the Carter White House.  He received a B.A. in Foreign Service and International Politics from Pennsylvania State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore. 

Lindsay R. Hall Harrison

Chair, Governmental Affairs
Stewart Title Guaranty Company
3402 W. Cypress Street
Tampa, FL 33607
(689) 207-2825


Lindsay R. Hall Harrison is Florida Underwriting Counsel for Stewart Title Guaranty Company. Lindsay has practiced as a litigation attorney representing lenders and servicers, Managing Partner of a boutique real estate law firm and title company, and prior to becoming a title underwriter held the position of Associate General Counsel of a national mortgage lender. Lindsay joined the FLTA Board of Directors in 2018 and served as Chair of the Education Committee in 2019/20 and serves as Founding Co-Chair/Trustee of the FLTA Charitable Action Foundation. Lindsay also serves as Co-Chair of the ALTA PRIA Liaison Work Group and is also member of PRIA, the Property Records Industry Association, the Florida Bar Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section, and Central Florida CREW. Lindsay is a past board member of both the state chapter of Florida Association for Women Lawyers and local chapter Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, the Women’s Counsel of Realtors Central Florida Chapter, and A Gift for Music. Lindsay also currently serves as an elected official sitting on City Council for the City of Maitland, Florida.

Michael Day
Director
Innovative Title Services
217 N. Westmonte Dr.,
Ste. 1004/1006
(407) 332-8111





Michael Day is the President & CEO of Innovative Title Services, LLC an independent title agency and settlement service provider in the State of Florida.  Michael is originally from Michigan, has been a resident of Central Florida since 1997 and received his B.A. in Economics from Rollins College.  Michael is a licensed title insurance agent with more than 20 years of experience in the industry.  He began his career as a National Account Manager with TitleSoft, Inc., a leading nationwide software provider for the title industry.  He was responsible for the direct brand sales & marketing of software technologies and played an integral role in the growth of the organization by expanding the company’s client base nationwide.  Michael is an active member of the Florida Land Title Association where he serves on the Government Affairs Committee since 2018. 

Joseph Tschida
Director
WFG National Title Insurance Company
400 International Parkway, Suite 160
Lake Mary, FL 32746
(407) 708-0408



Joe Tschida is a Vice President and the Florida State Counsel for WFG National Title Insurance Company.  Joe has 27 years of experience in the title industry and has a wide range of underwriting experience from residential transactions to complex commercial transactions.  Joe provides underwriting support, guidance, and education for WFG’s Florida agents.  Joe is a member of the Florida Bar and is on the Executive Council of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar.  Joe was a co-author of an Article titled “Navigating A Foreclosure Title Commitment” published in the Summer 2018 Edition of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section’s ActionLine Magazine; and Joe was the author of an Article titled “Waiver of The Spousal Devise Restriction Under New Fla.Stat. § 732.7025” published in the 2019 Spring Edition of ActionLine Magazine.  Joe is on the Board of Directors of the Florida Land Title Association; and serves on the Governmental Affairs Committee and the Forms Committee for the FLTA.  Joe is based out of WFG’s Regional Office in Lake Mary, Florida.

Robert Cohen
Director
FNF Family of Companies
2400 Maitland Center Pkwy - Ste 200
Maitland, FL  32751
(407) 618-2939



Robert Cohen received his BS in Advertising from the University of Florida in 1988. He began his title insurance career as an agency sales representative in 1992 for American Pioneer Title Insurance. In 2002, he became the Florida Agency Manager for American Pioneer until the company was acquired by Fidelity National Financial (FNF) in 2004. Mr. Cohen managed FNF’s Florida Agency operations for Ticor Title Insurance until 2010 when FNF brought together Chicago Title, Commonwealth Land Title and Fidelity National Title. He currently serves as SVP/North Florida Agency Manager and oversees the Fidelity National Timeshare operations nationally. He currently resides in Maitland, FL with his wife Janice and they have two daughters Layne and Lindsay. He is an active member of The American Resort Development Association, American Land Title Association, Florida Land Title Association, and has served on the Central Florida YMCA Board.

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