Board of Directors
Leonard (Len) Prescott
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 first-hand 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. He frequently represents the interests of 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 being promoted to Regional Underwriting Director, Len joined the Company as Florida State Counsel and previously served as Underwriting Counsel in Miami for several of the largest national title insurance underwriters. He is regularly featured as a national speaker for the American Land Title Association (ALTA) and other state and regional title associations. He has served multiple past terms and is a current member of the Board of Directors and President of the Florida Land Title Association (FLTA), and is an active Member and Sponsor for 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 Law Degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.
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.
Charles L. Ferguson, CLS
Shelley Stewart, CLC
Nancy S. Baumann
Nancy’s esteemed career as a title insurance professional began in the 1980s when she worked for Florida Title. After developing her skills and expertise there, she began her own very successful Sun Title Insurance Agency, Inc. in St. Petersburg in 1996, which was acquired by the law firm of Berlin Patten Ebling in July of 2020. Today, Nancy serves as a Business Development Coordinator for that firm. Her role as a title insurance leader expanded in 2019 when she was elected to the office of President of the Florida Land Title Association for 2020. In that position, and in other leadership roles in the Association, Nancy has worked with elected and appointed state and local officials on behalf of the title insurance industry and Florida consumers concerning all aspects of title insurance business and regulation. Nancy’s husband, Phil Baumann, a probate attorney, is also a leader in his industry. Through him, Nancy has come to know and work with the very best real estate attorneys in the state of Florida and has often called upon those expert real estate lawyers in her leadership roles on behalf of the title insurance industry. Nancy and Phil, both licensed pilots, have for years been flying their plane to professional association meetings throughout the country. Nancy supports the MacDonald Training Center, Inc., in its mission to assist persons with disabilities to live the lives that they choose, and the Judeo-Christian Health Clinic, Inc., a free medical clinic for the uninsured working poor staffed by all-volunteer medical professionals. Nancy is also a member of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, the Kiwanis Club of St. Petersburg and the Pinellas Realtors Organization (PRO).
Lindsay Hall Harrison
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.
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.
Karla J. Staker is a Vice President and Senior State Underwriting Counsel with the Fidelity National Financial family of companies in Maitland, Florida. She received a J.D. and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Florida. Karla also holds bachelor degrees in accounting and business administration from Florida Southern College. Except for a brief stint in private practice, Karla has been an underwriter with Fidelity National’s group of underwriters since 1986. She is a member of The Florida Bar and is board certified in Real Estate Law. She is also a member of the Executive Council of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar. She serves as a co-vice chair of the Section’s Title Issues and Standards Committee. She is a past president of the Florida Land Title Association and serves on its board of directors.