The Near North team consists of some of the industry’s leading professionals. Our talented staff prides itself on providing unparalleled customer service and client-focused solutions to all of our customers’ title and escrow needs. These individuals bring a unique combination of expertise and experience to our clients and their transactions.
Chief Executive Officer
In 2004, Mr. Fowler acquired Near North National Title where he currently serves as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to 2004, Mr. Fowler was the President of a Chicago development company that focused on urban residential properties. Read more
Underwriting Counsel Emeritus
John Lamberts is Underwriting Counsel Emeritus for Near North National Title. John has more than 35 years of experience in the title insurance industry as an underwriter. He is skilled at resolving complex mechanic lien issues, drafting policy endorsements, and resolving underwriting problems. Read More
General Counsel & VP Commercial
Scott Gryder has more than a decade underwriting national and local commercial transactions. His responsibilities have included coordinating and underwriting commercial single site and multisite portfolio transactions as well as overseeing commercial operations and business development initiatives. Read more
Colleen Q. Morrison
Vice President and Counsel
National Commercial Services
Ms. Morrison focuses on the oversight of all complex commercial real estate transactions handled by the National Commercial Services division of Near North National Title, as well as its day-to-day operations and business development initiatives. Read more
Chief Financial Officer
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Vice President & Senior Underwriter
Henry’s focus is on both residential and commercial examining and underwriting for statewide transactions. His responsibilities at Near North include working with attorney agents, Lenders, developers and new construction projects. Read More
Winnalynn Nacu Kantaris
Vice President & National Transaction Counsel
Winnalynn (Winnie) Nacu Kantaris has over 15 years of legal experience representing financial institutions, servicers, trustees, and investors in a variety of securitization transactions involving both residential and commercial real estate. Prior to her hire at NNNT, she was in private practice at McCoy & Orta, P.C., Mayer Brown, LLP and Kaye Scholer, LLP. In addition, she was an attorney in Bank of America’s Global Securitization Trust Services Department. She is a member of the Real Property Section of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association as well as the Real Property and Trust Section of the American Bar Association. In addition, she is an active member of the National Filipino American Lawyers Association and the president-elect of the Filipino American Lawyers of Association of Chicago. She received her B.S., J.D. and L.L.M. degrees from Loyola University Chicago. She is an active alumna and currently sits on the Alumni Board of Governors, the Dean’s Diversity Council and is a regular speaker for the Greenhorn Legal Practical Skills Bootcamp course.
Jonathan Fay is the Underwriting Counsel for our Commercial department at Near North National Title. In this capacity, Mr. Fay is responsible for underwriting title insurance coverage for commercial purchase and refinance transactions. Read more
National Commercial Transaction Manager
Beth focuses on the management of the underwriting and closing of complex commercial real estate transactions, working with top law firms, corporations, REITs, lenders and developers throughout the United States from the start of a transaction through policy issuance. She has more than a decade of experience in the title industry. Prior to joining Near North National Title, she was an Associate Underwriter for the national commercial services division of one of the largest national title insurance companies. Beth has contributed to the closing of numerous multisite, multistate, multibillion-dollar portfolios as well as small and large commercial single-site transactions, including wind farm leaseholds, apartment complexes, shopping centers, construction loans, and complex multimillion-dollar investments. She received her B.A. from the University of Chicago and completed her J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon in 2017.
Residential & Commercial Title Examiner
Nick Vastis works for Near North in the Title Department as Residential and Commercial Title Examiner. Mr. Vastis has served in a full range of escrow and underwriting capacities in the real estate and title insurance industry prior to joining Near North in 2015. Read more
Laurent (Larry) Marin
VP of Client Relations/ Banking and Specialty Services
Mr. Marin develops business relationships with local and national clients, including bankers, brokers, attorneys, and niche markets. With NNNT since fall of 2013, he has worked in the title industry since the mid 1990’s. Mr. Marin’s background includes working in all facets of the industry, such as loan origination, wholesale lending and title with a passion for developing and training sales teams. Read more
EVP & Business Development for Southwest District
Thomas Pilafas has been in the title business for over 20 years. Mr. Pilafas prides himself on his creativity, being detailed oriented and works extremely hard to help his clients grow their business. Mr. Pilafas’ main goal is to become an integral part of your team and provide you the best service the title industry has to offer. Read more
Vice President of Sales
During his time in the Title Insurance Industry, Bill Markoutsas has closed hundreds of transactions and brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge and superior customer service standards. His attention to detail and take action attitude makes him one of the best. Read more
Senior Escrow Officer
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Mary Fran Gill
Mary Fran has worked in the real estate industry in some capacity for the last 7 years. Mary Fran focuses on marketing efforts for the Near North brand. She previously was a manager at Fair Deal of Illinois, Inc. where she focused on disposition and business development. Prior to that she managed the subsidiary of Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc., Auctions by ATG. Auctions by ATG provided commercial and residential auction services for lenders, investors, brokers, and the general public. Gill was in charge of marketing and auctioning the properties, as well as business development. Prior to Auctions by ATG she was a commercial title representative for Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc.. Gill currently sits on the Advisory Council for the Goldie Initiative.
Gill received her M.S. in Real Estate from Roosevelt University where she was a Goldie B. Wolfe Miller Women Leaders in Real Estate Scholar. Gill holds a B.A. in Public Relations from the University of Dayton.
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Commercial Legal Assistant
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