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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.

Dan Fowler
Chief Executive Officer

Dan Fowler
Principal
Chief Executive Officer
dfowler@nnnt.com
312-621-3301

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

John Lamberts
President and Senior Counsel

John Lamberts
President and Senior Counsel
john.lamberts@nnnt.com
312-419-3937

John Lamberts is the President and Senior Counsel at 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

Scott Gryder
General Counsel & VP Commercial

Scott Gryder
General Counsel & VP Commercial
sgryder@nnnt.com
630-699-8814

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

Colleen Q. Morrison
Vice President and Counsel
National Commercial Services
cmorrison@nnnt.com
312-621-8233

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

 

Voula Giafis
EVP & Director of Operations

Voula Giafis
EVP & Director of Operations
voula.giafis@nnnt.com
312-419-3927

Ms. Giafis oversees the company’s escrow services department and administers the company’s Attorney Agent Program. She joined Near North in 2010 and is approaching her sixth year with our company. Read more

 

Evelyn Vela
Chief Financial Officer

Evelyn Vela
Chief Financial Officer
312-621-3305

evela@nntg.com

Bio to come…

Henry Marmol
Vice President & Senior Underwriter

Henry Marmol
Vice President & Senior Underwriter
hmarmol@nnnt.com
312-621-3306

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 and National Transaction Counsel

Winnalynn Nacu Kantaris
Vice President & National Transaction Counsel
wkantaris@nnnt.com
312-621-8238

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
Underwriting Counsel

Jonathan Fay
Underwriting Counsel
jfay@nnnt.com
312-621-3325

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

Kristen Cristia
Commercial Escrow Supervisor

Kristen Cristia
Commercial Escrow Supervisor
kristen.cristia@nnnt.com
312-419-3929

Kristen Cristia is the Construction and Escrow Supervisor at Near North National Title LLC. She has more than 15 years of experience in the title insurance industry. Read more

Beth Edwards
National Commercial Transaction Manager

Beth Edwards
National Commercial Transaction Manager
bedwards@nnnt.com
312-621-8236

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.

Nick Vastis
Residential & Commercial Title Examiner

Nick Vastis
Residential & Commercial Title Examiner
nvastis@nnnt.com
312-621-3335

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

Craig Miller
Senior Underwriter

Craig Miller
Senior Underwriter
cmiller@nnnt.com
312-419-3924

Mr. Miller focuses on the underwriting of commercial real estate transactions for properties in the Chicago metropolitan area and nationally. Read more

Steve Turner
Commercial Searcher

Steve Turner
Commercial Searcher
sturner@nnnt.com
312-621-3334

Steve Turner oversees the title search process producing all searches, electronically or manually via local County records to determine the relevant interests in and regulations concerning a commercial or residential property. Read more

Laurent (Larry) Marin
VP of Client Relations/Banking and Specialty Services

Laurent (Larry) Marin
VP of Client Relations/ Banking and Specialty Services
lmarin@nnnt.com
630-903-0312

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

Thomas Pilafas
EVP & Business Development for Southwest District

Thomas Pilafas
EVP & Business Development for Southwest District
thomas.pilafas@nnnt.com
708-805-2250

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

Bill Markoutsas
Vice President of Sales

Bill Markoutsas
Vice President of Sales
bmarkoutsas@nnnt.com
847-613-5883

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

Kathy Salemi
Senior Escrow Officer

Kathy Salemi
Senior Escrow Officer
kathy.salemi@nnnt.com
312-419-8156

Bio to come…

Joan Geoghegan
Senior Escrow Officer

Joan Geoghegan
Senior
Escrow Officer
joan.geoghegan@nnnt.com
312-419-8157

Joan Geoghegan is a Closing Escrow Officer. She joined the residential closing department of Near North National Title in February of 2014. Joan brings with her 16 years of experience working in the title industry.  Read More

Mary Fran Gill
Marketing Manager

Mary Fran Gill
Marketing Manager
mgill@nnnt.com
312-621-3372

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.

Deborah Bridges
Escrow Closer

Deborah Bridges
Escrow Closer
dbridges@nnnt.com
312-621-3332

Bio to come.

Sarah Wilson
Commercial Legal Assistant

Sarah Wilson
Commercial Legal Assistant
swilson@nnnt.com
312-419-3916

Bio to come…

Laurel Arlis
National Commercial Services - Paralegal

Laurel Arlis
National Commercial Services – Paralegal
larlis@nnnt.com
312-419-3928

Ms. Arlis has been with Near North National Title since August 2016 and currently serves as the Commercial Title Coordinator/Paralegal for the National Commercial Services.  Read more.

Lauren Poe
Title Administrator

Lauren Poe
Title Administrator
lauren.poe@nnnt.com
312-621-3302

Lauren is the Title Administrator here at Near North National Title. Lauren brings 7 years with her working in the Real Estate industry from Title, Foreclosures, and REO properties. Read More

Andrew Border
Search Department Coordinator

Andrew Border
Search Dept. Coordinator
aborder@nnnt.com
312-621-3328

Andrew’s responsibilities as the Search Dept. Coordinator include the review of the search workflow tasks and training and supervising of all search department staff. Read More

Kerry Quirk
Residential Title Coordinator

Kerry Quirk
Residential Title Coordinator
Kerry.quirk@nnnt.com
312-621-3365

Kerry Quirk responsibilities as the Residential Title Coordinator include the review of the workflow reports to inure all benchmarks are met. 

Kate Ergang
Escrow Closing Officer

Kate Ergang
Escrow Closing Officer
kergang@nnnt.com
312-621-3308

Kate Ergang has been with Near North National Title since June 2015.  She brought with her four years of real estate experience. Read More

Maddie Hodge
Receptionist

Maddie Hodge
Receptionist
maddie.hodge@nnnt.com
312-419-3900

Maddie Hodge is the receptionist and construction escrow assistant at Near North National Title. Her responsibilities include phones, greeting clients, generating CPL’s and assisting the office. Read more

Jennifer Brunetti
Human Resources Director

Jennifer Brunetti
Human Resources Director
jennifer.brunetti@nntg.com
312-621-3366

Bio to come.