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Jann Gay Commercial Escrow Closer

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Jann Gay

Sr. Escrow Officer | LPO

Jann Gay is one of the best known and most respected Commercial Escrow Officers in the Greater Seattle region, and works daily with prominent commercial real estate brokers, lenders, attorneys and principals to close their important and complex transactions.

With 39 years of settlement services experience, Jann brings tremendous depth and knowledge to the table for customers of Ticor Title Major Accounts. With offices in Tacoma, Jann and her team are poised to always offer convenience.

Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.
– John Wayne

Being a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA advocate) for children within the court system is a meaningful and important activity in Jann’s life as well.

Renee Sorensen Commercial Escrow Closer

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Renee Sorensen

Commercial Escrow Closer

Renee has a wonderful track record of being highly skilled, extremely organized and knowledgeable in our industry bringing over 25 years of experience to the table. She understands the needs of our clients and delivers results taking pride in maintaining a steady line of communication, being proactive and proficient. Just ask.

Renee’s array of experience goes from residential transactions and commercial transactions of every kind to managing a desk that works on a national level. Renee gets the job done in an efficient and successful manner meeting the expectations of her clients.

A native of Gig Harbor, Renee is an avid football fan of our Seattle Seahawks. She enjoys many outdoor activities, including laying in the sun, boating, skiing and golfing with her fiancé Jeff and their boxer Stoli.

Renee is a tremendous asset to our South Sound Major Accounts Team and we are glad she is here!

Sean Barragan Commercial Title Officer

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Sean Barragan

AVP Commercial Title Officer

We are proud to have Sean Barragan as our local Commercial Title Officer as he was hand-picked to compliment our team.

Sean began his career in the title industry in 1998 in Phoenix, AZ. He has steadily progressed in proficiency and responsibility in the roles of Title Examiner, Residential Title Officer, Commercial Examiner, and Commercial Title Officer. In Arizona, Sean examined most of the state while working with the top national underwriting title companies including Fidelity, Chicago, Commonwealth, and Lawyers Title on multi-state, billion dollar transactions.

Sean enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, scuba diving with his wife, and time at the dog park with his dogs Rudy and Minnie.


Julia Schiro Commercial Sales Executive

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Julia Schiro

AVP Commercial Sales Executive

Julia Schiro is our Commercial Sales Executive focusing on the South Sound. Julia has been involved in the South Sound Community for over 30 years as an entrepreneur, real estate broker and sales professional.

As an award winning, energetic Real Estate Professional, Julia brings passion to all she does, whether it is meeting the needs of our clients, serving on a non-profit board or spending quality time with her family.

A favorite quote:
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. ~Mark Twain

Our personal promise to customers:

  1. to directly shepherd over their files working tightly with our escrow officers, title officers and underwriters to ensure reliable and accurate performance; and
  2. to always be highly reachable and accessible as the main point of contact. Customers can call, text or email around the clock, 7 days per week, and expect a prompt reply. Sometimes customer just need things right now … no problem.

The Ticor Title Major Accounts team works to develop insightful and meaningful business relationships in the commercial title and escrow industry – to develop innovative tools, products and services that will see Ticor’s commercial customers achieve success. We regard it as an honor to assist our customers in achieving better financial growth and competitiveness using our leading edge tools and services.

Kris Weidenbach, VP Major Accounts

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Kris Weidenbach

VP Major Accounts

Kris Weidenbach is Vice President of the Major Accounts Team. Having grown up in a title and escrow family as well as working his entire career in the industry; Kris has built a unique set of skills to provide value in every avenue of the real estate closing process. The addition of Kris is another step in Ticor creating the perfect closing team for your commercial and development needs.

“I live by the Three C’s – Customer Service, Customer Service, and don’t forget Customer Service. We are a service based industry. Ticor’s service levels are how we are differentiating ourselves, and we go the extra mile on every transaction.”

Kris got his education at the University of Washington, graduating from the Michael G. Foster School of Business with a degree in Business Management. He also is an active participant in the Washington Land Title Association, is Chairperson for the industries local political action committee TITAC of Washington, and is President of the internal logistics company TDS.

His interests outside of work include: staying active through skiing, running and tennis, coed sports with friends, spending time with his family, and investing in small real estate projects.


Matt Fortier

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Matt Fortier

President – County Manager

Matt Fortier, Division President for Ticor Title, has been with the Fidelity National Title Group of companies (Ticor’s parent) for more than 25 years, including senior management roles in California, Hawaii and now in Greater Seattle, Washington.

Mr. Fortier is responsible for all operations in the Puget Sound. With a career in title insurance and escrow spanning more than 30 years, Mr. Fortier’s reputation is built on solid credentials and achievements in title service & production, sales & marketing, and also through several years as a successful commercial real estate broker.

Furthermore, Mr. Fortier has extensive community involvement on behalf of Ticor Title, and on his own accord – he is a member of several associations and boards (including being a two-time Paul Harris Fellow through Rotary International).

An avid outdoors enthusiast in tennis, golf, skiing, sailing, and other events, Mr. Fortier also enjoys Porsches, wine-making and is a musician. He and his wife Mary Ann have been married 31 years and have two grown daughters.

Susan Schmitt Escrow Operations Manager

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Susan Schmitt

Escrow Operations Manager

Susan Schmitt supervises all Northwest escrow operations for Ticor in Washington State.

She has worked in the escrow industry since 1983. She began with Ticor Title Company in 1995 as manager of the Puyallup Branch, was promoted to Pierce County Escrow Manager in 2005, and then promoted again to Escrow Operations Manager covering King County and Pierce County in February 2012.

The majority of Susan’s career has been spent closing residential and commercial real estate transactions, including resale, new construction and land development.


Dwight Bickel

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Dwight Bickel

Vice President & Regional Counsel

Dwight Bickel is Vice President & Regional Counsel for the Northwest states. He is the senior local underwriter for Ticor Title Major Accounts for evaluating title insurance risks and to respond to special coverage requests for high value transactions.

The role of underwriting is essential to the success of commercial transactions. I follow the Five A’s of Underwriting Excellence – Awareness, Anticipation, Analysis, Availability, Answers – in order to guide our customers as their title company partner.

Dwight has always enjoyed providing training for both title and escrow employees for his own company and for industry trade associations. For two years Dwight was honored to serve as the leader of a national group to develop an internal training program to recognize deceptive practices, then to follow procedures in response that avoid involvement in fraudulent transactions.

His formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business in 1975, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Puget Sound in 1978. He occasionally consults with individuals and attorneys referred by the King County Bar Association’s Volunteer Legal Services.

Outside of work interests include fine dining, making craft beer, snow skiing, road tour bicycling, geocaching and sharing time with his two adult sons and two grandchildren.

Lindsy Doucette

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Lindsy Doucette

Vice President and Underwriting Counsel

Lindsy Doucette serves as Vice President and Underwriting Counsel for Ticor Title Company. Lindsy advises on title and escrow matters to all operations in Washington and Montana. She will be broadening her scope to include Alaska, Idaho, and Wyoming as she becomes acquainted with the Pacific Northwest. Lindsy joined Fidelity National Title Group in 2009. After five years in claims as Senior Claims Counsel, Lindsy was recruited to be Commercial Underwriting Counsel in Southern California where she supported title officers handling major accounts including alternative energy matters throughout the country.

Lindsy graduated from the University of California, San Diego and Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska. She began her professional practice as an associate in Omaha, Nebraska with handling high-value commercial real property transactions nationwide, corporate matters, and litigation. She is an active member of the Washington State Bar and an inactive member of the Nebraska State Bar. In her spare time, Lindsy enjoys live music, local fare, and a good book.

David Lawson

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David Lawson

Vice President & State Underwriter

David Lawson is Vice President & State Underwriter representing Ticor Title Major Accounts through its parent, Fidelity National Title Group. David has over 37 years experience in the title insurance industry, starting with Safeco Title Insurance Company and later with Chicago Title Insurance Company.

David has hands-on experience in all title department positions, including Examining Department Supervisor and Senior Commercial Title Officer.

For the last 27 years he has served as an Underwriter and is responsible for reviewing insurability of title to real property, determining availability of special coverages, and consulting with staff and customers to find solutions to complex title problems.

David has been a presenter at educational seminars for the Washington Land Title Association, the Montana Land Title Association, as well as our own employees and agents. Currently he is Vice President of the Washington Land Title Association. David is active in reviewing proposed legislation and regulations impacting the industry in Washington and Montana.

Curt Johnson

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Curt Johnson

Vice President & State Underwriter

Curt Johnson serves as AVP and Underwriting Counsel for Ticor Title Company. Curt joined Ticor’s parent company 15 years ago and is currently the group’s Northwest Underwriting Department.

Our customers deserve our very best efforts and that’s exactly what we bring to each and every transaction, each and every day.

Curt is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and active in the Washington Land Title Association for which he is a past president. He has his undergraduate degree in architecture and urban planning.

Ticor Title Major Accounts – Downtown Tacoma

1201 Pacific Ave., Ste 600
Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: 253-620-1391
Fax: 877-457-4501

Fidelity National Title Group

Ticor Title is a part of FNTG, the nation’s largest title insurance and escrow services company.


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