3111 W. Freddy Gonzalez Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539
956-383-4951 (Office) 956-289-3002 (Fax)
Byron Jay Lewis
Chairman of the Board
Chief Executive Officer
Certified Title Insurance Associate
Direct fax: 956-289-3001
Byron holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his law degree in 1986 from the University of Houston College of Law and was in private practice until 1999 when he worked with Scott & Lewis. He served as President of Edwards Abstract and Title Co. from 2001 to 2010. He is also a partner in the law firm of Lewis, Monroe & Peña that serves as counsel to Edwards Abstract and Title Co. In 2010, he was named as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the company. Byron is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Commercial and Residential Real Estate Law. In 2014, he tested and earned a prestigious certification from the Texas Land Title Association. Byron is one of four title insurance company owners that are recognized as Certified Title Insurance Associates (CTIA). He is an active civic leader who has given his time to serve various organizations such as president of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; president of the Rotary Club of Edinburg and Teach for America board of Directors. In 2012, he was appointed to serve on the board of directors for the Museum of South Texas History and he serves on the board of directors for the Texas Land Title Association.
N. Michael Overly
Chief Financial Officer
Direct fax: 956-289-4335
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has twenty-five years of executive management experience with organizations in a variety of industries including real estate development, real estate title insurance, retail and financial institutions. Michael’s management, financial and industry expertise is crucial in implementing the company’s strategic expansion into new markets and establishing the infrastructure necessary to provide the highest level of customer service. He is actively involved in several organizations in the Rio Grande Valley including his tenure as Past President of the McAllen North Rotary Club and past member of the Leadership McAllen Steering Board.
Executive Vice President
Underwriting – Business Development Group
Direct fax: 956-289-4347
D. D. received an undergraduate degree from Pan American University in 1972. Upon graduation, D.D. began his career in banking and then transitioned to the real estate title insurance industry where he has spent over thirty years in various executive management positions. As a result of his years of service in the title industry, D.D. brings to bear a wealth of knowledge and experience in residential, commercial and ranchland title insurance issues. D.D. spearheads the company’s business development and marketing strategy. He is currently serving as an advisory board member of the McAllen Economic Development Corporation and is serving on the Leadership McAllen Steering Board.
Alan D. Monroe
Direct fax: 956-289-3016
Alan serves as counsel with the law firm of Lewis, Monroe and Peña. He earned his law degree in 1975 from the University of Texas School of Law at Austin. He is licensed to practice law in all Courts of the State of Texas. He is also licensed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States and is Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate Law and Residential Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Diana S. Kaufold
Edinburg Branch Manager
Senior Escrow Officer
Direct fax: 956-289-3006
Diana joined the Edwards Team in 1988 and presently serves the company as Vice President and Branch Manager of the Edinburg Escrow office. She has previous consumer and commercial lending experience. You can count on Diana to conduct the most detailed and complicated commercial and residential real estate closings. Her expertise also includes out of county orders, 1031 Exchange and HUD closings. She takes great pride in serving all of her loyal customers together with her experienced and professional team and looks forward to being a part of the Valley’s real estate industry for years to come.
Direct fax: 956-289-3010
Norma joined the Edwards Team in 1992. She has worked in all levels of the title industry. The wide range of knowledge and experience has prepared her for a current position as Escrow Officer in Edinburg. Norma was appointed to this position in 2003 and has been serving local, out of county, residential and commercial customers.
Mark S. Peña
Direct fax: 956-289-3005
Mark joined the law firm of Lewis, Monroe and Peña as counsel in January 2002. His family has a long history in the legal profession. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his law degree from Texas Wesleyan University in 1999. Mark is also a certified mediator. Mark devotes countless hours to his community serving as Rotary Club of Edinburg President and chairman of the Edinburg Environmental committee.
Vice President of Title Operations
Direct fax: 956-289-3023
Rene Correa joined the Edwards Management Team in 2002, after several years in private law practice in Weslaco. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Houston in 1974 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1978. He has been licensed to practice law in the State of Texas since 1978. Rene has taken a leadership role with Edwards Abstract and Title Co. as the Manager of Title Operations and Counsel and oversees the day to day operations for Hidalgo County. Rene and his staff work diligently to resolve the daily challenges of title examinations related to both commercial and residential real estate transactions.
Irma I. Cavazos
Senior Title Examiner
Direct fax: 956-289-3013
Irma has devoted almost thirty years of service as a title plant examiner and takes pride in sharing her experience with her clients to ensure successful commercial and residential closings. Irma’s experience includes management of title plant personnel, examining complex commercial and acreage files and devoting countless hours to ensure prompt delivery of title commitments. She is an exemplary member of the Edwards Team who is dedicated to the timely and accurate processing of title exams and related commitment letters, tax services and issuing policies.
Elva Jackson Garza
Marketing & Business Development Manager
Direct fax: 956-289-3004
Elva joined the Edwards Team in 2002 as Vice President and Marketing Manager. She has devoted over twenty eight years to the marketing and corporate public relations field. Her experience includes nine years as marketing officer in the banking industry and eleven years with the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. In addition to her marketing and advertising responsibilities, Elva handles all of the employee and customer education programs for the company. She is recognized as a civic and business leader with an economic development background. During her career, she has chaired many civic organizations and has served on various leadership positions such as chairman of the board of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; President of the Kiwanis Club of Edinburg; President of the Valley Chamber of Commerce Executives and Edinburg Economic Development Corporation board of Directors. Elva represents Edwards Abstract and Title Co. in real estate industry related organizations such as the Greater McAllen Association of Realtors, Rio Grande Valley Builders Association, Women’s Council of Realtors and both Edinburg and Weslaco Realtors committees.
Human Resources/Escrow Operations/Accounting
Direct fax: 956-289-3008
Nancy has experienced the growth and development of residential, commercial and local industry in the Rio Grande Valley during her career in the title insurance field. As a matter of fact, Nancy’s tenure of 19 years in the title industry and ten years in the banking industry has allowed her to serve in various capacities and to earn the position of office manager. Her wide range of experience is crucial to the Edwards’ operation when dealing with human resources, employee issues, health insurance, state licensing with the Texas Department of Insurance and working with underwriters. Nancy joined Edwards Abstract and Title Co. in 2005 and currently serves on the Edwards Management Team.
Policy & SureClose Manager
Direct fax: 956-289-3012
Mel joined Edwards Abstract and Title Co. in 1999 while attending the University of Texas Pan American where he attained a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. His previous experience in operations, sales and marketing has prepared him for his current position on the Edwards Management Team as the Policy Manager. His duties include oversight of title insurance policy preparations and SureClose transaction management system for both Hidalgo and Cameron counties. In addition, he shares the responsibility of the production of the Edwards Newslink distributed to employees and Edwards Abstract customers. Mel excels in formatting, preparing technical presentations for internal and external use and is always ready to do what he can for the success of Edwards Abstract and Title Co.
IT Network Specialist
Direct Office 956-289-4304
Direct fax: 956-289-3000
Alex joined Edwards Abstract and Title Co. in 2006. His responsibilities have expanded to oversee the network and computer systems of the Cameron and Hidalgo Counties branch offices. Alex has been a part of the Cisco Academy and has completed his Associate degree as a computer networking specialist. In addition, he has attained certifications in A+, WCSP. He is currently working on continuing his education as well as obtaining other certifications in his field. Alex’s knowledge and experience is instrumental to the overall operation of Edwards Abstract and Title Co. He is just a phone call or email away to assist the Edwards Team carry out the day to day operations. Alex is always ready to do what he can to contribute to the success of Edwards Abstract and Title Co.