Edwards Abstract and Title Co. is pleased to announce that Mariana Ragousis Ramirez has been named McAllen Branch Manager! Congratulations and best wishes to Mariana and the McAllen Team.
Stop by any time and visit with Mariana and her Escrow Assistants Nancy Lemke and Denisse Flores. Gloria Banda, Escrow Officer and her Escrow Assistants Mary Lou Sosa and Julie Calles are ready to take care of your commercial and residential transactions and your title insurance needs!
Contact: Elva Jackson Garza
Edwards Abstract and Title Co. Welcomes McAllen Branch Manager
Byron Jay Lewis, Chairman of the Board and C.E.O. and N. Michael Overly, President and C.F.O are pleased to announce that Mariana Ragousis Ramirez has accepted the position as the Branch Manager of the McAllen office.
Mariana Ragousis Ramirez began her career in the title insurance industry in 2003. She joined Edwards Abstract and Title Co. as Escrow Assistant and quickly moved up as Escrow Officer. Mariana has gained valuable knowledge and experience as Escrow Officer and Escrow Assistant handling the commercial and residential orders of top real estate brokers, realtors, builders, lenders and real estate attorneys. She was named Escrow Officer with her own book of business in August 2012.
According to the Texas Land Title Association, Mariana is recognized as one of two Escrow Officers in the State of Texas that has earned three prestigious certification designations. She has tested and passed three rigorous exams to earn each certification.
In April, 2013 Mariana earned the professional credential CESA, Certified Escrow Settlement Associate; in 2014, she challenged herself to earn duo designations and she has accomplished her goal. She earned the Certified Title Insurance Associate (CTIA) and in April and she earned the Certified Abstract Examiner Associate (CAEA) in October. Mariana is the second Escrow Officer in the history of Edwards Abstract and Title Co. to earn the three certifications.
The McAllen office is located in one of the busiest business corridors in the City of McAllen. Mariana will work hand in hand with a current team of seven title insurance professionals and the team is sure to expand in 2015. Her dedication and commitment to excellence has allowed Mariana to work with many leading realtors, real estate attorneys, commercial and residential lenders, developers and investors.
“I appreciate the confidence that the ownership and management groups of Edwards Abstract and Title Co. have expressed in my leadership capabilities. I want to assure Edwards’ customers that the goal of the McAllen office is to continue to work diligently to earn their business.” stated Ragousis Ramirez. She will office at the same location at 4228 N. McColl Road in McAllen. As McAllen Branch Manager, she will be actively involved in representing Edwards Abstract and Title Co. as an affiliate member of the Greater McAllen Association of Realtors, Women’s Council of Realtors and RGV Builders Association.
Edwards Abstract and Title Co. was established in 1880 and has been serving the region for 135 years. The company will celebrate a proud legacy of service and 135th anniversary during 2015. The title insurance company has seven full service locations in Cameron and Hidalgo Counties in the cities of Edinburg, Brownsville, Harlingen, McAllen, Mission, South Padre Island and Weslaco. For more information regarding Edwards’ personnel, products and services, visit the website at www.edwards-titleco.com
Just in time for the busy shopping and holiday season, Edwards Abstract and Title Co. and the Mission office are hosting a customer service seminar! The Mission Chamber of Commerce is the place to be on Wednesday, October 15 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend, however, reservations are required. Please review the filer attached for all of the details. For more information contact Elva Jackson Garza, Vice President at firstname.lastname@example.org or 956-383-4951.
Byron Jay Lewis, Chairman of the Board and C.E.O. and N. Michael Overly, President and C.F.O are pleased to announce that Marilyn De Luna has accepted the position as the Branch Manager of the Mission office.
Marilyn De Luna has made an important contribution to Edwards Abstract and Title Co. as a member of the Edwards Management Team, Regional Escrow Automation Manager and Senior Escrow Officer. She recently received statewide recognition. According to the Texas Land Title Association, Marilyn is the only Escrow Officer in the State of Texas that has earned three prestigious certification designations. She has tested and passed three rigorous exams to earn each certification.
In April, 2012 Marilyn earned the professional credential CESA, Certified Escrow Settlement Associate; in 2013, she earned the Certified Title Insurance Associate (CTIA) and in 2014 she earned the Certified Abstract Examiner Associate (CAEA). Marilyn is the first Escrow Officer in the history of Edwards Abstract and Title Co. to earn the three certifications.
Her ability to prepare and present internal employee training and external customer training programs has been an asset to customers and the Edwards Team. She is a Valley native with experience in the title insurance industry since 1984. She started her career in Houston and joined Edwards Abstract and Title Co. 1999 in McAllen. During her career with Edwards, she has been a leader of the company having served as branch manager for the McAllen, Weslaco and Sharyland Plantation offices. Marilyn has extensive experience handling residential resale, construction, refinance and commercial transactions. She will be handling real estate transactions for Western Hidalgo County and Starr County. Her dedication and commitment to excellence has allowed Marilyn to work with many leading realtors, real estate attorneys, commercial and residential lenders, developers and investors.
“I am looking forward to serving the real estate industry professionals in the city of Mission and the surrounding communities. I have worked with many of the real estate brokers, agents, lenders, and developers and I’m very excited about my return to the area.” stated De Luna. She will office at 2506 E. Griffin Parkway. She makes time to represent Edwards Abstract and Title Co. as an affiliate member of the Greater McAllen Association of Realtors, Women’s Council of Realtors and RGV Builders Association.
Edwards Abstract and Title Co. was established in 1880 and has been serving the region for 134 years. The title insurance company has seven full service locations in Cameron and Hidalgo Counties in the cities of Edinburg, Brownsville, Harlingen, McAllen, Mission, South Padre Island and Weslaco.
As a service to the real estate agents of Cameron and Hidalgo Counties, Edwards Abstract and Title Co. is hosting two continuing education courses. On Thursday, September 11, the Harlingen office is starting the day off with: Texas Residential Contracts and Closings (1 hour MCE) Changes to the TREC contract are in effect since June 1, 2014. Learn the do’s and don’ts as you fill out the new forms. Owner Finance in Texas Residential Sales Transactions (1 hour MCE) Learn the new rules regarding owner finance. (please see the registration form attached).
The Brownsville office will offer the two courses on September 11 at the Brownsville Board of
Realtors location from 2:00 to 4:00.
The Hidalgo County offices have scheduled the two courses on Friday, September 12 at the Edwards University & Training Center in Edinburg. The sessions are scheduled from 10:00 to 12:00.
Congratulations to Bridget Cook, Legal Assistant, for the nomination by her peers and the selection as the Edwards Valuable Employee (E.V.E.) Award. Mike Overly, President & C.F.O, made the announcement at the Edinburg corporate office recently.
Bridget was showered with praise from her fellow employees from Cameron and Hidalgo Counties. All non-management employees are eligible for nomination. The award is presented quarterly during a special gathering of the Edwards Team. Others who were distinguished as the Best of the Best are: Clay Sanchez, Title Examiner (Edinburg); Alicia Pardo Massey, Sr. Escrow Officer (Brownsville); Norma Cano, Sr. Escrow Officer (Edinburg) and Ed Alfaro, Courier (Hidalgo County).
Bridget was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation and $100 as the EVE Award recipient. Thank you for your service and dedication Bridget!
AUSTIN, TX, – The Texas Land Title Association (TLTA) is proud to announce that five employees with Edwards Abstract and Title Co. have successfully completed the requirements and passed a rigorous examination to earn the professional certification designations from TLTA.
To become TLTA certified, a candidate must meet certain eligibility requirements in work experience, education and professional involvement, and then successfully pass an examination. Each designation represents a measure of achievement and proficiency in the Texas title insurance industry and distinguishes these highly motivated individuals.
TLTA’s certification designations include, CESA: Certified Escrow Settlement Associate, CAEA: Certified Abstract Examination Associate and CTIA: Certified Title Insurance Associate.
The five Edwards Abstract and Title Co. employees who have earned TLTA certification designations include:
- Byron Jay Lewis, CTIA (Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer)
- Marilyn De Luna, CAEA, CESA, CTIA (Regional Escrow Automation Manager/Sr. Escrow Officer -McAllen)
- Mariana Ragousis-Ramirez, CESA, CTIA (Escrow Officer – McAllen)
- Mary Barrientos, CESA (Mission Branch Manager/Sr. Escrow Officer)
- Martha (Marty) Garcia, CESA (Sr. Escrow Officer – Mission)
“These are very prestigious professional certification designations. Edwards Abstract and Title Co. is proud to have several members of the team who are leading the way in the title insurance industry in South Texas.” said Mike Overly, President & Chief Financial Officer.
Byron Jay Lewis is one of four title insurance company owners in the State of Texas who have earned the CTIA designation. Marilyn De Luna is the only Escrow Officer in the State of Texas to have earned all three certification designations from the Texas Land Title Association.
Founded in 1908, TLTA is a statewide trade association representing the Texas title insurance industry and currently serving over 13,000 professionals involved in the safe and
efficient transfer of real estate. In the course of their daily work, our membership serves over a million consumers each year. TLTA members provide certainty, efficiency and security to real estate transactions by conducting title searches, examinations, closings and issuing title insurance to protect real property owners and mortgage lenders against losses from defects in titles. For more information about TLTA’s certification program, visit: www.tlta.com/certification.