Edinburg Corporate Headquarters
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
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 has served as President of Edwards Abstract and Title Co. since 2001 and is also a partner in the law firm of Lewis, Monroe & Peña that serves as counsel to Edwards. 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 Rotary Club of Edinburg; 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. In addition, he serves on the board of directors for the Texas Land Title Association.
N. Michael Overly
Hidalgo County Division
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.
Title Plant Production Department
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.
4228 N. McColl Road
McAllen, TX 78504
956-682-4951 (Office) 956-631-3504 (Fax)
Marilyn De Luna
Regional Escrow Automation Manager
Senior Escrow Officer
Certified Escrow Settlement Associate
Certified Title Insurance Associate
Direct fax: 956-289-3014
Marilyn De Luna has made a vital contribution to Edwards Abstract and Title Co. as the Regional Escrow Automation Manager and Senior Escrow Officer. In April, 2012 Marilyn earned the professional credential CESA, Certified Escrow Settlement Associate, a designation that is offered by the Texas Land Title Association. Marilyn is the first CESA to be accredited in the 132 year history of Edwards Abstract and Title Co. 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 branch offices. Marilyn has extensive experience handling residential resale, construction, refinance and commercial transactions. 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. She makes time to represent Edwards as an affiliate member of the Greater McAllen Association of Realtors, Women’s Council of Realtors and RGV Builders Association.
Senior Escrow Officer
Direct fax: 956-289-4337
Tina has worked in the real estate title industry in Hidalgo County for over 25 years. Tina is experienced in all aspects of residential, commercial and farm property transactions. During this time, Tina has forged strong relationships with many realtors, lenders, attorneys and developers in South Texas. Tina’s work ethic and knowledge of the industry has earned her a reputation for great customer service.
Direct fax: 956-289-4345
Grace was born in McAllen but moved to “God’s Country” as a child and she was raised Colorado. After a few years, she returned to the Rio Grande Valley in 1977. Grace has devoted 25 years to the real estate title industry. She joined the Edwards Team in January, 2011. Her career in the industry started as a runner for US Life Title. Given the opportunity to learn all of the facets of the escrow process, Grace has an appreciation for hard work, multi-tasking and doing what it takes to get the job done. She has gained the knowledge of all levels of escrow through assisting where needed with a positive attitude. She believes in taking pride in what we do and the product we represent at Edwards Abstract and Title Co. Her focus is on providing superior customer service with the end result being a successful closing. The title insurance industry is ever changing and Grace embraces the challenge to learn more each day in order to better serve her customers. Grace represents Edwards Abstract and Title Co. in several organizations such as Women’s Council of Realtors, Greater McAllen Association of Realtors and the Rio Grande Builders Association.
Mariana R Ramirez
Certified Escrow Settlement Associate
Direct fax: 956-289-4344
Mariana began her career in the title insurance industry in 2003. She thrives working in the fast paced real estate environment and serving her customers. Mariana has gained valuable knowledge and experience as escrow officer and assistant handling the commercial and residential orders of top real estate brokers, realtors, builders, lenders and real estate attorneys. She was named Escrow Officer of her own book of business in August 2012 and will continue to operate from the McAllen branch office. She is actively involved with the Women’s Council of Realtors Annual Fashion Show participating as a model for the past three years. She is also a member of the Greater McAllen Association of Realtors and the Rio Grande Valley Builders Assn.
2506 E. Griffin Parkway
Mission, TX 78572
956-583-1220 (Office) 956-583-1798 (Fax)
Mary A. Barrientos
Branch Manager/Sr. Escrow Officer
Direct fax: 956-289-3009
Mary joined the Edwards Team in 1993. She has proven that through hard work and dedication, you can rise to the top. Mary has worked in all levels of the escrow side of the title industry and has filled the positions of escrow secretary and escrow officer. In August 2000, Mary was named branch manager of the Mission office. Her years of experience in the real estate industry allows her to assist clients with the most challenging residential and commercial transactions. Mary takes pride in going above and beyond for her customers and welcomes their orders and business. She is a member of the Mission Chamber of Commerce and affiliated with the RGV Builders Association, Greater McAllen Association of Realtors and Women’s Council of Realtors.
Martha L. (Marty) Garcia
Senior Escrow Officer
Direct Fax: 956-289-3015
Marty has over ten years experience in various aspects of the real estate and title insurance industries. A Valley native, she has enjoyed working with local builders, realtors, lenders and real estate attorneys and assisting them with the residential and commercial transactions. As the Valley and South Texas region continues to grow, she is proud of her contributions and efforts to get the deal closed. In addition to her duties as Sr. Escrow Officer, Marty was recently appointed as Business Development Coordinator for Hidalgo County. Her experience in banking, mortgage lending and in the title industry enables her to provide full service to her customers. She is active with the Boy Scouts of America and in her church . In addition, Marty represents Edwards Abstract and Title Co. in several industry related organizations such as the Greater McAllen Association of Realtors, Women’s Council of Realtors and RGV Builders Assn. She was accepted as a member of the Leadership Mission 2010-11 class.
2290 W. Pike Blvd Ste 101
Weslaco, TX 78596
956-973-9654 (Office) 956-289-3026 (Fax)
Weslaco Branch Manager
Senior Escrow Officer
Direct fax: 956-289-3026
Mary has worked in the title insurance industry since 1992 and has been a part of the Edwards Abstract and Title Co. team since 1997. She has a real estate background and is a licensed realtor who was working in the Mid-Valley prior to joining the Edwards Abstract. Effective September, 2011, Mary will serve the Mid-Valley customer base with new office hours that are noted above. She has also added extra customer service to her portfolio as a mobile closer for the Mid-Valley area. Mary will be available to go to her customers by appointment and coordinate a closing at their place of business when requested. Mary has a long history of community and public service. She is a past member of the Weslaco Kiwanis Club and worked her way to the top as President of the Weslaco Lion’s Club during 2009-2010. In 2011, she was awarded a prestigious honor and received the Jack Wiech Fellow Award for her service to the Texas Lions Camp for disabled children. Mary has also been awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow Award from the Lions International Foundation for dedicated service to the organization. She assists in coordinating the Weslaco Realtors Committee programs and meetings when called upon. Her civic involvement includes serving as a former chair of the Greater Association of Realtors for the Mid-Valley. Mary represents Edwards Abstract and Title Co. as an active member of the Weslaco Realtors Committee; Greater McAllen Association of Realtors and the Rio Grande Valley Builders Association.