2290 W. Pike Blvd Ste 101
Weslaco, TX 78596
956-973-9654 (Office) 956-289-3025 (Fax)
Monday – Friday – 8:30 to 5:30 p.m. (Closed for lunch)
Direct fax: 956-289-3025
Yvette started her career in the title insurance industry in 1995 as Escrow Assistant at the Edwards Abstract McAllen office. In December 2005, Yvette joined the Weslaco Team as Escrow Officer. In 2011, she made the move to Edinburg to assist in the Policy Dept. as Policy Administrator generating policies for the seven Edwards Abstract offices located in Cameron and Hidalgo Counties.
During 2015, Yvette is celebrating 20 years of title insurance industry experience and working at Edwards Abstract and Title Co. It is only fitting that she will be working in her community and the place she calls home. “I am very excited to be in Weslaco and to get back to the business of serving Edwards’ customers as an Escrow Officer,” Yvette said. “This is a new beginning, with new possibilities and I embrace the opportunities that are ahead of me.” She is a member of the Weslaco Lion’s Club and represents Edwards Abstract and Title Co. in various industry organizations such as the Greater McAllen Association of Realtors; Women’s Council of Realtors and the Rio Grande Valley Builders Association.
The event is held annually in conjunction with the city of Hidalgo’s Borderfest festivities. During the 2015 RGV Walk of Fame recognition banquet, 28 business and civic leaders were inducted and presented with a commemorative gift as a special memento. Byron Jay Lewis was nominated by the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce for his service and dedication not only to the Chamber, but the City of Edinburg and various civic and many worthwhile organizations. Lewis served as President of the Edinburg Chamber during 1994-95 and he was instrumental in leading the purchase and renovation of the historic Southern Pacific Train Depot. The Depot is now home to the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce and the Edinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Byron is the perfect example of a leader of the organization who has continued his commitment to the Chamber and his community, long after his service to the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce,” said Letty Gonzalez, President of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. After over twenty years of having served on the Executive Board of Directors, he remains an active investor and supporter of the Edinburg Chamber as well as the Museum of South Texas History and Boys & Girls Club of Edinburg.
Byron Jay Lewis is the owner of Edwards Abstract and Title Co. The title insurance company operates seven, full service offices in Cameron and Hidalgo Counties. During 2015, the company is commemorating the 135th anniversary of serving the South Texas region. “I am honored to have been nominated as a citizen leader by the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. Serving the Rio Grande Valley is various capacities has allowed me to form solid business and personal relationships,” said Byron Jay Lewis.
Hidalgo Mayor Martin Cepeda welcomed guests and made the special presentations on behalf of the City of Hidalgo joined by Eduardo G. Vela, Chairman of the Board of the Hidalgo Chamber of Commerce.
Cutline for Photo (City Council): The Hidalgo City Council and Chamber of Commerce present a commemorative paving stone to Byron Jay Lewis, who was inducted in the RGV Walk of Fame. Pictured are Council Member Place 1, Gustavo “Gus” Sanchez, Mayor Martin Cepeda, Walk of Fame Inductee Byron Jay Lewis, (Edwards Abstract and Title Co.), Chairman of the Board Hidalgo Chamber of Commerce Eduardo “Eddie” Vela, and Council Member Place 3, Rodolfo “Rudy” Franz.
Cutline for Group Pic at Table:
Bryon Jay Lewis is joined by his wife Keely Lewis, his sister Dianne Hopkins and her husband John Hopkins, Lydia Greter and Barry Coats. Standing: Letty Gonzalez, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce President and Elva Jackson Garza, Edwards Abstract and Title Co. and 2008 Inductee.
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 email@example.com 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.