Category: Press Releases


Florida Agency Network Announces Mike LaRosa As Chief Operating Officer

TAMPA, FLA. – April 6, 2015 – Florida Agency Network, Florida’s largest network of independent title agencies, is proud to introduce Mike LaRosa, Esq., as the new Chief Operating Officer for the company.

“There have certainly been some milestones in our company and network that have been game changing. Having the caliber of person and operator like Mike LaRosa join us was never something we could have imagined years ago. Mike brings 16 years  of industry experience and the operational expertise of running one of the largest title insurance underwriters to the Florida Agency Network. We are thrilled to have Mike join our growing family,” says Aaron M. Davis, CEO of the Florida Agency Network and its multiple brands, which include Hillsborough Title, Trident Title, Paramount Title, Tampa Bay Title, Cornerstone Title, HomePlus Title, Uptown Title, Bella Title, Performance Title & Escrow, and Progressive Title Solutions.

LaRosa graduated from the University of Florida with both his Bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor degree in 1998. In 1999, LaRosa began his title insurance career with First American Title as Associate Counsel at the company’s divisional headquarters in Tallahassee. By 2000 he moved to Tampa to work with the Partnership Division, where he was promoted to Vice President and Counsel. He spent six years in the Partnership Division establishing affiliated business arrangement title agencies with mortgage, builder/developer, and real estate professionals throughout the Southeast.

In 2007 LaRosa was named Tampa Bay Agency Manager, and his territory was eventually expanded to include the entire southwest region of Florida. Ultimately he was promoted to Florida State Agency Manager where he has spent the past three and a half years. Throughout his career within First American he had the opportunity to speak at various industry functions, and he enjoyed the privilege of being selected to participate in the company’s specialized leadership training program geared at developing its internal leaders.

The Florida Agency Network is excited to have LaRosa onboard to help grow its statewide footprint while maintaining a strong, customer-service brand commitment to the community.

 

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Hillsborough Title, Florida Agency Network strike deal for Bella Title

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 2:13pm EST

Margie Manning | Tampa Bay Business Journal

 

Florida Agency Network has acquired Bella Title, a Land O’ Lakes-based real estate title company.

 

Financial terms were not disclosed. Mica Butterwood, owner and operator of Bella Title, will serve as Florida Agency Network’s relationship manager for northern Hillsborough County, a statement said.

Florida Agency Network is an umbrella organization of title companies that have been consolidated amid industry changes. Launched by Aaron Davis, president and CEO, and with its roots in Hillsborough Title in Plant City, Florida Agency Network has grown to be the largest title organization in Florida, Davis said.

“Just five years ago, we had one office and five employees,” Davis said. “Today we have 27 offices and more than 200 staffers.”

The Dodd-Frank financial reform measure is driving consolidation, Davis said. Title companies are now considered part of the financial services sector, and face increasing costs of regulatory compliance, including higher E&O [errors and omissions] insurance, banking-type audits and cybersecurity mandates.

“A lot of agencies are going out of business, selling or being rolled into a larger agency like mine,” Davis said.

In addition to Hillsborough Title and Bella Title, other agencies in the network are: Tampa Bay Title, Paramount Title, Homeplus Title, Cornerstone Title, Uptown Title, Trident Title, Progressive Title Solutions, Performance Title & Escrow and CU Title.

 

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Thanks to club, all patrol officers have life-saving device

By Dave Nicholson | Tribune Staff 

Published: February 19, 2015

Former Plant City Rotary Club president, Aaron M. Davis, presents the last of the AED units donated to the Plant City Police Department
Aaron M. Davis, former Plant City Rotary Club President and current president of the Florida Agency Network, presents the last of the AED units promised to the Plant City Police Department

PLANT CITY – About 18 months ago, the Rotary Club promised to raise enough money to equip each Plant City police officer with a portable device that can restore the heart’s rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest.

Last week, the Rotary Club of Plant City made good on its pledge, delivering the last 20 automated external defibrillators for the police department’s fleet. In all the Rotary donated 47 of the units, valued at a total of $50,000.

Police Chief Ed Duncan said his officers often arrive at medical emergencies before paramedics so it was a good idea to equip them with the defibrillators.

“One of the most frustrating things for an officer is to get to the scene and not have what is needed to help,” Duncan said.

 Duncan said the department has used the defibrillators in at least four instances since the Rotary delivered the first units in 2013.

Rotary Club President Brian Griffin and former club president Aaron M. Davis presented the last of the defibrillators to the police at the Rotary’s Feb. 16 meeting. Davis was president when the Rotary started its drive to purchase the defibrillators.

Among other fundraisers, the club used the proceeds from its popular annual Dancing with the Locals to raise money for the devices. The club originally thought it would need to raise $100,000 but the units cost less than originally expected, club public relations representative Jim Scott said.

The department has enough of the devices so every patrol officer and supervisor has one in his or her police vehicle, Duncan said.

 

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Bella Title latest member of Florida Agency Network

January 26, 2015

www.thetitlereport.com

Volume 16, No. 6

Bella Title is the first acquisition by the Florida Agency Network (FAN) of 2015, as part of its statewide expansion. The network has a staff of more than 200, 3 real estate attorneys on staff and 27 locations throughout central Florida. Last fall, two of the top title insurance companies in Florida, the Hillsborough Title (HT) family of companies and Trident Title, joined forces to create the Florida Agency Network. With the coming changes in the industry Hillsborough Title CEO and President Aaron Davis said he saw a need to become a statewide player.

Bella Title is the 11th member to join the network, among the ranks of: Hillsborough Title, Tampa Bay Title, Paramount Title, Homeplus Title, Cornerstone Title, Uptown Title, Trident Title, Progressive Title Solutions, Performance Title & Escrow and CU Title. HT also recently opened a new REO division. FAN welcomed Mica Butterwood to the team with the Bella Title acquisition. Butterwood will serve as relationship manager of the northern Hillsborough County territory. Butterwood is the owner and operator of Bella Title. 

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Title CEO Aaron Davis' Crystal Ball: What he knows could save your agency!

Podcast with Aaron Davis, CEO of Florida Agency Network

Is there such a thing as “self-certification?” 

I chat one-on-one with Aaron Davis, fast-moving CEO who grew Hillborough Title into the FloridaAgency Network–the state’s 4th largest privately owned agency. On tap is the ongoing conversation about certification–will ALTA Best Practices be enough? Can agents afford to pursue SOC II certification? Can they afford not to? Aaron also shares his thoughts on protecting NPI, “self-certification” and the future success of the small agent.

 

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Hillsborough Title/Tampa Bay Title Supports Pink

 

Hillsborough Title/Tampa Bay Title recognizes October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 1 in every 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their life; for us at HT/TBT, this statistic sits way too close to home. Among us, we have 2 breast cancer survivors (1 being a two-time survivor). We recently surprised our employees with these pink shirts. They represent all that is important in life- our core company values:

1.            Faith

2.            Family

3.            Friends

4.            TITles

This Saturday (Oct. 20) marks the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. Hillsborough Title/Tampa Bay Title will be there walking alongside our Tampa Ta-Ta’s team leader, Marie Combs. There’s still time to register to walk, or to donate to the cause. All funds raised up to the limit of $2,500.00 will be matched by HT/TBT. Because at Hillsborough Title/Tampa Bay Title, “We do good deeds”.

Click here to register or to donate


Hillsborough Title Dedicates Month of June to Helping Local Charities

Hillsborough Title’s Marie Combs and Jane Koy present a check to the Realtor Care Foundation.

Hillsborough Title dedicated the month of June to helping out local charities. Hillsborough Title ran a “like us for charity” contest on Facebook, and held a charity car wash. The Plant City location hosted the charity car wash which benefitted the United Food Bank of Plant City. Food and monetary donations collected totaled more than $1,200. Hillsborough Title, company-wide, ran a contest on Facebook that generated a donation of $1,000 for GTAR’s Realtor Care Foundation and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

“I am incredibly proud of the hard-work my team contributed to such great causes,” stated Aaron M. Davis, President/CEO of Hillsborough Title. “The United Food Bank of Plant City is hit hardest in the summer months because donations level out, so it’s astonishing to see the amount of generosity that is carried throughout the community.

The charity car wash was held June 9th where food and monetary donations were welcomed. The Plant City Hillsborough Title team delivered a total of 1,244 pounds of collected food items, and presented the Food Bank with a check for $340.

Hillsborough Title’s Facebook contest helped to raise funds for the Realtor Care Foundation and Relay for Life. The contest concluded with 781 page “likes”. The company generously rounded up the final number and donated a total of $1,000 to the selected charities.

“I was so pleased to see the Realtor Care Foundation as the charity selected to receive the donation in honor of our contest because they have so many wonderful programs in place to better the real estate market and the community as a whole,” explained Davis when asked about his charitable contribution.    

The REALTORS® Care is a charitable foundation that was formed to create and provide educational and housing programs and services. Tampa Bay’s REALTORS® are continually making a difference in the neighborhoods in which they live, work and serve. REALTORS® throughout the Tampa Bay Area have a long standing tradition of community involvement and regularly volunteer their time and efforts to numerous charities and worthy causes. From fundraising to volunteering, Tampa REALTORS® remain active in their communities and diligent in their goal to give back. So the formation of the REALTORS® Care Foundation of GTAR was an easy and natural extension of what it means to be a REALTOR® in Hillsborough County.