Leadership Bio’s

Executive Leadership Bio’s

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John Magness

John Magness

John is a well-established leader in the title insurance and real estate industries, with over three decades of executive experience. Magness has worked, as an executive, for three of the four largest title insurers in the nation – Fidelity National Financial, Stewart Information Services and Old Republic Title. John was an Executive Vice President for FNF as well as Executive Vice President of Alamo Title Company. Prior to FNF, Magness served as Group President at Stewart Title in charge of all U.S.

Direct Title Operations. He also held the role of Chief Corporate Development Officer for Stewart. Prior to Stewart, Magness served as President of Old Republic Title where he led all revenue producing efforts for direct and agency operations, commercial operations, technical service operations, and entities in the title group. John has joined Magnolia Title, as Chairman, to oversee all growth initiatives and support all operations across the platform. He earned his BBA in marketing from the University of Houston.

Patricia Rissanen

Patricia Rissanen

Patricia has been a successful industry leader with more than twenty years of real estate experience. Coming from a corporate background with American Express, she transitioned to title sales with LandAmerica Commonwealth. Her time there was spent focused on Sales and Marketing, corporate culture and growing the fee attorney operations. In 2009 she joined Old Republic National Title Insurance Company to manage Sales for the DFW operations, and the Company realized significant market growth in the years to follow. Patricia’s leadership role evolved to include the management of escrow operations for many years. She developed a successful approach to bridge the platforms for sales, marketing and technology, and to drive sustained profitability and a collaborative culture.

Patricia was promoted to Regional Marketing Director, overseeing three states for the Company. In 2015 she served as Sales and Marketing Director of Texas for Fidelity National Title. Following the acquisition of CINC by Fidelity National Financial, Patricia worked with multiple FNF brands to launch new technology to the marketplace.

In 2018 she joined Stewart Title as the Sales Director for Texas, bringing together many industry veterans to grow the brand. She later served as the Senior Division President of North Texas for Stewart, responsible for managing all escrow operations, title production, sales, and marketing. Her business acumen and industry expertise have created a remarkable structure to capitalize on available synergies and expense management, which will allow for profitable multi-state growth across the platform.

Laurie Cooper

Laurie Cooper

President | Arkansas and Florida Operations

(941) 961-4764
laurie.cooper@magnoliatitleteam.com

President | Arkansas and Florida Operations

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Laurie is an established leader with over 25 years in the title insurance industry. Laurie has top-tier skills in business and operations management with a proven track record of escrow operations, sales and customer satisfaction. Laurie began her career as a real estate paralegal and managed direct operations for Stewart Title for over 26 years. She is highly effective at promoting positive relationships and has a proven track record of overall operations and building accomplished teams. As President of Operations for Arkansas and Florida, her experience and industry expertise will allow for expansion and collaboration across the Magnolia Title family.
Britt Naponic

Britt Naponic

General Counsel | Executive Vice President

(214) 432-3967
britt.naponic@magnoliatitleteam.com

General Counsel | Executive Vice President

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Britt is a title industry legal expert with 16+ years of experience managing claims and litigation across the United States. Her expertise is sharply focused on real estate, insurance, and corporate litigation. She has built onboarding processes and corporate cultures within the title industry at multiple major industry leaders. Her extensive experience creating internal, scalable processes serves our family of companies by streamlining back-end tasks to deliver faster results and efficient outcomes, while maintaining precise legal compliance.

Britt received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and earned both her Masters of Business Administration and Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Memphis. Britt acts as both Magnolia Title’s Executive Vice President, managing new opportunities for expansion, as well as its General Counsel.

Tom Osborne

Tom Osborne

Vice President / Closing Attorney

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Tom Osborne is an established title industry leader with over 25 years of experience in title insurance and escrow services. Tom has played an integral role in the acquisition, development, and disposition of billions of dollars in commercial real estate holdings throughout Texas and the nation involving CBD office buildings, mixed-use commercial developments, multi-site/multi-use credit facilities, charter school projects, large farms and ranches, and others. Prior to joining the title industry, Tom was an attorney at a prominent regional law firm advising a diverse array of real estate clientele.

He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law and a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin.

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