The Board of Directors are your leaders for the Arizona State Escrow Association.
As your ASEA President, Tiffannie Hobgood leads the Board and Leadership Team
Tiffannie Hobgood, CSEO
“One of the most gratifying aspects of my job, says Tiffannie, is the opportunity I have to mentor and develop young talent in the escrow industry. Educating the next generation of escrow professionals is of paramount importance to me. She is also a true believer in continuing education for yourself as well, having recently achieved her professional designation as a Certified Senior Escrow Officer.
Tiffannie’s dedication to excellence in the settlement industry shows in her active involvement in the State and National Associations. At the state level, Tiffannie currently serves as the First Vice President and Technology Chair for the Arizona State Escrow Association. She’s also served as the State Director to the national association, the American Escrow Association (AEA). She has served for four years at the national level and currently the First Vice President for AEA.
Tiffannie radiates spirit and optimism. Combined with her escrow experience, her focus on customer service, and her passion for sharing her expertise, Tiffannie skillfully demonstrates a profound commitment to the culture and standards of our industry.
Jill Jackson, CEO
FIRST VICE PRESIDENT
Jill is a seasoned professional in the business of escrow and title since 1980. Managing different departments for title companies in both Maricopa and Mohave Counties. She also handles transactions in Clark County, NV and San Bernardino County, CA. She managed a large account servicing department in Maricopa County for 7 years, worked Trustee Sales, Builder Services, and Sales and Marketing. She is a proud member of the Arizona State Escrow Association and has the designation of a Certified Escrow Officer as well as Certified Distressed Property Expert. Jill has been the Branch Manager for Fidelity National Title Insurance Company and Chicago Title Insurance Company in Bullhead City since 1999.
She has 2 children and 4 grandchildren and loves to spend time with them and taking them on their annual summer and holiday vacations
She loves the education factor that the AEA and ASEA provides along with the friendships that are made through the many classes and functions. She has been a Director for the ASEA and assisted with many of the other committees.
SECOND VICE PRESIDENT
Danielle Foley was introduced to the world of title and escrow back in 1998. Being unsure of what she wanted to do after high school, she signed up with a temp agency to get a little taste of various opportunities. Her first assignment was at a title company in Fountain Hills and, well, the rest was history.
Danielle is currently an Escrow Advisor for First American Title, Arizona Direct Operation. She provides guidance and advisory support for all things escrow as well as monitors for compliance with federal, state and company policies, regulations, and practices.
Danielle is very passionate about what she does and loves the fact that there is something new to learn every day in this industry. She finds great enjoyment in being able to share her escrow knowledge and helping to develop and strengthen the future escrow practitioners. This is a primary reason she has been a member of the ASEA 15 years and has been a member of the Education Committee for over 8 years, of which 1 year serving as Chair and 3 years serving as Co-Chair.
She has been married to her husband, Eric, for over 20 years and together have a teenage daughter, Bella, who is beautiful, smart, and kind. When not working or volunteering with the ASEA, she enjoys taking road trips, getting outside to nature, and spending every possible minute available with her family.
Amy began her career in the Escrow industry in 1994. During this time, she has grown from a Receptionist, to an Escrow Officer, to a Branch Manager and now currently serves as an Escrow Administrator/ Area Manager for Pioneer Title Agency. Over the years, Amy has handled a variety of escrow transactions including vacant land, mobile home/land, HUD transactions, residential, refinances and Builder transactions. For the past 13 years, she has held a position in management. She believes in bringing out the best in everyone and enjoys helping people grow professionally.
Amy has been a member of ASEA for several years and looks forward to being more involved with the Association. When she is not working, you can find her hanging out at the hockey rink with her kids or spending time with family and friends.
Heather LeBlanc, CAEO
My introduction into the Arizona State Escrow Association began in the summer of 2009, when a young lady asked me to raise my hand and become a Director for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. That was just the beginning…
Since then, I have been actively involved in many committees, including chairing the Membership, Ways and Means and Conference committees many times over. I have also held several officer positions on the Executive Board including Vice President (twice), AEA Director, and President in 2018-2019 – back then, I was Heather Wyant.
The passion and dedication that I hold for this Association is something that cannot be duplicated or passed along to others. For each of you has to feel the fire and experience this Association, with all its many facets, to become captivated and an inspiration to others to join and be a part of something bigger!!
I promise to uphold the vision and core values of the Arizona State Escrow Association. To safeguard our funds, to be conscientious of our spending, to help guide and mentor others who want to play a more active role and most especially to be diligent in our accountability to you, our members!
Christin began her career as an Escrow Receptionist in 2003 and has continued to serve the community taking on various roles in the title insurance, escrow settlement, and technology space. Christin has a proven track record of driving business growth and implementing processes to increase efficiencies and profitability. She is passionate about education and training and thrives on streamlining processes for the escrow practitioner, so that they can provide a stellar customer experience. Christin earned a Certified Senior Escrow Officer Professional Designation with the Arizona State Escrow Association and is often found teaching classes or giving presentations on the purchase contract, business development strategies or playing her favorite game – Stump the Title Girl. Christin is a Past-President of the Arizona State Escrow Association, she is currently serving as the Arizona State Director to the American Escrow Association and is the President of Arizona Premier Title, a boutique title agency in the great state of Arizona. Christin is newly engaged to the man of her dreams, a mother of two teenage boys and two rescue pups, and can often be found riding her Harley when she has some free time.
Kristin Guadagno, CSEO, CEI
Kristin Guadagno is Sr. Escrow Officer and VP Escrow Operations Manager for Thomas Title & Escrow in Phoenix, Arizona. She began her title and escrow career in 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Kristin has a wealth of experience in the title and escrow industry, having held positions in human resources, escrow administration, and branch management throughout the last 24 years. She is a passionate and dedicated advocate of the escrow practitioner. She takes great pride in efficiently and proactively facilitating a wide range of transactions including high liability commercial, builder, investor and assemblage. Her robust background and industry knowledge combined with her ability to effectively manage a high volume have attributed to her success.
Kristin holds both the Certified Senior Escrow Officer and Certified Escrow Instructor designations from the Arizona State Escrow Association. She graduated, with honors, with a degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. She is a native Arizonan who has lived in the Phoenix Metropolitan area for 17 years.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Bruce joined Great American Title Agency in Phoenix, AZ as Chief Executive Officer in 2004. Prior to joining Great American Bruce worked for several different national lenders and banks around the country.
Bruce has been a member of the ASEA since 2006 and has developed a first hand appreciation for the many educational and networking opportunities the ASEA offers to escrow and title personnel as well as to REALTORS® and lenders. Bruce’s involvement in escrow was enhanced in knowing such Arizona escrow icons as Pat Baldwin and Karen Sue Chance who graciously shared their abundant knowledge and wisdom. The role that settlement agents’ play in the American Dream of home ownership is vital but under appreciated.
The ASEA’s commitment to developing a successful, ethical and compliant escrow industry in which the general public can have confidence can only be accomplished if the industry professionals have the proper tools and education to properly conduct their business.
ASEA’s commitment to providing comprehensive training to the industry reminds Bruce of an old educational quotation by Anatole France. “An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t.”
One of the ASEA’s many achievements has been that it has helped so many to appreciate the difference.