Executive Team

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    Steven Palmer

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    Steven Palmer

    Chief Executive Officer

    203.724.1130

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    Steven Palmer

    Chief Executive Officer

    203.724.1130

    Steven was named executive Chairman of Entitle Direct Group, Inc. in June of 2014, and became CEO in January 2015. He had served as an active member on our board of directors from October 2012 to February 2015. Steven has spent the past seven years of his career working for a US based subsidiary of PartnerRe Ltd, most recently as the head of that company’s private equity group. Steven has over 12 years of private equity investment experience, most of which involving companies in the financial services sector, including many in the mortgage industry. Prior to attending business school, Steven was an investment banker with UBS Warburg and RBC Dominion Securities. Steven has an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University. He also serves on the board of directors of MountainView Capital Holdings, a capital markets company with significant expertise in the residential mortgage industry, and JCR Capital Investment Corporation, a commercial real estate asset management company.

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    Lee Baskey

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    Lee Baskey

    President

    216.236.7800

    Lee Baskey is the President of Entitle Insurance Company located at our insurance company offices in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Baskey is responsible for all title and settlement operations where he tightly manages insurance company operations including underwriting, claims and regulatory filings. He is also responsible for our title and closing operations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as our escrow operations in Corona, California. Mr. Baskey brings more than 25 years of experience in title operations to EnTitle Insurance Company. Most recently, Lee was President of LenderLive Settlement Services, a national title agency. Previously, he was Senior Vice President and the Group Manager of the National Residential Operations at Old Republic National Title Insurance Company. Additionally, Lee has held a number of executive positions managing title and vendor management operations. Lee is the past President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Title Appraisal Vendor Management Association and is a licensed title insurance producer in twenty states. Lee received his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Hiram College.

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    Maryse Jean-Pierre

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    Maryse Jean-Pierre

    Controller

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    Maryse Jean-Pierre

    Controller

    203.724.1131

    Maryse Jean-Pierre is responsible for all finance, accounting and regulatory compliance areas at Entitle Direct Group, Inc. She brings a wealth of experience to Entitle Direct, most recently as Project Director at Pepsi Beverage Company where she acted in an advisory capacity to the Finance department working on such items as risk control and change management. Prior to that, she was Associate Director at UBS, AG tasked with restructuring, formalizing and benchmarking operations by developing SOPs, policies and maintaining SOX compliance controls and procedures. She obtained public auditing experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City. As Senior Financial Auditor, she successfully spearheaded all aspects of financial auditing, GAAP reporting and SOX 404 compliance. Maryse graduated Cum Laude from Fairfield University with a BS in Accounting and received her MBA in Finance from the University of Connecticut. She is a licensed CPA in the state of New York and is Six Sigma Greenbelt certified. In 2012, Maryse received the prestigious UBS Global Finance CFO award for extraordinary commitment and leadership.

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    Stefan Schmitz

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    Stefan Schmitz

    Chief Administrative Officer

    203.210.2610

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    Stefan Schmitz

    Chief Administrative Officer

    203.210.2610

    Stefan Schmitz is the Chief Administrative Officer at Entitle Direct Group, Inc. His focuses are human resources, infrastructure, and strategic initiatives. Most recently, Stefan was a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager in PartnerRe’s alternative investments group. Prior to Partner Re, Stefan worked for more than 10 years as a sell-side investment banker at Lehman Brothers, JPMorgan, and UBS AG, where he focused on non-traditional securitizations and other capital market transactions. Stefan earned a JD/MBA from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Central Florida.

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    Bill Shaughnessy

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    Bill Shaughnessy

    Director of Marketing

    203.724.1142

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    Bill Shaughnessy

    Director of Marketing

    203.724.1142

    Bill Shaughnessy is the Director of Marketing at Entitle Direct Group, Inc. and works out of the corporate office in Norwalk, CT. Mr. Shaughnessy is responsible for developing and implementing both national and local level marketing strategies. He has worked at the forefront of digital marketing for most of his career. Prior to Entitle Direct Group Inc., Bill has held various marketing responsibilities at Aetna Insurance, EDGAR Online, Thomson/Reuters and Sony Music Entertainment. Bill has been a subject matter expert speaker at a number of events including Silverpop’s national and regional user group conferences speaking on the topics of lead generation and lead nurturing/scoring programs. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Rhode Island and his Masters of Business Administration from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in New York City.

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Board of Directors

  • Marvin Pestcoe

    Mr. Pestcoe is a retired insurance executive with more than 30 years experience in property and casualty insurance, reinsurance, and investments. Most recently Marvin Pestcoe was a member of PartnerRe's Group Executive Committee with responsibility for the Capital Markets Group and PartnerRe's Life & Health businesses. Prior to joining PartnerRe, Mr. Pestcoe was employed by Swiss Re New Markets as Chief Actuarial Officer. Mr. Pestcoe is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

  • Thomas L. Forsyth

    Thomas Forsyth is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Partner Reinsurance Company of the U.S. Prior to joining PartnerRe, he had been General Counsel and Secretary of OneBeacon Insurance Group and, previous to that, General Counsel of Swiss Reinsurance America Corporation and Chief General Counsel of the Americas Division of Swiss Re’s Property and Casualty Business Group. Mr. Forsyth was a member of the Law Department of the Travelers Insurance Companies before joining Swiss Re. He is a former Chair of ARIAS-US and the Law Committee of the Reinsurance Association of America.

  • Lee Iannarone

    Mr. Iannarone is the General Counsel and CCO of PartnerRe’s Investments Group. Lee has over 15 years of legal experience advising on corporate matters such as private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, distressed debt investing, SEC compliance and fund structuring. Prior to joining PartnerRe in 2011, Lee was Associate General Counsel and CCO at Sandell Asset Management Corp., a multi-strategy hedge fund based in NY. Prior to Sandell, Lee was counsel at O’Melveny and Myers in their NY and London offices primarily representing private equity funds. Prior to law school, Lee worked at PriceWaterhouse as an auditor and LCC International as a budget analyst. Lee received his BA in Accounting and Finance from Gettysburg College and his JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

  • Nicholas Celli

    Mr. Celli is an Associate in PartnerRe’s Strategic Ventures Group, which pursues investment and partnership opportunities in insurance-related businesses. Prior to joining PartnerRe, Mr. Celli was a restructuring/corporate finance consultant at FTI Consulting in New York where he provided financial advisory services to companies, and creditors of companies, in financial distress across various industries. Mr. Celli holds a BS in Accounting and Finance from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and is a holder of the right to use the Charted Financial Analyst® designation.

  • Paul Friedman

    Mr. Friedman was from November 2009 to March 31, 2015 a Senior Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Guggenheim Securities, LLC. Mr. Friedman also served as a member of Guggenheim’s Management Committee. Prior to joining Guggenheim, Mr. Friedman was from June 2008 until October 2009 a Managing Director of Mariner Investment Group. Prior to Mariner Mr. Friedman worked at Bear Stearns and Co., Inc. from 1981 to 2008, last serving as Chief Operating Officer of the Fixed Income Division. He started his career as an accountant at Coopers and Lybrand. Mr. Friedman has an undergraduate degree from Colgate University and an MS (Finance) from the NYU Stern School of Business.