Title Experts:

Lynne Olson, Title Officer.
Lynne has over 32 years in the business as title officer and commercial closer. Prior to joining our team in 2005, Lynne began her development in the title business in 1983 and eventually became the operations manager at a title agency that specialized in commercial and new construction transactions handling every facet of the business from searches to examining to underwriting and closing. She prides herself on her quick responses to your issues.


Howard Samson, Underwriting Counsel.
Howard has 38 years of experience (27 years with Chicago Title). Having underwritten transactions in the Chicago Metro Area from the simplest refinance to major commercial development projects, Howard’s knowledge of title law and underwriting is unsurpassed. Under the auspices of Chicago Title and the Illinois State Bar Association, Howard has written numerous articles relating to real estate law and practice. Howard received his Law Degree from DePaul University, College of Law.


Escrow Experts:

Karen Burns, Escrow Officer.
Karen has amassed 25 years in the real estate industry starting in the title industry in 1992, dabbling along the way as a mortgage broker, real estate broker and paralegal. Most of her experience however relates to her exceptional closing ability (having been once nominated as closer of the year by the IMBA) with high energy, great numbers aptitude and a personable approach to customer service.


Paul Foxman, Escrow Officer.
Paul has an accounting degree from The University of Illinois and the successful completion of the CPA exam. Needless to say, he has an aptitude for numbers. Paul has a unique ability to make everyone feel comfortable and confident regarding the real estate closing. Using his 25 years of experience, he is tenacious when it comes to expediting answers and obtaining funding numbers from our lender partners.


Lisa O’Neill, Escrow Officer.
Although new to the GMT escrow team, Lisa brings 13 years of experience to the group, the first 10 being with Chicago Title Insurance.  She truly focuses on customer needs and is careful to make sure all is prepared for a smooth and comfortable closing.  Lisa brings a high level of energy to the closing table.


Erin Stachyra, Escrow Officer.
The newest member of our team, Erin joined GMT in December 2014 after serving six years as a National Events Coordinator with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Her sharp attention to detail, organizational skills and past experience with coordinating logistics allows Erin to provide a high level of customer service when coordinating and facilitating real estate closings. Erin received a Bachelor of Arts in Classics, Psychology and Theology from Valparaiso University, graduating with honors.


Chris Welch, Construction Escrow Officer.
Having been trained under the Chicago Title banner in construction escrow, Chris has a fabulous reputation in the industry with over 25 years experience, 18 of which are in Construction Escrow. She currently handles all levels of transactions from the simplest remodeling jobs to complex commercial buildings and subdivision development.


Karen Zeppos, Escrow Support.
Karen’s 20 years of experience in the real estate industry include closing, banking and real estate sales. She has been involved with Women’s Council of Realtors, Chicago Chapter, Wicker Park Chamber of Commerce and Money Smart Program, a program sponsored by the Federal Reserve. Karen uses this experience to support our title and escrow staff as well as assist and direct customer inquiries.


Sales and Management:

Sharon Sayre, Account Executive.
Sharon has been in the title insurance industry over 29 years (20 of those with Chicago Title). Besides her extensive experience with title and escrow issues, she has served in the title industry as a commercial accounts manager, a residential sales manager and a marketing director. Sharon has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and has led numerous management, sales training and public speaking programs. Professional associations include the Illinois Mortgage Bankers Association, the Chicago Real Estate Council, the Real Estate Finance Forum, Commercial Real Estate Women and the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago. With a strong commitment to customer service, Sharon has been successful in growing business partnerships through her understanding and communication of client needs.


Dave Walker, Member Manager.
Dave received his MBA from St. John’s University in Jamaica, N.Y., graduating with honors. He entered the title insurance business in 1986 with The Ticor Title Guarantee Company of New York. Having worked his way through various levels of management positions, he joined Chicago Title Insurance in Chicago in 1994 as the Lake County Manager when CT acquired Ticor. Dave, along with the other members of the team, is using his 29 years in the business to build a title agency that provides excellent customer service to the real estate community. Dave is twice a Past President of the Illinois Land Title Association.