Category: Press Releases


Florida Agency Network Completes SOC 1, Type 2 Assessment Report

November 3, 2016 — TAMPA, FL  — Florida Agency Network (FAN), the largest network of title agencies in Florida, has completed a rigorous third-party examination of its policies and procedures under the Service Organization Controls (SOC) 1 Type 2 standards, demonstrating its commitment to data security and privacy at all levels of its operations.

The demanding third-party examinations were administered by the professional IT assurance and compliance staff at 360 Advanced, a respected national Qualified Security Assessor, HITRUST CSF Assessor and Certified Public Accountant firm based in Tampa, FL.

Developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”), the Trusted Service Principles (TSP) Framework is based on criteria geared towards technology and cloud-based computing systems, and the TSP Framework is comprised of five standards by which a practitioner is required to examine and report on when analyzing the security of a candidate’s system.

Companies who complete annual SOC 1 assessments are able to demonstrate a substantially higher level of security assurance and operational visibility as compared to those companies who have not yet received their assessment. The assessment focuses on the internal controls impacting customers and the protection of their non-public personal information (NPPI).

Through its partnership with Premier Data Services, FAN is able to avail itself of a SOC 2, Type 2-assessed hosted environment with co-location backup and the most rigorous security controls in the industry. Premier Data Services is able to provide security measures as they relate to non-financial controls of an organization such as its IT network and processes, as well as protection of confidential data. As an IT/MSP, Premier Data Services specializes in compliance and security, overseeing its clients’ infrastructure and network solutions, and ensuring their software systems are not only healthy, but also optimized for performance.

“We are proud of this accomplishment and we feel our company has made a statement to our lender and real estate partners about how serious we take protecting and safeguarding our clients’ information. We value and protect NPPI as though it were money. Our goal is to become a vault for our clients,” said Aaron M. Davis, CEO of FAN.

“Having the SOC 1 Type 2 assessment completed puts us in the top one percent of agencies to reach this standard in our industry,” said Andrea Somers, Compliance Officer for FAN. She added that, “successfully completing the rigorous assessments provides FAN with a competitive advantage.  Lenders are asking more frequently for standards of protection for consumers’ NPPI.”

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ABOUT FLORIDA AGENCY NETWORK

The FLORIDA AGENCY NETWORK (FAN) is made up of a network of title agencies that have formed a strategic alliance to provide shared back office services, pooled resources, and greater geographic coverage throughout the State of Florida. Resources of FAN include multiple on-staff attorneys, access to private title plant and ancillary services, IT company, centralized processes & post-closing, agency administration, compliance management and financial oversight. Powered by multiple national underwriters, FAN offers residential, commercial, builder, lender and investor services, experienced escrow staff, personalized customer service, offices throughout the State of Florida, and much more. For more information, please visit https://www.FLagency.net.

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ABOUT 360 ADVANCED

Known for its responsiveness, experience and professionalism, 360 Advanced has clients in more than 35 states that are major service providers in various industries, including cloud and SaaS based organizations.  360 Advanced is one of only a few specialized firms in the U.S. that assist service providers as their independent IT assurance and compliance assessor in maintaining and communicating security and compliance to their clients.

360 Advanced’s services are provided, but not limited to, the following industries: Title Services, Hosted and Managed IT, Data Center and Colocation, Software as a Service (SaaS), Healthcare, Financial Services, Insurance, HR | Payroll | PEO, Legal and Collections, Bulk Mail Printing and Distribution, Background Screening, Business Process Outsourcing and Marketing.

Services provided by 360 Advanced include SOC 1 (SSAE 16), SOC 2, SOC 3, PCI DSS, HIPAA Security/HITECH, Microsoft Vendor Policy and other security and compliance services.

Contact:         Eric Ratcliffe

eratcliffe@360advanced.com

866.418.1708 ext.710

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Source: Flagency


Paramount Title, a Florida Agency Network Company, Opens New Office in Central Florida

Ocala, Fla. – Jan. 4, 2016 – Paramount Title, one of Florida’s leading independent title agencies and member of the Florida Agency Network, is expanding its statewide reach by opening a new office in Ocala. Office manager Sandie Rizzo will lead the office, located at 8444 SW 103rd Street Road. Joining Sandie will be Teri Armstrong, Linda Webb and Dawn Creager.

With current offices on Florida’s West Coast, the new office gives Paramount Title an opportunity to bring its expert service to clients in Marion County and surrounding areas.

“We are excited to be part of the expanding Paramount Title team throughout the state. Paramount Title’s resources and reputation sets the standard in the industry, and this team is ready to help clients take their business to the next level,” says Rizzo.

In 2015, Paramount Title saw tremendous growth and change within the company, as well as the title industry. As a member of the Florida Agency Network, Florida’s largest network of independent title agencies, Paramount Title has access to resources including, private title plant and ancillary services, compliance management, SSAE 16 SOC 1 & SOC 2 certifications and powerful partnerships throughout the state.

“The growth of Paramount Title within Florida has been exciting. With this additional location, we’re able to better serve our clients by providing a strategically located office in Marion County to both serve existing clients, and provide coverage for several of our growing builder accounts,” says Aaron M. Davis, CEO of the Florida Agency Network and its multiple brands, which include Paramount Title, Hillsborough Title, Trident Title, Tampa Bay Title, Cornerstone Title, Homeplus Title, Performance Title & Escrow, StrongHold Title, Progressive Title Solutions, Hometown Title Network, BPM Solutions and Premier Data Services.

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Source: Flagency


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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Florida Agency Network welcomes Uptown Title

Aaron Davis, CEO of the Florida Agency Network (FAN), announced that FAN has added Uptown Title in St. Petersburg, Fla. Uptown Title is the latest independent title agency to join FAN’s growing family of companies.

Florida’s top two in title join forces

“The Florida Agency Network has grown exponentially within the last few years, and continues to do so. Recently, the Hillsborough Title Family of Companies (Hillsborough Title, Paramount Title, Tampa Bay Title, HomePlus Title, and Cornerstone Title) on the West Coast and Title Management on the East Coast (Trident Title, Performance Title & Escrow, Progressive Title Solutions, and CU Title) joined forces to create the Florida Agency Network, Florida’s largest network of independent title agencies. We are always looking for new and innovative ways to better serve our clients, and adding the additional location and resources of Uptown Title will help FAN do just that,” Davis said.

“We are excited to join FAN and become a part of their family. Their resources, customer service and reputation are second to none, and we are proud to become a part of this amazing network,” Uptown Title Owner Adrienne Prince said.

With the Uptown Title addition, the Florida Agency Network increases its coverage to 27 locations across the state of Florida.

The Florida Agency Network is the largest network of independent title agencies in the state. They have formed a strategic alliance to better serve their clients, allowing them to provide more services throughout Florida. FAN offers 27 statewide locations, IT and network personnel on staff, in-house legal counsel, title plant, municipal lien search, permit resolution department, REO services, foreclosure auction services and much more. 

Source: Title Report

https://thetitlereport.com/TTR/Articles/Florida-Agency-Network-welcomes-Uptown-Title-62318.aspx?utm_source=vwTTRget&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TTR_Fri_Enew


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.  


Bay Cities Bank Recognizes Hillsborough Title

Bay Cities Bank recognized Hillsborough Title as its’ “featured client” for the summer 2012 quarter. In an interview, Hillsborough Title President/CEO discusses how Hillsborough Title has garnered success in the industry, for “our success was formed on being a “Hometown” title agency, and we enjoy working with others who share that same formula for success”.

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