In honor of Women’s History Month, PTC presents stories of women leading in title

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 11:34am

Placer Title Company loves our employees, and more importantly, we hope you love working with them every single day. We couldn’t proclaim ourselves as the experts you need or the partners you can trust if we didn’t believe so strongly in our entire team!

That commitment starts from the top with our CEO Marsha Emmett and Lisa Steele, our executive vice president of Mother Lode Holding Company. They are both energetic, driven and knowledgeable when it comes to real estate and how to run a great company in the modern world. Marsha started with Placer Title in 1975 and became the chair and CEO of MLHC in 2006. Lisa has more than 25 years of experience in the title industry and has been part of the Placer Title/ MLHC family since 2006.

They are also respected throughout the industry as innovative leaders who are committed to the betterment of our profession through their work with the California Land Title Association and the American Land Title Association. In fact, Lisa got a shout out from current ALTA board president Cynthia Blair during Blair’s presidential introduction speech.

Why are we writing all of this? It’s not just because Marsha and Lisa are big deals – they are. No, it’s because March is Women History Month, and we want to recognize them and every other woman who has made Placer Title work so well throughout our history -- starting with Eileen French, the beloved wife of our founder, Leo.

We also wanted to share some history relating to women in our industry, compliments of ALTA. Women have played a large role in the land title space since the 1920s. Because of that early influence, the national association dropped “Title Men” from its name to become the American Title Association in 1923.

This month’s ALTA piece told the story of Jessie Chapman. Chapman was an active title professional from Cleveland, Ohio, who became not only a vice president of her company but also the president of the Ohio state association. She was fixture at industry events and a presenter at the national convention. Women at such events was normal for the title industry even then, and Chapman had one of the highest profiles.

Real estate has always been full of strong, determined women. The example of strong female leadership shown by Jessie Chapman and others like her helped contribute to the large numbers of women leaders we have in the industry today, including those leading our own great company.

Marsha, Lisa and the rest of the Placer Title Company team look forward to continuing our work as the partner you can trust now and into the future.