Chairman of the Board & CEO
| Marsha A. Emmett |
Ms. Emmett was appointed President of Placer Title Company in 1997, Chief Executive Officer of Placer Title in 2001 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mother Lode Holding Company in 2006. Ms. Emmett is also CEO of North Idaho Title headquartered in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho and Montana Title and Escrow, headquartered in Bozeman, Montana. Ms. Emmett is a board member for the California Land Title Association (CLTA) and recently served as the President of CLTA (term ended 4/06), a member of the California Escrow Association, Lamda Alpha, SACTO, Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Urban Land Institute and the California Business Properties Association.
| Jim Johnston |
Executive Vice President
| Darrick Blatnick |
When Darrick Blatnick joined Mother Lode Holding Company’s Executive Team, he brought with him years of experience in the title and escrow business—all of it as a member of the Placer Title Company team. Darrick started his title and escrow career at Placer Title Company in 1996 as a member of their customer service division and quickly transitioned into sales and business development. In 2004, Darrick was appointed Vice President of Placer’s Sacramento County Division and has now joined the recently expanded MLHC Executive Team as an Executive Vice President. His love for people, his competitive drive and his intuitive nature all served him well and helped him excel in each new position.
Mr. Blatnick was born and raised in the Sacramento area and currently resides in Rocklin with his wife and daughters. His interests outside of the home and office include golf and baseball. His passion for baseball has lead him to assist in coaching several local high school programs. Most recently he served as assistant coach for the Oakmont High School varsity team, which was crowned Sac-Joaquin Division II Section Champions for 2019. When asked what he believes has made him successful with Placer Title Company, he said, “I love the people I work with. I’m a good listener and I relate to the needs of my co-workers and customers and respond in any way I can to support their efforts to succeed.” MLHC is proud to have Darrick as a member of our Executive Team.
Executive Vice President
| Lisa Steele |
Ms. Steele grew up in the Sacramento Region, attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and then returned to the Sacramento region to begin her career and raise her family. She enjoys running and spending time outdoors and also serves as an advocate for ovarian cancer research and funding to find a cure through her work at the Strong As Steele Cancer Foundation.
Executive Vice President
| Randy Bradley |
Randall Bradley joined National Closing Solutions in January 2002 as Regional Sales Manager. Bradley led the divisional sales force and helped promote the NCS line of products and services to lenders and title agents nationally. In 2013, Bradley joined the Mother Lode Holding Company executive team as Executive Vice President.
His background includes more than 35 years of experience in sales and financial analysis. Prior to joining NCS, Bradley served as Chief Financial Officer for an international government contractor. He also enjoyed a 15 year career with Bank of America, culminating in a position as Vice President and District Sales Manager where he managed operations for 33 retail branches with more than 600 employees.
Bradley earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Pepperdine University, Malibu, graduating summa cum laude. He is an avid tennis player. Randy serves on the CLTA Board of Governors and is President of CLTA for the 2020-21 term.
Chief Financial Officer
| David Philipp |
David Philipp has more than 30 years of financial management experience in several industries, including technology, financial services and retail. Prior to joining Mother Lode Holding Company and Placer Title Company, he provided financial management and investment banking services to emerging technology companies and was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a supply-chain technology company from 1999 to 2001.
From 1992 to 1999, Mr. Philipp served as Executive Vice President, CFO and Secretary of a publicly held bank holding company headquartered in Central California, where he has also been a member of the Board of Directors since 1999. Mr. Philipp has also held positions as budget director and financial analyst for a national jewelry retailer and was employed by a global accounting and consulting firm.
Executive Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel
| Darrell Martin |
Mr. Martin is a native of the greater Sacramento area and graduated with distinction in 1997 from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Mr. Martin began his legal career as a Deputy District Attorney in Contra Costa County, and after leaving the District Attorney’s Office, spent the next 15 years in civil practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to joining Mother Lode, Mr. Martin was the managing partner of a private firm where he practiced for nearly a decade in real estate and title insurance litigation representing the title and escrow industry, including Mother Lode and its subsidiaries.
Mr. Martin currently serves on the Board of Governors for the California Land Title Association, as well as its Forms and Practices Committee.