Meet The Team

James “Jim” Mitchell III

President
 
 

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Founder/President of Metropolitan Title LLC, Metropolitan Escrow & Title LLC earned a Juris Doctor from The American University, Washington College of Law in 1983. Jim was licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1983 and in the State of Maryland in 1984. The Texas operations; commenced in 2005.

Since 1983 Mr. Mitchell has personally conducted several thousand real estate settlements, both residential and commercial, and has represented clients in various real estate related matters including short sale negotiations and contract drafting and negotiations. Mr. Mitchell has testified numerous times in court cases;l as an expert witness on real estate title and contract questions. A former member of the faculty of the Northern Virginia Community College Paralegal Program, and a 2001 graduate of Leadership Fairfax, Inc.,

Mr. Mitchell is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Virginia State Bar, the Maryland Bar Association, the Fairfax County Bar Association, the American Land Title Association, Virginia Land Title Association, and various community and civic organizations. Jim’s leadership and vision has created a National Closing Platform, thus allowing Metropolitan Title to manage and close real estate transactions in all 50 States.


Sonia R. Downard

Vice President/General Counsel
 
 

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Virginia/DC Metro

Sonia comes to Metropolitan Title with almost 10 years of experience in the real estate industry. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance degree from American University in 1999, and graduated from the George Mason University School of Law in 2002. After serving as an Assistant Public Defender for several years, Sonia was excited to return to real estate. She has conducted thousands of real estate settlements and represented clients in all aspects of the real estate industry, including short sale transactions, contract negotiations and disputes, and landlord-tenant disputes. Sonia is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® Brincefield Attorney Roundtable, and Virginia Association of Realtors® Attorney Roundtable. When not at the office, Sonia enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael.


Stephanie Purvis

Director Business Development
 
 

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Virginia/DC Metro

Stephane Purvis Director of Business Development Stephanie comes to Metropolitan Title LLC after 5 years experience as an Account Executive in the Title Industry . She is also very experienced in Purchase and Refinance Real Estate closings. Stephanie also previously helped her husband, John with his Real Estate Business. He is a 3rd generation REALTOR in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. She studied business at Texas A & M University & Marymount University after graduating from WT Woodson High School in Fairfax, Virginia. Stephanie & John are very active volunteering in the Centreville Virginia community. They have four children & reside in Clifton, Virginia.


Carolina Mateos

Marketing & Settlement Agent
 
 

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Virginia/DC Metro

Carolina is Metropolitan Title’s resident short sale negotiator and Spanish-speaking settlement agent for Maryland and Virginia transactions. Carolina works out of Metropolitan Title’s Fairfax location.


Kiernan Penna

Closing Manager
 
 

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Kiernan joined the company in the summer of 1988 working part time as a legal assistant while attending George Mason University. Having worked for an estate lawyer in Alexandria , VA for a short stint, she was eager to dive into something more fast paced. After graduating, she accepted a full time position as a transaction settlement coordinator and has been assisting Jim Mitchell in all aspects of real estate transaction processes. As the Closing Manager of Metropolitan Title Kiernan; coordinates all purchase transactions and commercial closings; which originate in Virginia and The DC Metro area. This is in addition to overseeing the day to day operations of the closing department. When not preparing for her next closing, you will find her grooming the dressage arena for her next ride or performing chores on the farm she shares with her life mate Richard, their 3 horses and dogs.


Jennifer (Jenny) Seymour

Settlement Processor
 
 

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Virginia/DC Metro

Jenny has over 10 years of experience in the title industry. Throughout her career, Jenny has done it all, from pre-processing all the way through to post-closing. Jenny performs in many capacities, including preparing title documents, scheduling closings, preparing settlement statements and closing disclosures, prepping closing packages, and handling final title policies..


Noelia Figueroa

VP Pennsylvania Operations
 
 

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Pennsylvania/FloridaVirginia/DC Metro

Noelia Moreno Figueroa National / VP Pennsylvania Operations Noelia joined Metropolitan Title in February of 1999, just a few months after graduating from Law School. Her primary function as VP Pennsylvania Operations is to manage and grow new client relationships in our Pennsylvania office. She is currently a licensed Settlement Agent in 12 states and conducts closings in both English and Spanish. Noelia also manages the company Post-Closing/Funding Department, facilitates company audits and oversees the national accounts reconciliations and online banking systems. Noelia’s years with Metropolitan have always been steeped in going the extra mile on behalf of clients and customers alike.


Charles Fincher

Regional Manager/Of Counsel
 
 

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Virginia/DC Metro

Charles, along with Paul and Kerry, operate and manage our western offices, including Leesburg, Middleburg and Winchester.   Charles is an attorney with more than 26 years of experience in real estate matters (including commercial, residential and title).  Beyond transactions, he handles land use/zoning, landlord/tenant, creditor/debtor, business sales and formation, neighbor law, conservation and related easements, fraud litigation and chancery practice.  Charles is Virginia Real Estate Board approved instructor on many topics, a member of Dulles Area Association of Realtors, Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, Prince William Association of Realtors and Greater Piedmont Association of Realtors.  He has served on the Board of Dulles Area Association of Realtors and been a member of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors Standard Forms Committee.

Typical clients include local and regional developers and homebuilders, commercial developers, churches, farming and equine operations.  To date, Charles has managed and closed well over 15,000 transactions and is widely known and respected in the industry for his dedication, sound counsel and his ability to devise cost-effective, think-outside-the-box solutions to complex issues.

Charles and his family reside in Loudoun County where he has served as a member and chair of the Leesburg Economic Development Commission, Leadership Loudoun (’93), Leesburg Daybreak Rotary Club, Western Loudoun Interact,  Monroe Vocational and Technical Education Foundation, Bluemont Concert Foundation, Purcellville Pack 39 leader, Purcellville Troop 163 leader, Woodgrove Indoor Track and Field along with serving on a variety of community and charitable groups.

 


Paul Pelish

Settlement Officer
 
 

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Paul received a dual major Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and History from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia in 1989, and received his Juris Doctor from the George Mason University School of Law (now the Antonin Scalia Law School) in 1997 where Paul served as the President of the Student Bar Association.   Paul owned and operated Historic Title, LLC in Leesburg, Virginia for 14 years before joining the Metropolitan Title, LLC team.  Paul has personally conducted over 10,000 residential and commercial real estate settlements since graduating from law school.  Paul is a member of the Dulles Area Association of Realtors and the Blue Ridge Association of Realtors in Winchester, Virginia.  Paul resides in Clarke County, Virginia with his daughter and their two German Shepherds.


Kerry Self

Regional Operations Manager
 
 

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Virginia/DC Metro

Kerry manages the daily operations for the Leesburg, Middleburg and Winchester offices.   Kerry has decades of expertise in the real estate industry having owned her own title company after successfully growing and managing two others.  Kerry is widely sought after and respected in the industry for her organization, attention to detail, personal approach and overall knowledge of real estate.  She is known for “doing it the right way.” 

Kerry and her family reside in Loudoun County.  She is very active in church and school activities and has won numerous awards as a powerlifter for her RawDogs team.

 


Debra Goodwin

Settlement Processor
 
 

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Kristina Williams

Settlement Processor
 
 

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John Williamson

Operations Manager

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Texas


E’Delano “E.L.” Craine

Director of Business Development – Texas
 
 

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Texas

The philosophy of E.L. Craine is to provide real value, services and support. Relationships with E.L. are always fueled by marketing and new business development with transaction and co-marketing partners. Graduate of University of Southern California (he states with great pride, “the university of spoiled children) Speaker, Marketing Concepts Certified Instructor and Corporate Trainer, Host of Real Estate U show on Houston, Texas KPRC 950AM & I-Heart Radio Nationwide Sundays at 10am CST E. L. is very active in developing relationships with and on behalf of his clients, and marketing alliance partners. 2015 Auxiliary Board Member Greater Houston Builders Association(GHBA) Sales & Marketing Council Former Host of the weekly syndicated radio show “Real Estate U and Finance” with Professor C on CNN Radio.
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Not a Customer, “A PARTNER”.


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Stephanie Clark

Senior Escrow Officer
 
 

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Texas


Stephanie Clark brings over 15 years of title and escrow experience to her position of Branch Manager/Escrow Officer with Metropolitan Escrow & Title, LLC. She began her career in 1998 as a receptionist at a reputable title company and worked her way up from there. Learning the ins and outs of title and escrow she went from an Escrow Assistant to Escrow Officer within the 1st year of her career. Her professionalism and expertise paved the way to her promotion of Branch Manager in October 2010. Her experience allows her to service all facets of the industry, including builder, residential resale, lender, new home and commercial transactions. Being aware of how stressful any transaction can be to a customer, she strives to meet and exceed all of her client’s expectations with unparalleled customer service and a calm & reassuring approach. As leader of Metropolitan Escrow & Title, LLC-Town & Country, she accompanies a team of professionals with years of experience that are equipped and ready to handle all aspects of the closing transaction throughout the entire state of Texas. Away from the office, Stephanie enjoys spending quality time with her family. She’s a native Houstonian but enjoys vacationing with her husband in California. Email Stephanie


Tiffany Thomas-Woods

Escrow Officer
 
 

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Texas

Tiffany has been in the title industry for 13 years, and has been with Metropolitan Escrow and Title since February 2014. She is a second generation in the title business. Her mother was an Escrow Officer in Michigan and was the Policy Department Manager at Chicago Title and that’s where Tiffany began her career in the title industry as a policy typist and later promoted to a Sr. Policy Operator. Since that time, Tiffany has played almost every role within a title company, from receptionist, to post- and pre-closing department, an escrow assistant to being a Closer. She enjoys every aspect of the closing process, and she says that her passion is from the excitement she sees on the faces of every buyer and seller as they embark on the new journeys in their lives. Her strong work ethic and high level of commitment to her customers has earned Tiffany numerous customer referrals and recommendations. Her extensive and diverse experiences have given her the confidence and ability to handle any situation that comes her way, and still deliver a positive customer experience. After hours Tiffany spends her time being a wife and mother, she enjoys having family time and playing with her sons.


Berta Quiroz

Escrow Assistant

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Memorial Houston Office


Texas


Fred Gordon

Senior Escrow Officer/Marketing Director
 
 

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Texas


Fred Gordon has been in the Title Industry since 2001 and with Metropolitan Escrow & Title, LLC since 2007. Fred is a native Houstonian and grew up in the Memorial area of Houston, Texas. He holds a B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Houston and was a Charter Member of the University’s Professional Selling Program. Fred’s vast knowledge in marketing and customer service helps provide his customers with a unique working relationship that allows him to not only meet but exceed his clients expectations. Fred is married to his lovely wife, Danielly and has one son. In his spare time he enjoys going to sporting events, music concerts, playing guitar and traveling. If you’re looking for someone that will work around the clock and go above and beyond the call of duty, look no further, Fred is your guy! Email Fred


Angie Hill

Escrow Officer

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Katy, Texas Office

Angie started in the title business in 1989 at an Abstract and Title company and has been in title consistently since then. During that time she attended TLTA school in Austin and Brazosport College where she received her associates degree in business. She has done everything from answer the phones to manage an office. Closing and marketing is her favorite part of title and that is what she does for Metropolitan Escrow and Title, LLC.. Angie feels that the only thing that sets her apart from her competition is service and her determination. In her free time Angie likes to travel, cook, work in her yard and spend time with her pups and her family. She always strives to do her best and give her clients the same service that she would expect herself. Angie will often tell you “Your goals are my goals” and she means it.


Terri Williams

Escrow Officer

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Katy, Texas Office


Kim Nelson

Escrow Officer

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NW Houston Office


Corinne Catalucci

Settlement Processor
 
 

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Ellison Pyles

Settlement Coordinator
 
 

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Mary Mitchell

Settlement Coordinator
 
 

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Virginia/DC Metro