Leadership Team

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Christian J. Felton

VP of Business Development

(734) 612-8943
Chris Felton has over 27 years experience working in residential and commercial title insurance.


Chris graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in Public Law and Government. He law clerked in Ann Arbor, Michigan during college and had a brief career in law enforcement from 1991-1995. He later was employed, first as manager, and then as vice president of sales and marketing at A.S.K. Services, Inc. - a Michigan based public record research company. During that period from 1995-2005, Chris lectured on public records research at the University of Michigan and served as board member and treasurer of both the National Public Record Research Association and the Michigan Council of Professional Investigators.

After a decade establishing an excellent reputation and network of contacts in lending and real estate, Chris began consulting directly for his title insurance clients. He ultimately accepted a position at a new agency formed by his former clients at First American Title, and serves today as Vice President of New Business Development at Vanguard Title.

Chris grew up in Plymouth, Michigan and now resides in Westland with his wife Christine and their twin boys John and Greyson. Chris owns investment properties throughout Wayne and Oakland Counties. Chris does not play golf, but he is a commercially rated airplane, seaplane and glider pilot, and holds a Lead Formation FAST card and flies with his team out of Detroit City Airport (KDET). He also serves as an officer in the United States Air Force Auxiliary, flying out of his home base at Plymouth Mettetal Airport (1D2).

Please give him a call to discuss all things title, real estate and aviation!

Michael Coll

Account Executive

(517) 294-8355

Michael Coll joins Vanguard with 39 years of successful experience in driving business growth, cultivating client relationships, and achieving exceptional results. His unique blend of leadership skills, strategic thinking, and dedication to excellence make Coll an asset to Vanguard Title Company as it continues to expand its presence in Michigan.

Coll served 7 and ½ years in the United States Marines, where he earned a certificate of accommodation for exhibiting exemplary service. This background instilled in Michael a strong sense of discipline, teamwork, and integrity, which he now brings to Vanguard as his professional journey continues in the private sector.

“I’m very excited about joining Vanguard Title Company and contributing to its growth in Michigan with unlimited potential” states Michael Coll, Account Executive.
Michael will play a key role in driving strategic initiatives, building lasting client relationships, and contributing to the overall success of his clients and the company.


Paul Ivezaj

Paul Ivezaj

Account Executive

(586) 219-3821

Paul is a graduate of Wayne State University. With three years of Title experience and many years in the sales business, Paul’s main goal is to treat his clients like he would like to be treated.

He does so with respect and believes that the word “no” should be last in the vocabulary when in sales there are always alternatives. Paul is a father of four, with three adult young ladies, a teenage little buddy, and of course his dog Leo. Although Paul came to this country young, he still speaks his native tongue fluently, making him bilingual (Albanian). Paul is dedicated to his work and is available to his clients seven days a week, don’t be surprised if he answers your emails at four in the morning. Vanguard Title is proud to have someone as motivated and goal-oriented as Paul on our team.

Alma Mathley

Senior Account Executive/Closer

(248) 721-0579
Alma Mathley has 20+ years experience in Title Insurance Sales and Marketing and obtained her license as a Resident Producer for Title Insurance in 1996.

Alma joined the Vanguard Title Insurance Agency team in 2006 – bringing her high level of knowledge, vast experience and energetic enthusiasm with her. Alma prides herself on exceptional customer service. She goes above and beyond to ensure her clients have a great experience from beginning to end and are kept informed throughout the process.

A true dedicated professional, Alma possesses the skills, knowledge and talent needed to meet the ever-changing challenges of the title insurance industry.


Alisha Stambaugh

Alisha Stambaugh

Account Executive

(248) 978-4998
Alisha has 17+ years of experience in the Title industry as a processor, closer, and sales representative.

Alisha joined the Vanguard team bringing years of experience in title. She began her career in the title industry in 2003 as a receptionist, eventually working her way into pre-processing and statusing title files. She then moved into processing purchase and closing transactions with roles as both a processor and closer.

She has a passion for the industry but loves being able to interact with customers outside of the office. She found her love for sales and began establishing a credible clientele by building friendships and relationships with others in the industry. She now have over 6 years of experiences in sales.


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Wendy Smith

Senior Account Executive

(586) 770-4926

Wendy brings over 30 years of title and settlement experience to Vanguard Title! She has a passion for helping her clients, they trust and depend on her to bring solutions for a seamless transaction.

Wendy enjoys providing extraordinary customer service and excels at building connections with agents, lenders, builders, attorneys and the clients they serve. She prides herself on getting to closing as a top priority so her clients have peace of mind all the way through. Wendy continues to provide her services in Macomb County and the surrounding areas.

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Jon Wass

Commercial Account Executive

(248) 515-4071

Commercial Account Executive with strong business and strategic Acuman

Jon serves his clients utilizing his strong business and strategic acumen to tackle some of the more challenging commercial real estate transactions. Jon earned his MBA from Wayne State University and his BA from Michigan State University.

Diana Press

Residential Client Relations and & Closing Manager

(248) 751-1000

Diana Press is our Client Relations and Closing Manager and boasts a resume spanning 20+ years in the Title Insurance industry.

Since starting as a receptionist, she moved on to processing and closing in escrow before her current management position, gaining valuable knowledge in sales and service along the way. She believes this “bottom up” career path has reinforced her priority to consistently deliver the best customer service possible to all of Vanguard’s clients through all phases of the closing process.

Diana is married with three children and has lived in Sterling Heights for 30 years.

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Tara Nelson

Residential Escrow Process Manager

(248) 365-2017

Residential Escrow Process Manager - brings problem-solving skills and efficiency to our team.

Tara’s educational background—a degree in Finance/Business from Oakland University— and her previous experience as a loan officer provide a solid foundation for her career in the real estate industry.

Christian J. Felton

VP of Business Development

(734) 612-8943
Chris Felton has over 27 years experience working in residential and commercial title insurance.


Chris graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in Public Law and Government. He law clerked in Ann Arbor, Michigan during college and had a brief career in law enforcement from 1991-1995. He later was employed, first as manager, and then as vice president of sales and marketing at A.S.K. Services, Inc. - a Michigan based public record research company. During that period from 1995-2005, Chris lectured on public records research at the University of Michigan and served as board member and treasurer of both the National Public Record Research Association and the Michigan Council of Professional Investigators.

After a decade establishing an excellent reputation and network of contacts in lending and real estate, Chris began consulting directly for his title insurance clients. He ultimately accepted a position at a new agency formed by his former clients at First American Title, and serves today as Vice President of New Business Development at Vanguard Title.

Chris grew up in Plymouth, Michigan and now resides in Westland with his wife Christine and their twin boys John and Greyson. Chris owns investment properties throughout Wayne and Oakland Counties. Chris does not play golf, but he is a commercially rated airplane, seaplane and glider pilot, and holds a Lead Formation FAST card and flies with his team out of Detroit City Airport (KDET). He also serves as an officer in the United States Air Force Auxiliary, flying out of his home base at Plymouth Mettetal Airport (1D2).

Please give him a call to discuss all things title, real estate and aviation!

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Jon Wass

Commercial Account Executive

(248) 515-4071

Commercial Account Executive with strong business and strategic Acuman

Jon serves his clients utilizing his strong business and strategic acumen to tackle some of the more challenging commercial real estate transactions. Jon earned his MBA from Wayne State University and his BA from Michigan State University.

Amanda Shamoun

Amanda Shamoun

Commercial Services & Process Manager

248-209-1993
With 20 years of well -rounded experience in Commercial and Residential Title Insurance, Commercial Lending and Real Estate, Amanda brings her service and leadership, her passion for Title and her expertise in complex transactions to Vanguard as our Commercial Account Manager & Escrow Officer.

Amanda prides herself on exceptional customer service and strives to provide the best experience for her clients with each and every transaction.

Paul Ivezaj

Frances Royston

Commercial Escrow Officer

(248) 751-4429

Commercial Escrow Officer with over 15 years In the real estate and title industry

Frances has been recognized by her peers for her genuine enthusiasm, ability to lead teams and inspire others. Tackle difficult, complex issues head-on is what makes her shine in the commercial space. Frances holds an Master of Business Administration in Finance from Walsh College and a B.A. from Oakland University.


Janet Webley

Janet R. Webley

Senior Commercial Escrow Officer

248-751-4431

Janet is currently a Commercial Division Escrow Officer.

Day to day, her goal is to assist the Vanguard Title Builder/Developer and Commercial Clients to resolve title problems; work with attorneys, draft documents, confirm the numbers and smooth the way to successful closings.

Janet has been with Vanguard since 2018, bringing years of Commercial Real Estate experience with her to Title. Working in the past as a Property Asset Management Analyst, Commercial Loan Officer and as entrepreneur owning her own loan closing business, gives Janet a unique insight into the specifics of Commercial transactions. In short, she understands both the business and title aspects at play.
Janet attended the University of Michigan and holds both a B.A. and an MBA. She enjoys travel and visiting family scattered across the US and Argentina.


John Apostol

John Apostol

General Counsel – Partner

(248) 751-1000
John Apostol serves as General Counsel - Partner to Vanguard Title.

He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit Law School, with a concentration in real estate law.

Before working at Vanguard Title, Apostol joined North American Title and founding partners, Richard Parsons and Michael Strat in 1988 as Chief Operations Officer. When North American Title merged with First American Title in 2000, Apostol became the Southeast Michigan Division’s COO and General Counsel.

At First American, Apostol helped forge a new, vibrant business atmosphere that returned focus to the needs of existing and new clients that migrated to First American.

In 2005, Apostol and the North American Title founding partners, Rick Parsons and Mike Strat, along with First American Title colleague Robert Considine united to establish Vanguard Title.

Chris Kass

President - Partner

(248) 751-1000
Chris Kass, President, brings a wealth of direct sales and sales management experience from a variety of respected title insurance organizations in Michigan.

Vanguard is fortunate to have someone of Chris Kass’ caliber and experience step up to lead the company. We are excited for her renewed leadership to successfully implement our strategy and take advantage of the market opportunities ahead. Chris knows our marketplace better than anyone, and has a proven track record of execution. She is a strong communicator who is customer focused with deep leadership capabilities. Furthermore, Chris has shown an ability to work across functional groups, innovate new products, and most importantly, raise the talents of her teams.


John Apostol

John Apostol

General Counsel – Partner

(248) 751-1000
John Apostol serves as General Counsel - Partner to Vanguard Title.

He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit Law School, with a concentration in real estate law.

Before working at Vanguard Title, Apostol joined North American Title and founding partners, Richard Parsons and Michael Strat in 1988 as Chief Operations Officer. When North American Title merged with First American Title in 2000, Apostol became the Southeast Michigan Division’s COO and General Counsel.

At First American, Apostol helped forge a new, vibrant business atmosphere that returned focus to the needs of existing and new clients that migrated to First American.

In 2005, Apostol and the North American Title founding partners, Rick Parsons and Mike Strat, along with First American Title colleague Robert Considine united to establish Vanguard Title.


Michael Strat

Vice President – Partner

(248) 751-1000
Michael Strat oversees Vanguard Title’s strategic and financial planning as well as process development.

Prior to the establishment of Vanguard Title, Strat co-founded North American Title with Richard Parsons in 1987 and was joined one year later by John Apostol. The three-man operation rapidly grew to a 100-employee enterprise in less than five years through the success of newly developed and more efficient title processing systems.

In 2000, North American Title merged with First American, and Strat became the new entity’s President of the Southeast Michigan Division. During his first four years at First American, he oversaw the team responsible for overhauling First American’s systems, processes and customer service. Additionally, he aided in increasing the company’s volume from 2,000 orders per month to more than 10,000.

In 2005, Strat and the North American Title founding partners, Rick Parsons and John Apostol, along with First American Title colleague Robert Considine united to establish Vanguard Title.


Richard Parsons

Vice President - Partner

(248) 751-1000
Parsons oversees Vanguard Title’s strategic development process and has nearly 20 years of experience in the residential real estate industry.

Before co-founding North American Title with Michael Strat in 1987, Parsons built his expertise from a small local title insurance agency. Later joined by John Apostol, the three were determined to streamline procedures in the title process to serve their clientele more efficiently.

For the next decade, North American Title navigated through the hectic business cycle of interest-rate driven refinance booms while growing an impressive customer base that appreciated their responsive, proactive approach to customer service.

In 2000, North American Title merged with First American Title, and Parsons became the new entity’s Vice President and Southeast Michigan Division Co-Manager. This new management team succeeded in driving new systems-based efficiency – increasing productivity from 24 orders per person per month to 66 orders per person per month.

In 2005, along with original business partners Mike Strat and John Apostol, in addition to colleague Robert Considine, Parsons helped establish Vanguard Title.


Robert Considine

Vice President – Partner

(248) 751-1000
Robert Considine manages the Vanguard Title’s operations as well as administrative, facilities and human resources functions.

Considine holds a Master of Arts degree in Industrial Relations from Wayne State University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, and a certification in Senior Professional Human Resources.

Prior to joining the Vanguard Title team, Considine worked at North American Title as the firm’s Human Resources Manager. In this position, he helped transition this one-time small partnership into a robust title organization with nearly 100 employees in less than two years.

From 2000 to 2004, Considine worked with the team responsible for overhauling First American’s systems, processes and customer service expectations. In 2005, he joined forces with former First American colleagues and North American founders Mike Strat, Rick Parsons, and John Apostol to establish Vanguard Title.

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