North American Title Insurance Company Welcomes Michael F. Waiwood, Esq. as Midwest Regional Underwriting Counsel
CLEVELAND, OHIO, April 24, 2012 - North American Title Insurance Company (NATIC), a leading national title insurance underwriter is delighted to announce the appointment of Michael F. Waiwood Esq. as the new Midwest Regional Underwriting Counsel. As a key member of the NATIC team, he is responsible for developing and implementing NATIC's Midwest underwriting standards, guidelines and procedures and keeping them in line with the overall standards set forth by the Chief Underwriting Counsel. His primary role includes working with and supporting independent North American Title Insurance agents with underwriting guidance and risk mitigation in title issues throughout the Midwest.
"Michael Waiwood adds a dynamic level of expertise and personality to our agency underwriting team,:" announced Geoffrey Ginn, Vice President of NATIC's independent agency division. "Mike is well-known in the industry and highly respected by our friends and competitors for the variety of high-level executive positions he has held. In the brief time he has worked with our team, our agents have benefited from Mike's underwriting and business advice, and have developed a productive bond with Mike and with NATIC. The most impressive part of working with Mike is seeing his calm and personable style when working with our agents, which is evident in the first few moments one deals with Mike. He is a classy addition to a strong and growing company, NATIC."
Michael F. Waiwood has dedicated a lifetime to the title insurance industry and brings a unique perspective that spans the course of 35 years across both the agent and underwriting sides of the industry. Starting as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Midland Title, Mr. Waiwood then gained dual responsibilities when Midland Security Inc. was acquired by a leading national title insurance underwriter. Quickly rising the ranks from Ohio State Manager to Senior Regional Counsel to President, Mr. Waiwood is no stranger to pursuing and attaining perpetual success.
"I've seen this industry evolve over the past 35 years, most especially through automation," said Michael Waiwood. "Since locally controlled title operations have become national I find that large companies have a way of losing touch with their independent agents. I am really impressed with how NATIC serves its agents and how they truly support independent agents in growing their own operations. With NATIC's solid financial strength and its attention to the customs and practices of small agencies, I look forward to being a part of this company's growth. It is really what the industry needs."
Mr. Waiwood strove for progress within the Title Industry and innovatively established the Ohio Title Insurance Rating Bureau where he sat as president from 2000-2003. It is evident that Mr. Waiwood is determined to break new ground, as is NATIC, and his pioneering attitude is certain to strengthen NATIC tremendously.
Garnering numerous accolades over the span of his career, namely his election into the distinctive American College of Real Estate Lawyers in 1989 and named Ohio Super Lawyer in 2006-2007, Mr. Waiwood is an avid speaker on Real Estate and Title Insurance topics throughout Ohio and Kentucky. Having served as a Trustee on the Ohio Land Title Association and currently a member of the Council of the Ohio State Bar Association's Real Estate Section and the Real Estate Law Specialization Committee, Mr. Waiwood, with his accomplished and revered career is a welcomed asset to our organization.