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Leadership Team

Shelley Stewart
CLC, LTA, President & CEO

Shelley Stewart

 

Together with two business partners, Stewart formed Southern Holding of Central Florida, Inc., parent company of Southern Title Holding Company, LLC in 1994. Since then, she has successfully spearheaded its growth into one of the most successful independent agencies in the state of Florida. Today, the Southern Title Family of Companies operates under the direction of Stewart, who reports to a Board of Managers. The Board consists of business professionals in the local community who have significant experience in real estate development and construction, as well as other industry related professions.

In 1976, Stewart began her career as a “runner” for a title company in the Daytona Beach area, and over the next several years, processed files, handled closings, spearheaded marketing and earned her Licensed Title Agent and Certified Land Closer designations. In 1995, she brought ten of the area’s finest real estate closing professionals to Southern Title with three branch locations. Eleven years later, the company had established 21 offices.

Now celebrating its 25th year serving Florida, the company manages 10 Southern Title offices in Volusia County, Flagler County, Duval County, and Lake County.  In addition, the company operates a Commercial Division, a search plant, and offices specializing in escrow accounting, policy production, compliance, and technology.

Committed Leadership

Over the past 44 years, Stewart has taken an active leadership role in the real estate title industry.  Her service includes:

  • American Land Title Association (ALTA) - Government Affairs Committee, Best Practices Task Force, State Legislative Regulatory Action Committee, Digital Closing Taskforce Committee
  • National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) - Agent Liaison
  • Florida Land Title Association (FLTA) – President, Government Affairs Committee Chair, Data Call Committee Chair, Forms Committee, Past President’s Council
  • Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) – 2nd VP, Government Affairs Committee
  • Trustee, and Co-Chair, Housing for Tomorrow Political Action Committee, Volusia Building Industry Association (VBIA)

 

Accolades & Awards

  • Dick Baker Awards for Outstanding Service, FHBA – 2019
  • Top “Women in Title” – 2017, 2018
  • “Woman of the Year” by Volusia Flagler Association of Women Lawyers - 2016
  • Raymond O. Denham Memorial Award for Outstanding Service, FLTA - 2014.
  • “Women in Business” Award Winner, Daytona Beach News-Journal - 2014

 

Under the leadership and direction of Ms. Stewart, the company’s culture is driven by commitment to excellence, a total dedication to maintaining the integrity of the title insurance product and an unwavering spirit to go “above and beyond” on a daily basis to exceed customer expectations. This “culture of caring” is well known to Southern Title customers as well as associates. “Our business is all about the people,” is her philosophy.

The company’s direction in the 21st century is to grow in concert with its vision: to be the title company of choice, providing the ultimate closing experience for generations of Florida property owners.