Executive Team

Long term success in the title insurance industry takes the talent and dedication of many people, and at Old Republic we have the best in the industry. Success requires vision and leadership from an executive management team. With more than 150 years of combined experience in the real estate industry, Old Republic’s executive team is exceptionally qualified.
Ivy Anderson, President

Ivy Anderson started her career in the title industry in 1984 with a locally owned organization in Santa Clara County. Over many years and in many roles, she has learned all aspects of operating an Escrow and Title company. Ivy helped in the development of many startup organizations throughout the Western United States, including Southern California, Nevada, Texas, and Arizona. She held the position of Chief Financial Officer for over 12 years, overseeing multiple multi-state title companies but has always looked outside of her area of responsibility to assist in all areas of any organization she has served. Ivy has also held the position of CEO and President of a privately owned regional Title Company that served the Western United States. Ivy continues to serve the staff and clientele of Old Republic Title Company with the same level of commitment and support she has demonstrated throughout her long-standing career.

Will Choy, Executive Vice President, Corporate Counsel

Will joined Old Republic Title's Legal Department in 2003 as a claims and litigation attorney. In 2020, Will became Deputy Corporate Counsel.

He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Economics in December 1993 and received his J.D. from the University of California School of Law at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1997. Will is a member of the California State Bar, the Bar Association of San Francisco, and is conversant in Chinese (Cantonese).

Will is a member of the California Land Title Association Legislative and Litigation Committees.

Steve Yeager, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Innovation

Steve joined Old Republic Title in August 2014, helping to launch the Company's Oregon operation. He served on the management team as the Oregon Sales Manager for several years prior to being promoted to SVP, Oregon State Manager, in December 2017.

Steve is an exemplary leader and is an advocate for innovative technology integration throughout our escrow and title operations. He is a respected leader throughout the Western Title Division (WTD) and is appreciated for his commitment to making ORT more efficient.

In his current role, Steve works closely with the WTD and Information Services (IS) to interpret high-level goals and objectives with the purpose of creating a strategic introduction of technological resources. His primary focus is on product and process innovation and development. He is instrumental in helping develop a strategic roadmap for procurement, implementation, and utilization of future technologies for title, escrow, and sales. Steve makes it a priority to keep all WTD goals in alignment.
In addition to his job duties, Steve is also the Co-Chair of the Old Republic Title Direct Leadership Team (DLT).

Brent Evans, Executive Vice President, Regional Manager

Brent is a seasoned title insurance professional who started his career as a Title Searcher in Stanislaus County, Calif., in 1983. Two years later, he joined another title company, where he worked on Subdivision DRE processing and developed relationships with home builders in local markets. From 1990 to 2014, Brent worked for several national title insurance companies as County Manager in Merced and Fresno Counties, and as Central Valley Manager, where he had the opportunity to work with builders in Fresno and Tulare Counties, and in the surrounding valley.

In March 2014, Brent joined Old Republic Title as Fresno County Manager, where he has focused on expanding the Company’s presence in the area. Under Brent’s leadership, the Fresno operation began with six employees and has grown to more than 50. He is well connected within the building community and has strong relationships with residential and commercial developers in the region.

Mark Gamba, Executive Vice President, Regional Manager

Mark joined Old Republic Title in 2010 with the responsibility of managing sales and operations in Solano County. As County Manager, Mark achieved extraordinary advancements in business strategy, profitability, and employee engagement. With great tenacity, Mark reshaped Solano County's footprint. He expanded from two branch offices with nine associates to four offices totaling 43 associates. In a county with five strong competitors, Mark increased overall market share from 8.5 percent to 42 percent, moving Old Republic Title from the fifth position to number one from 2013 to the present. Since 2016, Old Republic Title has also remained number one in resale market share, averaging 47 percent.

As Regional Manager, Mark will be responsible for overseeing operations for the following counties and territories: Contra Costa; Butte; Napa; Solano; Sacramento; Placer; El Dorado; Yuba; and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sherri Sweeney, Executive Vice President, Regional Manager

Sherri has been in the title industry for over 35 years. She began her career in 1985, fulfilling title production requests in the state of New Jersey, before relocating to California in 1988. From 1989 to 1997, Sherri worked alongside outside counsel retained to represent her company on diverse title insurance matters. In January of 1997, she returned to the direct operations side of the business when she accepted a sales position. Within one year, she was promoted to Vice President, Sales Manager. Shortly thereafter, Sherri advanced to the position of Senior Vice President, County Manager, successfully leading one of the Top 10 operations in her county. In 2015, she was promoted to an executive management position. Sherri joined Old Republic Title in 2022 as Executive Vice President, Regional Manager and is responsible for the performance and profitability of several business units within the Western Title Division.

She is a passionate leader who believes in motivating her team to success. Collaboration has always been at the forefront of her leadership style, as she considers it the key to evolving a company and its employees.

Sherri is an avid learner who studied business administration at Purdue University, and in 2019, completed two of Stanford University's Innovation & Entrepreneurship programs. She is passionate about philanthropy, advocacy, and charity. As such, she serves on the board of Kidsave International, a non-profit that focuses on finding families for older orphaned and foster care youth, and Women Back To Work, which advocates for women returning to the workforce after taking a career break to support their families.

Ernie Collins, Executive Vice President, Regional Manager

Ernie Collins has spent his 30-year career in the title industry working exclusively for Old Republic Title Company. He began his career in 1988 as a Marketing Representative, where he serviced branch offices in Berkeley and Montclair, California. In 1995, Ernie was promoted to Sales Manager and oversaw sales efforts for nine Alameda County branches. Shortly thereafter, in 1997, he was promoted to Director of Sales for Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

In 2003, Ernie became the Director of Sales and started the Marketing Department for Old Republic Title’s Western Title Division, which, at the time, included California, Arizona, Washington, Nevada and Hawaii. In 2006, Ernie was appointed Senior Vice President and promoted to Alameda County Manager. Under his leadership, Ernie’s region has become one of the Company’s top-producing operations in the Western Title Division for over 10 years.

In his current role as Executive Vice President and Regional Manager, Ernie reports directly to Old Republic Title Company’s Western Title Division President, Ivy Anderson. He is responsible for supporting the efforts of his associates in Alameda, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Fresno, Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo counties.

Ernie enjoys spending his personal time with his family and is an avid sports fan.

Jackye Chai, Executive Vice President, Regional Manager

Jackye has been with Old Republic Title for over 40 years and has managed various market fluctuations during her tenure. She began her career with the Company as an Escrow Officer in Santa Clara County and remained in that position for over 20 years. During that time, she earned professional designations of ‘Certified Escrow Officer’ and ‘Senior Certified Escrow Officer’ from the California Escrow Association. She was also a member of the board of the Escrow Association of Santa Clara Valley. Jackye was then promoted to Branch Manager, overseeing six branches, before she was promoted to an Escrow Operations Manager position in 2004. Two years later, she accepted her final position in the Bay Area as County Manager of Santa Clara County, from 2006 to 2016. Then, with a change of scenery in mind, she relocated to the tropics to become Hawaii State Manager.

Jackye has proved her industry knowledge and shows it in her effectiveness to recruit and onboard valuable talent. She is results-oriented with a proven track record of improving overall operations in the 13 branches that she oversees and is ranked in the top three profitable operations in the Western Title Division. She is adept in analytical thinking, planning staff coaching, procedure management, and of course, leadership.

Jackye currently serves on the Board of the Escrow Association of Hawaii, the Hawaii Homeowners Center, and the Mortgage Bankers Association of Hawaii. She is heavily involved in her community and is excited to continue to grow the Hawaii operations as Regional Manager and County Manager.

Chad Nichols, Executive Vice President, WTD Director of Sales

Chad has spent over two decades addressing the needs of title and escrow professionals. Having held local, regional, and national positions in both sales and operations, he understands the importance of meeting varied objectives. He makes it his primary focus to build sales teams whose strategies align with and support both local and overall organizational goals. As the Director of Sales, Chad works closely with the Western Title Division's Leadership Team to implement strategic plans for building overall sales performance. Chad's longstanding career in the title and escrow industry has prepared him to evaluate and measure sales effectiveness.

He partners with county and sales managers to assist with training and business development by incorporating tools, resources and technologies that drive market share and revenue. He also focuses on recruiting new talent for various positions throughout the WTD. Chad frequently collaborates with the Corporate Marketing Team to incorporate marketing strategies that build brand awareness and drive growth.

Brenda Donath, Executive Vice President, WTD Director of Escrow Services, Central Services Division Manager

Brenda began her career in an entry-level position in our San Mateo County Operation. During her tenure, she became a front-line Escrow Officer, Branch Manager and Escrow Operations Manager in San Mateo County before being promoted to her first County Manager position for Santa Cruz County. Brenda has been a County Manager for multiple operations, spending the bulk of her time in San Joaquin County (1995 - 2017). She was also instrumental in establishing our WTD Centralized Services Division (CSD) in 2009. Initially, the CSD was created to develop an REO production model to support the needs of various lender, asset management, investor and GSE customers requiring a single point of entry property disposition production model. Since its creation, the CSD has become more diversified, establishing a back-office support unit for our State and County Operations throughout our Western Division and a Centralized Lender Unit and other single point of entry support services for our internal and external partners.

In her role, Brenda brings her decades of escrow experience and knowledge to successfully partner with our internal escrow and support teams, as well as assisting our clients who need single point of contact coordination and support.

Rod Seyffert, Executive Vice President, WTD Director of Title Services

Rod began his career with Founders Title (now Old Republic Title) in 1984 as a Customer Service Representative. He has held a variety of positions throughout his nearly 40-year tenure, including Recording Clerk, Purchasing Agent, Searcher, Title Examiner, Title Officer, Advisory Title Officer, Chief Title Officer, and for the past seven years, County Manager of Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.

In his role as Director of Title Services, Rod evaluates current title plant software and processes and researches viable replacements that deploy and utilize advanced technologies to improve efficiencies across all title plants. He has established regular meetings to develop a system of communication that promotes ongoing collaboration and exchange of information between Title Plant Managers. Rod also is developing a structured training program to educate all title personnel about present and future endeavors and is passionate about championing a succession plan for title.