Our Purpose

To be the resource and provide the services our clients need to build a successful business, and to make everyone we work with a raving fan of our company.

Our corporate headquarters and production facility are located in Orange County, California. We are underwritten by First American Title Insurance, one of the largest insurers in the U.S. Western Resources Title is licensed by the California Department of Insurance to provide residential and commercial title insurance and escrow services in each of the state’s 58 counties.

Western Resources Title Company stands apart by providing personal service that goes above and beyond client expectations in the title and escrow industry.

Our goal is to guide clients through every transaction successfully and efficiently.

We believe in partnering with agents and lenders who want their businesses to grow and succeed.

Our service team provides resources – from high-tech tools to old-fashioned expertise – to help our clients build their companies.

Western Resources Title offers services that no other title company provides.

For example, we notify the listing agent when an inspector will be visiting a property, follow up on the receipt of the statement of information from the seller, and date down the file on a regular basis. We’re constantly searching for new ways to help clients and improve the transaction process.

We consistently produce high-quality products in a short time frame – regardless of market conditions.

Western Resources Title has processed over 62,000 commercial, resale, short sale and refinance transactions and written more than $29 billion in title insurance since our inception in 1996.

Our Values

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork
  • Responsibility
  • Accountability
  • Respect

These values, which we expect from and nurture in our staff, have helped us create a professional and welcoming corporate culture. Our customers rely on us because of these values, trusting us time and again with their most important asset – their business.

October 2017

WRT opens its Diamond Bar Office

Spring 2016

WRT receives its SSAE-16 certification

June 2014

WRT opens its first title office in San Diego County

April 2014

WRT opens a title and escrow branch in Glendale

January 2013

WRT expands its license to cover all 58 counties in California.

October 2012

WRT opens its third escrow branch in San Diego County in Rancho Bernardo.

September 2012

WRT begins an expansion into Los Angeles County.

June 2011

WRT opens second escrow branch in the Mission Valley area of San Diego

April 2010

WRT expanded into San Diego County and opened its first escrow branch in Escondido

January 2006

First Southwestern Title Company of America was rebranded and renamed Western Resources Title (WRT)

April 1996

First Southwestern Title Company of America was founded. They were licensed to conduct business in the 5 Southern California counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego.

Our Team

Our seasoned team of veterans have an average 29 years of experience in the business. Our management team consists of Ed Lorette, Nancy Fletcher, Gene Bringas, Terry LeClair, Lisa Locke, Melissa Howard, Pat Crouch, and Martha Flores.

Ed Lorette

Chief Executive Officer

Ed Lorette has an extensive track record of building and managing successful title companies. With over 40 years in the title insurance industry, Ed’s experience, leadership and reputation have allowed him to attract top seasoned professionals to the organization.

Ed strongly believes the key to building a successful business is to hire well trained, self-managed, self-disciplined team players who are committed to providing customers and clients with the service they need, expect and deserve.

Nancy Fletcher

Executive Vice President, Operating Officer

Nancy has been with Western Resources Title for over 17 years. Her prior experience includes four years in Real Estate and 13 years in the technology industry. Nancy first joined the company as a sales rep in 1997, was later promoted to Sales Manager and then to Branch Manager. In each of these roles she brought her energy, commitment, loyalty, dedication and hard work to accomplishing the company’s goals.

Nancy’s unique background has been instrumental in identifying and implementing new products, systems and technologies, which help the company grow, improve the sales force, and enhance the client’s experience.

Ken Watson

Vice President, Inland Empire Regional Sales Manager

Ken has over 30 years of business to business sales experience including 18 years in the Title Insurance industry.  He has been an integral part of Western Resources Title for over 10 years. Ken has generated record breaking revenues in the Inland Empire and is well versed in all aspects of real estate including first hand experience in financing, investing, residential and commercial transactions. Ken manages all sales operations in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Natalie Castaneda

Vice President, LA Regional Sales Manager

Natalie started her real estate career and in escrow in 1992 working on high-end transactions. Her focus has always been service that is second to none. Natalie is both a successful sales manager and Los Angeles client specialist. Natalie focuses on working with real estate agents making sure that she gives them the best client service and satisfaction for a smooth closing. Natalie has a wonderful family and lives in Phillips Ranch.

Terry LeClair

Executive Vice President, Title Sales

Terry has spent the past 3 years serving as Sr. Vice President of the largest real estate company in Southern California, after an extensive, award-winning 23-year career in real estate. His success in real estate, technology and franchise development, operations management, and his passion for effective leadership and employee development makes him a well-rounded member of the Western Resources Title team.

Terry’s deep understanding of the real estate brokerage business and the sales representative perspective provides a unique edge in bridging the gap between the real estate and title entities. Terry will be able to collaborate with his managers and title representatives to assist them in creating a strategic plan to help them reach their personal, professional and financial goals.

Lisa Locke

Vice President, Orange County Sales Manager

Lisa’s career in title and escrow began in 1998, where she quickly became the top sales rep within the company. Lisa’s success in sales is the byproduct of her title knowledge, customer service, and hard work. As Sales Manager for Western Resource Title’s Orange County branch, Lisa encourages her team to partner with clients by providing the experience and tools necessary for lasting success. Lisa is a firm believer in increasing the productivity of the clients she serves and empowering her sales team to become the best they can be.

Gene Bringas

Vice President, Title Operations Manager

Gene Bringas started his title career in 1997. Since joining Western Resources, Gene has implemented several changes within the organization that led to increased productivity and faster turnaround times for prelims and policies. Gene oversees the management, development, growth and successful operation of all title production and support for Western Resources Title, as well as the daily title operations of the Orange County branch.

Martha Flores

Vice President, State Escrow Operations Manager

Martha has been with WRT since 2008 and in the escrow industry since 1985. She has worked for both DOC and DOI escrow companies, managing title escrow divisions since 1999. Martha has handled a variety of transaction types, including Residential, Commercial, 1031 Exchange, Refinances, Tracts, Seller Carry-Backs, AITD’s and short sales. She has high energy and passion for escrow, exceptional customer service skills, and believes that every client and consumer deserves phenomenal service from their escrow team on every transaction. Martha resides in Walnut, California, and enjoys spending her extra time with her family.

Pat Crouch

Vice-President, Los Angeles Division 2 Manager

Pat has been in the title business for over 36 years and a County Sales Manager for 33 years. She worked as a Relocation Specialist for Merrill Lynch Realty assisting clients with both commercial and residential transactions. Dedication to client service and satisfaction has always been Pat’s focus, making Western Resources Title the perfect fit. She has taught Real Estate and Escrow at Los Angeles City College and Glendale College, in addition to serving on the Cal State Fullerton Real Estate Curriculum Panel. Pat enjoys flying and scuba diving with her husband Steve. They flew monthly to impoverished villages in Mexico with the Flying Doctors LIGA to work in their clinics.

Melissa Howard

Vice-President, San Diego Sales Manager

Melissa Howard a native of San Diego, moved to the Hawaiian Islands with her family because of her father’s Hotel Development Company.  At the age of 18 Melissa obtained her real estate license and at 23 became #1 sales executive in the state of Hawaii for Ritz Carlton Grand Residences where she was promoted to Director of Sales. Shortly after, she went to work for First American Title where she enjoyed 4 successful years in Business Development and Marketing Management before moving into Regional Director of Sales role for an additional 4 years.

Melissa and her husband made the choice to return to San Diego to be closer to family and for her husband to excel in his career with CBS television which Melissa joined Stewart Title as the Sales Manager. Western Resources Title is now honored to have Melissa on our team as V.P. of San Diego County Sales Division.

Melissa resides in Rancho San Diego with her husband and son and enjoys competitive fitness, travel, cooking and quality time with family and friends. Melissa is also an active published author, motivational speaker, and breast cancer conqueror and spokesperson for the American Cancer Society.