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WFG National Title Insurance Company has named Thomas Klein Esq. to continue the company’s growth and momentum by overseeing its relationships with the nation’s largest independent title agencies, as senior vice president, overseeing the company’s National Agency Division. Klein replaces Roger Blauvelt in the role, who will be retiring after 40 years in the settlement services industry.
Klein assumes his new role after serving as senior vice president, Agency, Southeast Region. He has 35 years of experience in the title and settlement services industry. Before coming to WFG National Title in 2010, Klein was vice president with Alliance Solutions LLC. Before that, Klein spent 22 years as an officer with one of the industry’s largest title insurance companies. There, he held a number of roles, including managing the southeastern Virginia agency territory; concurrently managing a northern Virginia subsidiary; and managing agency operations in northern Virginia. Klein further initiated the insurer’s national agency operations, and managed a group consulting with agents and company officials on affiliated business arrangement matters. Prior to working with the insurer, Klein was the president and founder of Virginia Escrow & Title Company, Richmond’s largest independent title agency when it was sold in 1987. He is a past president of the Virginia Land Title Association and has also practiced real estate law with a private firm.
“Tom has played a significant role in the growth of WFG’s agency division,” said Patrick Stone, president and CEO of Williston Financial Group. “He has earned the trust and respect of independent agents and colleagues throughout the industry with his calm leadership and unyielding support.”
In a related move, Clinton Yarborough will succeed Klein in overseeing WFG’s Southeast Agency division. Yarborough will continue to fulfill his duties as Agency State Manager/Counsel for WFG’s agents in South Carolina in addition to attending to his new duties. Yarborough has been with WFG since 2011. He came to WFG National Title from one of the industry’s largest title insurers, where he served as Associate State Counsel. Before that, he was Underwriting and Claims Counsel for Atlantic Title Insurance Company, where he oversaw the underwriting and claims administration for all 13states in which that firm was licensed. He also has extensive experience in private law practice, having served as the managing attorney for the REO and residential real estate department with a large, statewide firm. He received his BS degree from the College of Charleston, and his JD from the University of South Carolina. He presently serves as the Chairperson of the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee of the South Carolina Bar and the treasurer of the Palmetto Land Title Association. He is admitted to practice in South Carolina, Georgia, the U.S. District Court (District of South Carolina) and the United States Supreme Court.
“Tom is a major reason for the growth of WFG and its Agency group,” said Charles Cain, EVP overseeing the company’s National and Central Agency regions. “We have the utmost confidence our national agencies will quickly come to value his support and appreciate his partnership.”
Cain continued, “Clint has built our presence in South Carolina exponentially year over year, and he has done so by serving as an ally and resource for his agents. We have no doubt he will do the same in overseeing the Southeast region.”