Thirty year title veteran and Benchmark co-founder, Tom has extensive experience as an underwriter and as an agent. He is committed to excellent customer service. Tom is active in the community and has sponsored organizations including Westhab and the Westchester County Bar Association.
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Chief Counsel & Managing Member
Benchmark co-founder and principal, Jean Partridge, has more than 25 years experience in the title industry. She and Tom De Caro have been working together successfully since 1985. They worked for a major underwriter most recently and prior to that as a title agent.
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Senior Vice President
Melissa is an industry-recognized sales executive who handles a large territory and has a loyal client following. She has been in the title industry for over eighteen years and is a member of numerous organizations, allowing her to unite developers, lenders and attorneys.
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Chief Financial Officer
Patrick has 25 years of experience in the Insurance Industry, 23 of which in the Title Insurance section. In 1988, he joined First American Title Insurance Company of New York where he served in a variety of capacities over a 20-year period starting as the Company’s Assistant Controller then Controller and ultimately its Senior Vice President, CFO and Treasurer. He was a member of the Company’s Board of Directors and served as President of one of its wholly owned subsidiaries over a 5-year period. Patrick then served as a consultant for various title insurance organizations and then spent 2 years as CFO and Treasurer within the Health Insurance sector. He Joined Benchmark in 2012 and became the Company’s Chief Financial Officer in September, 2013. Patrick is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.S. in Accounting from St. John’s University. He is also a member of both the AICPA and NYSSCPA.
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Senior Under Writing Counsel
Alan is an industry-renowned title attorney, bringing over 30 years of experience to Benchmark. His previous positions include Associate Regional Counsel for Chicago Title/Ticor Title Guarantee, and New York State Counsel for Fidelity National Title Insurance Company.
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Willa began her career in the title insurance industry twenty-three years ago with Security Title and Guaranty Company. She later joined First American Title Insurance Company of New York, where she remained until joining Benchmark in 2005.
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Loriel has been with Benchmark since they first opened their doors in 2005. Starting as a title closer while attending law school, Lori has progressed through many other aspects of the title industry from abstracting to reading and now clearing title. Lori works well with our clients to satisfy their client’s needs. Her knowledge is enhanced by her involvement in many other activities. Lori is currently the Chairperson of the Rye City Conservation Council/Advisory Commission which reviews all wetland permits within Rye City. She also serves on the Board of the Westchester County Columbian Lawyers. She has active memberships in several professional organizations such as New York State Bar Association, Westchester County Bar Association, Port Chester/Rye Bar Association, Harrison/Larchmont Bar Association. Loriel is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.
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Adam R. Etman is an attorney with over twenty years of experience in a variety of areas, with a concentration in both residential and commercial transactional matters. Most recently, Adam represented institutional lenders who originated loans for sale in the secondary market. His versatility enables him to work with clients on a wide range of projects. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and the United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and is an active member of the New York County Bar Association.
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Phyllis Gitter began in the title industry 20 years ago. Her experience in reading titles, examining land records and closing large national and commercial transactions helps her service her client base. She shares her time as an Account Executive while also greeting Benchmark’s friendly customers at the closing table, and the company makes it happen with a flexible schedule that she balances while raising her children.
(914) 250-2415pgitter@BenchmarkTA.comDownload VCard
Senior Vice President for Affordable Housing
Bernie brings almost three decades of experience in affordable housing to Benchmark. He has worked as a tenant organizer, developer, and executive director of a supportive housing organization. Most notably, Bernie was the founding executive director of the NYS Association for Affordable Housing and started their annual conference.
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Nadine joined the Benchmark team in early 2010. She brings almost 22 years of experience in the title industry with her. Nadine has a Master of Arts degree from NYU. Her intelligence, integrity and nurturing nature, as well as her attention to detail have made her one of our most competent closers.
(914) 426-2139nlesser@BenchmarkTA.comDownload VCard
Frank La Barbera is delighted to be one of the newest members of the Benchmark Title Team! Most recently with a major underwriter, he appreciates the enhanced customer service title agency provides.
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Brian has worked in the title insurance business since 2003 and has been with Benchmark Title since 2013. Brian manages a wide range of accounts in the New York City Metropolitan area and the Hudson Valley. The scope of business serviced includes commercial, development and residential transactions.
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