Employee Spotlight – Nicole Schwarz

A round of applause for our newest employee spotlight – Title Assistant in our Idaho Falls branch, Nicole Schwarz!

Having been with Alliance for a year, Nicole has recently made the transition from the Escrow Department to Title; she assists with policy production, recordings, and new order set-ups, as well as covering the Escrow Department when needed.

Nicole loves building relationships with customers and her teammates. Of the Alliance Core Values, “Trust & Respect” is her go-to. Nicole explains, “Everything begins here. Without these values, we wouldn’t have any of the other core values to offer our customers.”

After working hard in the office, Nicole enjoys spending some quality time with her family.

When asked whom she admires, Nicole can think of no one else but her grandmother. Nicole illustrates, “Not only is she the heart of our entire family, but she has worked tirelessly all of her life – doing her part to make the world a better place. Starting from her career in Social Work, to raising her children and then spending countless hours watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren, my grandmother is selfless. She has also spent her life volunteering in many areas, including the Idaho Falls Food Bank and the Girl Scout program. I not only admire her, but I think of her as my hero!”

Nicole’s favorite quote, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better,” by Maya Angelou, is something she tries to live by. Nicole further explains, “This is my favorite quote because I think it should apply to everything in life. As you learn new things and mature, you should not only do better, but act better and treat people better.”

Now that you’ve gotten to know Nicole a little more, stop by Alliance Title’s Idaho Falls branch and write them in on your next transaction! Nicole looks forward to helping make your home closing a simple and smooth experience.

Nicole Schwarz – Title Assistant at Alliance’s Idaho Falls Branch
3420 S Woodruff Ave., 83404
208.524.5660
nicole.schwarz@alliancetitle.com

Employee Spotlight – Tahni Cottrell

Our newest employee spotlight goes to our very outstanding Escrow Officer, Tahni Cottrell! Tahni has been working in our Rexburg, Idaho office for the past 6 months and has already done wonders for the branch.

Tahni enjoys getting to know not only her Alliance teammates but also Alliance’s customers and the real estate community! Of the Alliance Core Values, “Teamwork” is Tahni’s favorite pick. She explains, “Without your team you are limited. Look at all the knowledge your team has and how that benefits your customers!”

When she’s not working hard in the office, Tahni loves to spend time with her boys – whether that’s through playing sports, going camping, or going four wheeling! In her spare time, she also loves to teach the violin.

When asked whom she admires, Tahni thinks of her grandmother. Tahni illustrates, “My grandmother has always been the one who makes sure everyone is greeted. Sometimes it takes you out of your comfort zone, but at the end of the day, you just met some amazing people you wouldn’t have known.”

“You don’t have to practice every day, just only on the days that you eat,” by Dr. Suzuki, is her go-to mantra. She loves the quote because the reaction she gets from her violin students is priceless! “Honestly, you can apply this simple concept to anything in life – if you want to get something done, just do it!”

Now that you’ve gotten to know Tahni a little more, stop by Alliance Title’s Rexburg branch and write them in on your next transaction! Tahni looks forward to helping make your home closing a simple and smooth experience.

Tahni Cottrell – Escrow Officer at Alliance’s Rexburg Branch
130 E Main St., 83440
208.356.9323
tahni.cottrell@alliancetitle.com

Employee Spotlight – Stacy Woods

We’re excited to announce that our newest Alliance employee spotlight goes to none other than Stacy Woods! Stacy is a Business Development Representative in our Nampa, Idaho branch. Stacy is a 10 year veteran with us and she thrives on meeting new people and watching our company grow!

Stacy is responsible for growing market share and developing client relationships.

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Teamwork” is Stacy’s go to. She explains, “I would choose teamwork as my favorite, because without my team there would be no success.”

Outside the office, Stacy enjoys spending time with her family, as well as spending time riding and showing her horse. She’s always down for anything outside!

When it comes to admiration, she looks to her mother. Stacy illustrates, “My mom taught me that hard work and honesty pays off.”

Stacy’s favorite quote, “Opportunities don’t happen. You have to create them,” is something she tries to live by. Stacy chooses this as her mantra, because it shows that hard work can create opportunities – something her mom has also shown her.

Now that you’ve gotten to know Stacy a little more, stop by Alliance Title’s Nampa branch and write them in on your next transaction! Stacy looks forward to helping make your home closing a simple and smooth experience.

Stacy Woods – Business Development Representative at Alliance’s Nampa Branch
1005 W Sanetta St., 83651
208.465.6600
stacy_woods@alliancetitle.com

Employee Spotlight – Melanie Morrison

Our newest employee spotlight goes to Title Officer, Melanie Morrison! Having been with the Idaho Falls, Idaho branch for the past 16 months, Melanie has enjoyed working with customers and has strived to provide them with great customer service by delivering an accurate, timely product.

Melanie examines, searches, and services orders, as well as assists with Recording and Policy Set-up.

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Integrity” is Melanie’s favorite pick. She explains, “I believe it is important to always do the right thing. It is important to be able to work and make choices independently that will have a positive influence and reflection on the company. This is important to our work ethic as well as in how we treat our customers and co-workers.”

Outside the office, Melanie and her family enjoy camping, boating, and having barbecues together. You might also spot Melanie baking, cake decorating, sewing, or traveling with her youngest daughter for dance competitions. 

Melanie loves to spend time with her five children, her son-in-law, and daughter-in-law. She’s also incredibly excited and looking forward to making memories with her first granddaughter to be born this August!

When asked about her favorite quote, Melanie recites, “It’s not about what happened to you, it’s about how you handle it.” Melanie believes that “we all have difficult things that are thrown at us at different times in our lives. I believe that it is important to try to remain positive and to focus on the blessings we have in our lives.”

Now that you’ve gotten to know Melanie a little more, stop by Alliance Title’s Idaho Falls branch and write them in on your next transaction! Melanie looks forward to helping make your home closing a smooth and positive experience.

Melanie Morrison – Title Officer at Alliance’s Idaho Falls Branch
3240 S Woodruff Ave., 83404
208.524.5600
melanie.morrison@alliancetitle.com

Employee spotlight – Autumn Cannon

Our Title Officer III and North Region Production Manager, Autumn Cannon, is our newest Alliance Title Employee Spotlight! Our Coeur d’Alene branch has been lucky to have her these past 14 years.

Autumn searches, examines, and services files for Kootenai and Shoshone Counties. She also manages the day-to-day title production for the North Idaho and Montana branches – needless to say, she’s quite the busy bee. Autumn truly enjoys the people she works with and the sense of accomplishment that each day brings.

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Teamwork” is Autumn’s top choice. She explains, “It takes the entire team to facilitate a successful transaction from beginning to end. Alone we would fail, but together we can accomplish anything!”

Continuing the theme of teamwork, Autumn also explains how she appreciates her coworkers: “I admire the team that I work with, and my manager, Jack Wheir, for ‘putting up’ with every one of us!”

When she’s not working hard in the office, Autumn loves spending quality time with her family – whether that’s through summer barbecues, camping, fishing, or swimming.

Autumn’s favorite saying comes from Charles Swindoll: “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past, we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” Autumn strongly believes that the last sentence really explains it all.

Now that you’ve gotten to know Autumn a little more, stop by Alliance Title’s Coeur d’Alene branch and write them in on your next transaction! Autumn looks forward to helping make your home closing a smooth and positive experience.

Autumn Cannon – Title Officer III and North Region Production Manager at Alliance’s Coeur d’Alene branch
2157 N Main St., 83814
208.667.3402
autumn_cannon@alliancetitle.com

Employee spotlight – Bonnie Orr

Bonnie Orr is our newest Alliance Title Employee Spotlight! Having worked within the industry for the past 18 years, Bonnie is the officer you want working on your transactions.

Bonnie is located in our Clarkston, WA branch, and is our Title Officer III. She undergoes title examinations and works with customer service in the office. Bonnie loves the differences between each file – titles turn into puzzles, which make it fun!

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Service” is Bonnie’s top pick. She explains, “Service is the most important thing to all of our customers. In this world of digital service, direct contact with a person that will help you is so essential to customer service satisfaction; we offer that.”

When asked whom she admires, Bonnie has a hard time picking just one: “I admire many people. I admire my boss, Tami Randall. She is a hard-working woman, and she sets the standard high for all of us with her work ethic.”

Outside of work, Bonnie loves to spend time with family. Her three grandchildren, four sons, and husband, all enjoy taking walks with the dogs, painting, or following LCSC Women’s basketball. As Bonnie puts it, “a wonderful, pretty simple life.”

Bonnie’s favorite quote, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference,” by Reinhold Niebuhr, is used as her daily reminder. Bonnie illustrates, “This world has gotten pretty crazy, and I think we all need to remember this for peace of mind.”

Now that you’ve gotten to know Bonnie a little more, stop by Alliance Title’s Clarkston branch and write them in on your next transaction! Bonnie looks forward to helping make your home closing a wonderful and positive experience.

Bonnie Orr – Title Officer III at Alliance’s Clarkston Branch
735 5th St., 99403
509.758.2549
bonnie_orr@alliancetitle.com

Employee Spotlight – Jennifer Kunz

Jennifer Kunz is our newest Alliance Title Employee Spotlight! Working in real estate for 13 years prior to joining our team, Jennifer is currently an Escrow Assistant for our Driggs, ID branch. Jennifer assists with greeting customers, completing lenders’ requests, and accomplishing general escrow assistant tasks!

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Integrity” is Jennifer’s top choice. She explains, “I believe in being honest; that is the most important thing for our customers. They need to know they can count on us.”

Aside from helping clients achieve their real estate goals, Jennifer truly loves how her job allows her to keep growing: “I love that I seem to learn something new every day and that every transaction is different from the last.”

When she needs inspiration and guidance, she looks to her grandmother. Jennifer illustrates, “she is hard working and never says an unkind word about anyone.”

Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys winding down in her garden, or relaxing by jumping into a good book.

Jennifer’s favorite quote, “if you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need,” by Roman philosopher, Cicero, is what she tries to live by.

Now that you’ve gotten to know Jennifer a little more, stop by Alliance Title’s Driggs branch and write them in on your next transaction! Jennifer looks forward to helping make your home closing an exciting and positive experience.

Jennifer Kunz – Escrow Assistant at Alliance’s Driggs Branch
78 N Main St., 83422
208.354.2285
jennifer.kunz@alliancetitle.com


Employee Spotlight – Jared Janke

Jared Janke is our Assistant Vice President and Sales Manager in Alliance Title’s Coeur d’Alene, Idaho office. He has brought 12 incredible years to the branch and we couldn’t be more thankful! Jared’s responsibilities include business development, increasing market share, bringing in new business, and managing business development representatives in other surrounding branches.

Jared truly enjoys being involved in the local community and getting to meet so many people. Assisting lenders, realtors, and builders to help them succeed is something he aims for everyday!

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Integrity” is Jared’s top pick. He explains, “I strive to be successful in our market; however, I constantly challenge myself to do it the right way. Work hard, provide service for our customers, and be true to who I am at the same time. I will do what I say I am going to do.”

When it comes to choosing someone he appreciate and respects, Jared looks to whom he’s surrounded by: “I admire good parents, good teachers, good coaches – I admire these folks because they mold our children and have a huge impact on our communities.”

When Jared’s not working hard in the office, you’ll probably spot him enjoying time in the great outdoors! He enjoys hunting, fishing, and camping – anything that involves being outside. He also loves watching his daughter play volleyball and softball with her travel teams!

Jared’s favorite quote, “It’s not how hard you hit, it’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward,” is something he believes represents true life: “Life can be tough and there will be times when we all feel like giving up or quitting or stopping. The winners in life will pick themselves up and get right back after it!”

Now that you’ve gotten to know Jared a little more, stop by Alliance Title’s Coeur d’Alene branch and write them in on your next transaction! Jared looks forward to helping make your home closing an exciting and positive experience.

Jared Janke – Assistant Vice President-Sales Manager at Alliance’s Coeur d’Alene Branch
2157 N Main St., 83814
208.667.3402
jared.janke@alliancetitle.com

Employee Spotlight – Hannah Gardner

Hannah Gardner is an Escrow Assistant for Alliance Title’s Sandpoint, Idaho branch. Although she is relatively new to the industry, Hannah is a quick learner and has become a wonderful addition to the team!

Hannah helps the escrow officers in gathering information needed to complete their closings and assisting with funding their files after recording. Her favorite part about working in the industry is being the one to bring such positive news to a future homeowner. Hannah explains, “I love when I get to break the news to a first-time homebuyer that their purchase has recorded. They always sound excited and grateful; it’s good to feel like I’m a part of one of the most important moments of their lives.”

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Integrity” is Hannah’s favorite. She further illustrates, “Our clients need to know their transactions are in safe, impartial, honest hands. If you and your office have a reputation for honesty, then the rest takes care of itself. I love that many of our Alliance offices are based in smaller communities, but just remember how quickly word travels in small towns!”

When it comes to admiration, Hannah immediately thinks of her brave and wonderful grandmother. Her grandmother had escaped the bombing in England during World War II by fleeing to the United States with her family. Although she had to completely start over in a new and strange country, she still managed to graduate from college with a degree in bacteriology and managed her own jewelry shop for many years. Hannah believes “she has always been a resourceful, intelligent, and independent woman. I can only hope to be like her!”

Outside the office, you can find Hannah practicing her writing skills or falling deeper into a new book. In the summers, she likes to hike and camp in the Selkirk Range and continue her tradition of running the Bloomsday race in Spokane, Washington with her best friend.

Eleanor Roosevelt’s famous quote, “well behaved women rarely make history,” helps with Hanna’s vision board: “This quote always reminds me that if you have a dream, you should chase it no matter what people tell you. Did Amelia Earhart smother her dreams of flight because she thought people would disapprove? Not at all! Of course she wound up disappearing in a flying accident, but that’s another story.”

Now that you’ve gotten to know Hannah a little more, stop by Alliance Title’s Sandpoint branch to write them in on your next transaction! Hannah looks forward to helping make your home closing a wonderful and positive experience.

Hannah Gardner – Escrow Assistant at Alliance’s Sandpoint Branch
105 Pine St., 83864
208.263.2125
Hanna.gardner@alliancetitle.com

Employee Spotlight – Teri Hays

Teri Hays is Alliance Title’s Senior Escrow Officer at our Nampa, Idaho location. Having been with Alliance for nine years, Teri has become an invaluable member of the team. She originally started in Fruitland before moving to Rigby for a month, then to Nampa where she has currently been for the past six years.

Teri is responsible for closing on real estate transactions and working with builders, buyers, sellers, realtors, lenders, and developers. She loves the interaction with buyers and sellers in the closing room – she further explains, “It is so fun helping buyers get their new home. I never had fun in the closing room whenever I purchased a house, so from day one I always wanted the closing room to be a place that clients can relax and have fun, yet still understand what they are signing.”

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Trust and Respect” are Teri’s top picks. To her, striving for each party to understand the documents that they’re signing, and for them to trust her and her work is of the upmost importance.

When asked whom she admires, Teri points to her mother. She explains, “My mother was raised out in the middle of nowhere and left home when she was 15 because of abuse from her stepfather. She escaped, got married, and had three kids by the time she was 21. She went on to work hard and eventually became the manager of the Home Federal Savings Nampa branch. She’s been happily married to my father for 61 years and still loves life. She didn’t give up when life got hard, but pushed through and made herself an amazing person.”

Outside of the office, you can find Teri spending time with her family and their dog, Sky. Teri and her husband have nine grandchildren who are all very active in sports, or show Angus Cattle across the Midwest. When they aren’t cheering on their grandchildren, they also love to go camping.

She and her husband also have a huge garden with 12 hens, so if you ever need eggs, just give Teri a call!

Teri’s favorite quote, “When life throws you down, get up, brush off, and figure it out,” is something she tries to stick by. Teri explains, “Even hard times lead us to where we are trying to get to.”

Now that you’ve gotten to know Teri a little more, stop by Alliance Title’s Nampa branch to write them in on your next transaction! Teri looks forward to helping make your home closing a wonderful and positive experience.

Teri Hays – Senior Escrow Officer at Alliance’s Nampa Branch
1005 W Sanetta St., 83651
208.465.6600
Teri_hays@alliancetitle.com