Employee Spotlight – Michael Benke

We’ve got a new employee spotlight! Let’s all applaud Michael Benke!

Michael is a Business Development Representative for our Lewiston and Clarkston branches. He is responsible for customer service, public relations, marketing, and building strong relationships with our clients and customers. Having been with us for three years, Michael has been a wonderful addition to the team!

As a Business Development Rep, Michael enjoys being able to interact and get to know a wide variety of clients in the industry and the communities. Michael explains, “Everyone has their own story and reasons for how they operate; it’s interesting to learn what drives people, what makes them happy, and how they measure success.”

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Teamwork” is Michael’s go-to. He illustrates, “There are so many moving parts and so many people working hard to bring a great experience to our customers, that it takes a strong and unified team to be able to provide service at a high level.”

When he’s not working hard in the office, Michael makes sure to spend quality time with his family and friends. He likes to unwind by playing golf, watching sports, and traveling to different destinations.

Michael’s favorite quote, “No sense in crying over spilled milk,” is something he tries to remember during the stressful times. He believes, “how we react and handle adversity and not worrying about things that aren’t in our control are important in our day-to-day activities!”

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

Michael Benke – Business Development Representative at Alliance’s Lewiston and Clarkston Branches
Lewiston
1455 G st., Ste. 102, ID, 83501
Clarkston
735 5th St., WA, 99403
208-790-0278
michael.benke@alliancetitle.com

Employee Spotlight – Kathryn Newbold

Please give a round of applause for our newest employee spotlight, Kathryn Newbold!

Kathryn is an Escrow Assistant for our Nampa, Idaho branch. She is responsible for funding files, ordering assessments, clearing title, completing lender order requests, helping work up files, and anything else her escrow officers need her to do.

As an escrow assistant, Kathryn loves the problem solving that goes into her job and how it helps clients buy their dream home. She enjoys being a part of the process from start to finish – she stops at nothing to make sure the transaction goes smoothly!

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Teamwork” is Kathryn’s favorite. She explains, “I have really wonderful coworkers in my office. Every day we help each other out and problem solve – whether it’s for our own files or not. I think that’s something that our clients love about us as well. If they call or come into our office, and their escrow officer or assistant isn’t available, someone is always willing to jump in and help.”

Outside of work, Kathryn unwinds from the day by stepping into her soccer cleats; she has grown up playing soccer, and still plays to this day with her family and husband. Kathryn also has a passion for photography, as well as going on walks or hiking with her husband and their three dogs.

When asked whom she admires most, Kathryn thinks of her mother and her husband. She illustrates, “My mother was a single mom to four girls and taught us how to be self-sufficient and work for what we want in life. Second would be my husband. I know it sounds a little cheesy, but it’s true. I’ve known him for 13 years and he has always believed in me and has helped push me to follow my dreams and become the best person I can be.”

Kathryn’s favorite quote, “Doing your best does not mean working yourself to the point of a mental breakdown,” is something she tries to live by. She reminds herself that “we are only human and we need to be kind to ourselves – mistakes can always be fixed.”

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

Kathryn Newbold – Escrow Assistant at Alliance’s Nampa Branch
1005 W Sanetta St, 83651
208.465.6600
kathryn.newbold@alliancetitle.com

Employee Spotlight – Karen Knapp

Karen Knapp is our newest employee spotlight!

Karen is a Title Officer at our Twin Falls, Idaho office after originally starting with Alliance as a Policy Typist. When she began training to become a Title Officer, Karen fell in love with the searching portion of the job – which continues to be her favorite part of her day!

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Integrity” is Karen’s top pick. She explains, “I feel that without this within the company, a company would fail and the other core values of Alliance would not be possible.”

When outside the office, Karen loves to plan upcoming travels and spend time with her family and friends. Karen shares, “I love seeing new things. My favorite place to visit is the ocean.”

When asked whom she admires most, Karen can’t help but think of her father. She believed that “he was the most encouraging and kind mind that you could ever imagine.”

Karen’s favorite quote comes from Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” She explains, “Life is a journey with lots of challenges along the way. This always reminds me that I am not alone through these challenges and that with God you can get through anything.”

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

Karen Knapp – Title Officer at Alliance’s Twin Falls Branch
1411 Falls Ave. E, Ste. 1315, 83301
208.733.8014
karen.knapp@alliancetitle.com

Employee spotlight – Liliana Soto

We’ve got a new super star – Liliana Soto! Liliana is our Escrow Assistant located in Nampa, Idaho. Having been with Alliance for a year and six months, Liliana is a confident and wonderful employee to have on the team.

Liliana truly loves how rewarding her job is. She explains, “We are a part of someone else’s journey – whether it is buying a new home, buying their second home, selling, or even refinancing, we get to be a part of it and it is amazing when you get to call your customers and let them know ‘we’re recorded’ – and then hear the excitement and happiness in their voice.”

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Teamwork” is Liliana’s top choice. “I have an amazing team, and I am so thankful I get to work with such amazing people who are so knowledgeable and helpful.”

Outside of the office, Liliana enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her cute pups. She also likes to go on walks, go shopping, or take fun trips.

When asked whom she admires, Liliana thinks of her parents. She explains, “I admire my parents for pushing me to do better, to work hard, and to be independent.”

Liliana’s favorite quote, “the comeback is always stronger than the setback,” is something she tries to remind herself of. Liliana further explains, “This is my favorite quote because it’s a reminder that no matter what you go through, you will get through it as a better and stronger person.”

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

Liliana Soto – Escrow Officer at Alliance’s Nampa Branch
1005 W Sanetta St., 83651
208.465.6600
Liliana.soto@alliancetitle.com

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