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

Employee Spotlight – Jeanne Fagg

Jeanne Fagg is an Escrow Officer for Alliance Title’s Driggs, ID branch. Jeanne has worked within the title and escrow industry since 1993 – first as an assistant, until she was able to become licensed in 1998 and worked as an Escrow Officer in Utah. She then moved over to Alliance Title in 2013, where she has been invaluable to Alliance Title since!

Because the Driggs office is a smaller branch, Jeanne is the only Escrow Officer and therefore completes 100% of the closings, doc prep, funding, etc. She is also responsible for training two of her awesome assistants and managing the work flow of the office. Jeanne loves her team and considers them family. When it comes to her clients, Jeanne loves being able to meet people in all aspects of life and help them move into their next stage of life.

Of the Alliance Core Values, Jeanne’s favorite is “Integrity.”  She explains, “This is a crazy, insane business. I can’t really think of any other career that touches on so many different aspects of a transaction. That being said, I am human and bound to make mistakes, but if I am practicing integrity I can fix or manage them without too much trouble. I am who I am, and will do my best to do what I promise I will do. It’s important to me that my clients know that.”

Her role model? Jeanne looks to Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen “manages to be funny and real in the face of a lot of pressure.”

When she’s not working hard in the office, Jeanne truly loves to spend time with her family. She also enjoys cooking, hosting parties, reading, dancing, singing, and laughing.

Jeanne’s favorite quote, “Be kind to one another,” by Ellen Degeneres, is something she tries to live her life by – as Jeanne puts it simply, “because we should.”

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

Jeanne Fagg – Escrow Officer at Alliance’s Driggs Branch
78 N Main St, 83422
208.354.2285
Jeanne_fagg@alliancetitle.com

Employee Spotlight – Ingrid Davis

Ingrid Davis is Alliance Title’s Senior Advisory Title Officer for the Emerald Centralized Title Services (CTS) branch in Boise, Idaho. Having spent the last 14 years with Alliance, Ingrid has become an integral part of the team – and we are so lucky to have her! Ingrid works with national accounts, assists and advises clients/lenders on how to clear curative items, handles clients/lenders requests for revisions, proofs title commitment for accuracy prior to distribution, and reviews documents for insurability.

Working with Alliance since 2005, Ingrid still believes there is always something new to learn: “between the team’s combined experience and the resources available to us, we are always working together to find different resolutions to unusual situations.” Not only does Ingrid appreciate the continued growth in the industry, but she also enjoys working with customers from across the country.

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Service” has become Ingrid’s favorite. She explains, “A person who takes pride in what they do will always go the extra mile to provide great service. Being in the service industry, we need to excel and always go above and beyond the customer’s expectations in order to stand out. It is what sets us apart from the competition. I believe in taking pride in a job well done.”

When asked whom she admires most, Ingrid makes no hesitation in talking about her mom. She illustrates that “my mom has the biggest heart and is extremely generous. I truly believe that she is one of the most wonderful persons in the world. So lucky to have been blessed with the best mom.”

Make no mistake, Ingrid is an incredibly diligent employee. But when she’s not working hard in the office, Ingrid loves to spend time reading and watching movies. She also enjoys traveling, visiting family and friends, or going shopping with her siblings.

Ingrid’s favorite quote, “You can quack like a duck or soar like an eagle,” is something her mom used to say everyday while she was growing up. Ingrid “believes this applies to our work world. People can accomplish great things without having to make a big deal about it and letting the whole world know what they’re doing.”

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

Ingrid Davis – Senior Advisory Title Officer at Emerald CTS Branch in Boise
9465 W Emerald, Ste. 120, 83704
208.378.1666
Ingrid_davis@alliancetitle.com

Employee Spotlight – Brianna Valpey

Brianna Valpey is a Title Assistant for Alliance Title’s Lewiston, ID office. Having been with Alliance Title for the past two years, Brianna is eager to always have the opportunity to learn something new in her line of work and understand each property’s history. Brianna helps with recordings, title exams, and customer service requests, as well as completing profiles and order entries for both Lewiston and Clarkston branches.

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Teamwork” is Brianna’s number one choice. She explains, “The people I work with are very important to me; to be able to laugh and get along so well with my coworkers makes a huge difference in how well we can serve our customers. Not only that, but it also shows how much I look forward to coming into work – I know I can count on the people I work with.”

When asked whom she admires most, Brianna looks to her parents. She illustrates that her parents “are hard workers and do everything they can to help the people around them. They’ve helped me become the person that I am today.”

Outside of the office, Brianna loves to be with her family and friends. She also enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and their pets, Keelie, Liz, and Fiona. In her free time, you can find Brianna reading books and comics, as well as testing her baking skills.

Brianna’s favorite quote, “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on,” by Robert Frost, is something she tries to remind herself of. She points out that “you can’t always change what happened before, but you can learn from it and improve and keep moving forward.”

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

Brianna Valpey – Title Assistant at Alliance’s Lewiston Branch
1455 G St. Ste. 102, 83501
208.743.8541
Brianna.valpey@alliancetitle.com

Employee Spotlight – Jan Clemons

The past two years Jan Clemons has been an employee for Alliance Title’s Driggs branch have been a monumental success for the team! As an Escrow Assistant for Driggs, Jan helps direct phone calls, clear title, prepare disbursements, and help Escrow Officers with anything they might need.

Her favorite part of the job comes from the legal aspect; previously working as a Legal Assistant for 20 years, Jan has experience that has proven its worth. Jan explains, “The industry is so different. There have been instances where my legal background has come in handy. I still have a lot to learn, but I am enjoying learning new things.”

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Integrity” is Jan’s go-to pick. She illustrates, “I have a magnet I see every day that says ‘Integrity is doing the right thing even when nobody is watching.’ I try really hard to be a good example for my children to always be honest.”

When Jan is needing strength and motivation, she immediately thinks of her daughter. Her 15 year-old has had a long list of medical problems – but Jan explains that “she is really brave and rarely complains about all the procedures and doctor visits she has endured.”

When she’s not working hard in the office, Jan loves spending time with her husband and children. Reading, crafting, or watching baseball and football are some of the few ways she unwinds from the day.

Jan’s favorite quote, “We have to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, and work. Or waffles, friends, work. But work has to come third,” from the Parks and Rec character, Leslie Knope, is a wonderful mantra to remind yourself to stay positive. Jan concludes, “I love that T.V. show, and I love Leslie Knope. After working so many years in an office setting, I can relate to it on so many levels!”

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

Jan Clemons – Escrow Assistant at Alliance’s Driggs Branch
78 N Main St., 83422
208.354.2285
Jan.clemons@alliancetitle.com

Employee Spotlight – Kassandra Stecklein

Alliance Title’s Blackfoot, ID branch has been lucky to have Kassandra Stecklein as an Escrow Officer for the past 5 years! Her responsibilities include clearing title and preparing and conducting closings. Kassandra loves helping clients sign on new purchases – to her, being involved with getting clients into their new home is incredibly rewarding!

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Teamwork” is Kassandra’s top choice. She explains that, “teamwork is so important in everyday life as well as in the workplace. Trying to work solo in our line of work is almost impossible! Without my coworkers, I honestly don’t know what I would do! Whether it’s jumping in and taking a phone call, preparing documents, or solving a huge puzzle – together, we make it work!”

When Kassandra is needing inspiration, she looks to her grandpa LaVerelle for direction. To Kassandra, her grandfather brings joy and happiness to her life. She illustrates, “he is wise beyond measure and one of the hardest workers I know. If I am ever in a situation where I don’t know what to do, I look to him for guidance. And if I’m ever in need of a good laugh, he’s my go to guy!”

After working hard in the office, Kassandra enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her three-legged dog, Chief! Loving to spend time outdoors, Kassandra finds that she spends most of her time around her family’s farm – whether it’s in the shop, checking water, or spoiling her cattle!

Kassandra’s favorite quote, “Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better,” comes from Walt Disney. Kassandra goes on to explain, “I worry about everything, so sometimes I have to take a step back and realize there’s no reason for it!”

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

Kassandra Stecklein – Escrow Officer at Alliance’s Blackfoot Branch
246 W Pacific St., Ste. A, 83221
208.785.4573
Kassandra_stecklein@alliancetitle.com

Employee Spotlight – Ashley Houweling

Ashley Houweling has been a Business Development Representative for Alliance’s Nampa, ID branch for the past two and a half years! Her responsibilities include cultivating and maintaining relationships with clientele and the community they serve. Ashley truly enjoys getting to know her customers and hearing about their experiences – including their successes and challenges. Helping her clients brainstorm and come up with ideas to combat the challenges they face is something Ashley strives to accomplish. With a total of 13 years in the real estate industry, it’s safe to say that Ashley knows her stuff.

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Trust and Respect” are Ashley’s go to picks. She explains that, “these two values go hand-in-hand and are necessary for any business or personal relationship to succeed and flourish.”

When asked whom she admires most, Ashley looks to her grandparents – “They have always been the backbone of our family with an unwavering love for all their children and grandchildren. They have overcome some great obstacles in their day and have managed to do so with a grateful heart and quiet strength.”

Outside of the office, Ashley enjoys horseback riding, farming, fishing, hunting and relaxing with family and friends. Her most recent pride and joy comes from her and her husband’s new baby, Cassidy Mae!

Ashley’s favorite quote, “It is not the length of life, but the depth,” comes from Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Ashley goes on to explain, “I have enjoyed many quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson ever since I was introduced to him in middle school, and this one in particular has always stuck with me. It’s a reminder that it is not about quantity, but quality. I find that to be applicable in many aspects of life.”

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

Ashley Houweling – Business Development Representative at Alliance’s Nampa Branch
1005 W Sanetta St 83651
208.465.6600
Ashley_houweling@alliancetitle.com

Employee Spotlight – Stacy Woods

Stacy Woods has been a Business Development Representative for Alliance Title’s Nampa, ID branch for the past nine years! Stacy is responsible for growing Alliance Title’s business and market share for the Canyon County; she truly enjoys helping new agents grow their network and connecting them with experienced lenders. Stacy appreciates Alliance’s encouragement in her involvement with the community – she is currently sitting as a Chamber Ambassador.

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Integrity” is Stacy’s top choice. She explains, “This core value is one of the many reasons I work for Alliance – they put integrity above and beyond even during the fluctuating market.”

Stacy looks to her family when she needs strength and advice. When asked whom she admires, Stacy’s grandfather comes to mind. She exemplifies that “he taught me honesty and that hard work pays off.” While her grandfather gave her wonderful advice, her husband and daughters give her warmth and light. Stacy has been married to her husband for twenty-four years, and they have two beautiful daughters that they are both extremely proud of. Her oldest is a senior at the University of Idaho, and her youngest is a senior at Homedale High School.

Outside of the office, Stacy enjoys horseback riding, traveling, going to football games, and being with her family.

Stacy’s favorite quote, “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather, is a lack of will,” by Vince Lombardi, is something she tries to apply in her daily life. Stacy explains, “I like this quote because I have always considered myself the underdog; however, I have always had the will to overcome any obstacles that have gotten in my way.”

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

 

Stacy Woods – Business Development Rep. III at Alliance Title’s Nampa Branch.
1005 W Sanetta St., 83651
208.465.6600
Stacy_woods@alliancetitle.com