North American Title Hires Industry Veteran to Direct National Commercial Division

July 22, 2014

North American Title Co. hired John Shafer to direct the company’s new national commercial division.

During his 35-year career, Shafer has worked for several major, national title underwriters in operations management and business development on a national and regional scope.

"With the opening of our Manhattan National Commercial office and the addition of a well-regarded industry veteran like John Shafer to our National Commercial team, we continue to achieve our goal of expanding our presence into the national commercial space," said Tom Fischer, president, North American Title Group. "John will help coordinate and execute our national commercial strategy and leverage the services of our many commercial title teams across the country for the benefit of our local, regional and national commercial title customers."

As senior vice president, Eastern division manager for United General Title Insurance Co., a subsidiary of First American Corp., Shafer was responsible for overseeing operations and business development for the area covering New England south along the East Coast. He increased market share and profitability in established operations in New York, Maryland, Georgia, Florida and Washington, D.C.. Shafer also created profitable operations in new markets, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina and Rhode Island.

Prior to his time at United General, Shafer also served as vice president, regional manager for Chicago Title Insurance Co. in its Northeast region, where he specifically reengineered the New York commercial operation covering New York and Connecticut. As Southeast regional manager, Shafer was responsible for Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Puerto Rico, where he coordinated multi-state operations and restructured Florida state operations.