Shelley Hill has been involved in the title industry for over thirty years, having started in 1977 after attending Stephen F. Austin State University. She specializes in both residential and commercial transactions.
Shelley's clients appreciate her outgoing nature, her professionalism, and her prompt and efficient response to their needs. She understands the importance of helping everyone make the best impression possible.
Shelley is extremely interested and involved in her community, serving as a Director on the Board of the Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce for five years and on the Board of the Dr. Pound Pioneer Farmstead Museum for three years, where she chaired their fundraising gala and helped it to achieve the most successful fundraising effort in more than six years.
When not closing transactions Shelley and her husband love spending time at their Hill Country home enjoying the beautiful view and entertaining. She also enjoys spending time with her son and his family, traveling and bicycling.
Samantha is an experienced escrow officer who began her career in the title industry right after graduating from the University of Texas in 2002. Starting as the receptionist, Samantha caught on quickly and was adeptly closing transactions in less than a year.
Well known for being reliable, professional, knowledgeable, and responsive, Samantha is also extremely personable, thorough, efficient, resourceful and a great team player. With a knack for thinking outside the box, Samantha finds ways to accommodate her clients’ needs so that everyone walks away from the closing table having enjoyed a great experience. She especially enjoys participating in residential purchases and always makes sure that it’s an exciting and positive experience for the home buyer.
Samantha is experienced in a broad range of closings including 1031 exchanges, investors, commercial and residential, builders, refinance, and construction loans. She enjoys new experiences and always appreciates the opportunity to learn something new. She especially enjoys residential purchases and always makes sure that it’s an exciting and positive experience for the home buyer.
When not working, Samantha enjoys spending time with her family, which includes three active young children who love participating in basketball, soccer and flag football. She is passionate about exercising and finds running and boxing to be her two personal favorites. Samantha also enjoys traveling and a trip to Paris, France to relive her time abroad after college teaching adults English is on her future to-do list.
With over 35 years in the title industry, Dawn Neill is an outstanding senior escrow officer who is recognized for her extensive knowledge and professional expertise. Dawn began her career with Chicago Title/American Title where she served for over 22 years. She joined Capital Title eight years ago and serves as Senior Vice President.
As a native Texan, Dawn has an in-depth understanding of Texas title law. She specializes in both commercial, as well as residential transactions and is highly respected for her quality service, attention to detail and professionalism.
Monica Middleton is a proud second generation Austinite and graduate of the University of Texas. As a title officer, Monica brings 20 years of experience in the industry to every transaction. It is safe to say she has seen it all and has knowledge about all kinds of transactions - everything from raw land deals to billboard signs.
Monica’s attention to detail, calmness during a crisis and her in depth experience with all aspects of closing a deal including her unique expertise with title insurance rate rules and endorsements make her an invaluable resource to her clients. Her most complex transaction was a commercial loan involving 40 restaurants in more than 20 different counties.
Monica has been recognized as a top producer for many years. She was inducted into The Achiever’s Club for a nationwide company.
Monica’s life outside of work is quite busy as she tries to keep up with her husband, who is an extreme sport participant, and her three lovely boys, who eat, sleep and breathe everything sports. She is very blessed to have such a loving family with whom she spends as much time as possible.
Joe has been in the title business for 30 plus years. He began his career in El Paso as a Runner and since that time has worked in all facets of the title industry, including Title Policy Writer, Title Examiner, Underwriting and Management. There isn’t a question he can’t answer, a solution that he won’t find, or a transaction for which he won’t “bend over backwards”. His patience, knowledge and high “customer service spirit” has made him the top producer for Capital Title.
Allen Shindler has been working in the title insurance industry since the late 1980’s. His interest in the real estate industry started at an early age as his father began his own Houston brokerage and development company in 1957. He pursued these interests further after his college graduation from the University of Texas in 1981. He began work in construction and development before joining the title industry, where he gained experience in various aspects of the title insurance industry from business development to corporate facilities management and eventually earned his way into executive management positions.
As a principal in American International Real Estate, Mr. Shindler has been very active in the identification, evaluation and acquisition of commercial real estate assets including retail, apartments, manufactured housing communities, mini-storage and bank notes.
Mr. Shindler was a founding member and Chairman of the Board of Alliant National Title; a fast growing regional underwriter for several years. He has been a board member for the Texas Land Title Association (TLTA) and served on various committees for them. He actively participates in legislative issues relative to the title industry, demonstrating his commitment and willingness to be personally involved with industry concerns. Additionally, Mr. Shindler has served as a board member for Title Data, Inc. and was a founding board member of the AmeriPoint Foundation, a foundation created to support causes that benefit women and children across Texas. He is also currently serving on the board of Texas Center for the Missing, coordinator of the Houston Regional Amber Alert, a nonprofit organization dedicated to child safety education and to offering help, and hope, to the missing and their families. He has been an active member of River Oaks Country Club since 1979, a member of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, and has coached Little League sports for 27 years in Houston, Texas, where he resides with his wife, Mary, and their three children, Will, Mary Catherine and Dillon. When out of the office, Mr. Shindler is very active in real estate investing, cattle ranching, and enjoys hunting, fishing and golf.
Chris is a Dallas-Fort Worth native and currently resides in North Dallas. Chris started his career with the focus to migrate into the medical realm, to utilize his skills in advanced math and science studies. Being around Title Insurance all his life, Chris ultimately decided follow the lead of several close relatives, who have continuously held senior management positions across the industry. Having worked for major market competitors in his nearly 15 years of service in the Title Insurance Industry, Chris has chosen the Corporate Headquarters of Capital Title of Texas, LLC (Capital Title) as his professional platform.
Chris has an innate ability to deliver a high level of satisfaction as has been shown by his tremendous past success in the Title Insurance Industry. With incredibly early career accomplishments such as serving on the senior management team for a national title insurance service company, corporate compliance, loss mitigation & claims, he now oversees the daily operations of Corporate-Mitchell Region for Capital Title. His knowledge and experience is a valuable addition to Capital Title.
Chris is careful to ensure his unique skill set and knowledge is always made available to his clients, which attributes to an impeccable customer service satisfaction rating. He partially attributes his success to his ability to directly relate to every aspect of the title insurance industry. From his early years as an intern, to his more recent years in closing residential and major commercial multi-site pad development projects for various “Big Box” Retail and Technology chains, he has truly become the image of the next generation of Hybrid Title Insurance Professionals. Chris is truly well versed in both Residential and Commercial Real Estate Transactions!
Chris’ personality will engage you, his devotion will inspire you, and his knowledge of the real estate and title insurance industries will impress you! Chris is a licensed MCE instructor and holds an instructors license with the Texas Department of Insurance for CE hours.
Chris, in his volunteer efforts, has been involved in such organizations as March of Dimes Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Turtle Creek Association and MetroTex Young Professionals Network as their 2010 Director of Public Relations/Communications and the Frontiers of Flight Museum.
Barry has been practicing commercial real estate law since 1981 when he began his career with Locke, Purnell, Boren, Laney & Neely. He started out representing lenders making commercial loans for acquisition, development and construction. Later Barry represented developers of office buildings, shopping centers, apartments and condominiums. After working in-house for one of his clients, Barry established his own law practice to represent individuals and small businesses in real estate leasing and acquisitions. In 2016 Barry moved into the title insurance business in his hometown of Lubbock, but after a year he realized that he much preferred commercial sales, purchases and refinancing and returned to Dallas and Capital Title.
A true Texas native, Barry grew up in Lubbock, went to school in Austin, and has been in the Dallas area ever since. He received both his BBA degree (with highest honors) and his Doctor of Jurisprudence (with honors) from the University of Texas in Austin. He has been a member of the State Bar of Texas since 1981.
Barry is known for being responsive and persistent, as well as for his ability to analyze and cut through real estate legal issues to find solutions for his clients.
What Barry likes most about being an escrow officer is the cooperative effort that is required of all parties involved to get a transaction closed. He feels that his career in real estate law has given him the opportunity, “to meet a bunch of smart, nice people.”
When not working, Barry and his wife enjoy traveling to new places, especially historic sites, and music. Barry’s father had a chain of records stores in the 60s through the 80s and Barry worked there while he was in high school and college. He also enjoys playing golf.
Phil Hord has over twenty years of experience closing deals in the title business in both Texas and Tennessee. Phil is known for getting deals done regardless of how complex they may be and has closed thousands of commercial and residential transactions.
Phil grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and graduated with a Finance degree from the University of Tennessee in 1987. He graduated from the Nashville School of Law in 1992 and is a licensed attorney in Tennessee.
Phil began his career in the title business as an appraiser for the Davidson County Tax Assessor. He searched titles in the local courthouses around the middle Tennessee area while attending law school. This experience provided him with valuable fundamental knowledge about title work and helped him develop the skills and instincts necessary to become a great problem solver. Following law school, Phil worked as a sole practitioner and for Hallmark Title closing real estate transactions in the Nashville area before moving to Plano, Texas in 1997.
Since moving to Texas, Phil has worked for several title companies and has gained a wealth of knowledge from each experience. He believes Capital Title of Texas is positioned for limitless success and is the premier title company in the Dallas market. Phil is excited about being part of the Capital Title team and contributing to the company’s ongoing success.
Phil and his wife, Lynn, have been married for 21 years and are active members of Prestonwood Baptish Church. They have one son, Seth, who will attend Plano West this fall. Phil enjoys playing tennis and golf, and is a huge college football fan.
Joanna is a respected title industry veteran with almost 40 years of experience in Fort Worth. She specializes in closing and underwriting commercial accounts with expertise in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions. She possesses an astute knowledge of the most delicate closings, including REO, corporate bankruptcies, mergers and acquisitions, national acount work-outs and multi-site/multi-state transactions.
Joanna has been recognized with numerous prestigious awards that include: Region 2 “Outstanding Young Title Person” by the Texas Land Title Association (TLTA) and the Life Time Achievement Award from CREW Fort Worth (Commercial Real Estate Women). She is also a two-time President of CREW Fort Worth and a two-time President of the Executive Women’s Golf Association (now known as the LPGA Amateur Golf Association).
Born in Waco, Texas, Deanna moved to San Antonio in 1994. She says that her more than twenty-year career in the title industry happened quite by accident while looking to make a career change in 2000.
Deanna is extremely well-rounded as a closer. She has gained valuable experience in foreclosure, relocation, new construction, refinance, residential, commercial, lot, short sale and farm and ranch transactions. A problem solver by nature, Deanna’s clients find that she goes above and beyond to insure a smooth transaction. She especially enjoys working with first-time homebuyers and takes extra measures to to ensure that they feel comfortable at their closing. Deanna loves the fact that in the title industry you are constantly learning and she enjoys great satisfaction from teaching new agents and passing that knowledge along.
Deanna has a son who is a recent high school graduate and is attending college locally. In her spare time, she enjoys taking advantage of all that the Texas Hill Country has to offer. Visiting wineries, hiking and catching local bands are always at the top of her To Do List. She is also passionate about animal rescue and volunteers as much as she can. She is passionate about helping others and is involved in her church where she hopes to participate this year in her first mission trip.
Barbara has been in the title industry for over 20 years. She began the first half of her career in Northern California after earning her Marketing degree from Santa Clara University. She started out in business development and eventually found her calling as an Escrow Officer.
Barbara moved to Houston in 2001 and she has been closing everything from residential real estate to large commercial transactions up to $250 Million. Her experience includes closing mobile home parks, large apartment complexes, shopping strips, storage facilities ,a hospital, and most recently the Lone Star brewery in San Antonio. She has worked closely with builders on custom homes as well as large land transactions all over the State of Texas.
Because Barbara started out in business development, her dedication to customer service has always been the basis of her work ethic. Capital Title’s dedicated staff supports her vision to see that all clients are served in a proactive and professional manner. Their core belief is that the key to a smooth and successful transaction is communication. They have an office culture of team work that benefits everyone from the real estate professional to the buyers, sellers, and lenders. They strive on a daily basis to maximize the levels of communication and efficiency in order to get the deals closed!
Drew Kimball began his career in the real estate industry, working as a landman in the oil and gas industry. Looking to put down roots, moving into the title business was a very natural transition for him.
Knowing both sides of the industry allows Drew to help his clients with any issues on their title commitment, and ease the burden of what otherwise could be a stressful time. He derives great satisfaction from the closing of a tough deal.
Drew’s experience runs the full spectrum, from $1,000 lots to multi-million dollars developments. Known for getting the job done and helping his clients reach their goals, Drew possesses a huge drive to help others achieve success.
As a former baseball player himself, Drew is a huge Astros fan and loves baseball in general. His other interest is gardening. Along with his wife, Drew spends a lot of his time tending to his garden, watering, pruning or moving their plants. When Drew isn’t in the garden, he is in the kitchen whipping up something delicious.
Drew also enjoys reading motivational articles and hopes to inspire others as he continues to grow his own career.
Diane is a true veteran in the title industry having begun her career more than 35 years ago. Her last 18 years have been spent in North Dallas acting as Manager and Escrow Officer for a Residential and Commercial Closing Office where her services are in demand from Top Producers, Custom Builders, Volume Builders and Lenders on transactions from $150,000 to $10,000,000.
Diane’s Commercial Closing experience includes Multifamily Developments, Industrial, Hospitals, Medical Long Term Care Facilities, Retail Shopping Centers and Ranches on transactions from $3,000,000 to $120,000,000 located locally and nationwide.
Diane brings her wealth of knowledge and experience to Capital Title where her customers appreciate her professional service, attention to detail and ability to anticipate and eliminate all obstacles, resulting in a smooth and enjoyable closing for all parties.
Diane finds her 35 years of experience in the Title insurance industry to have been very rewarding and that it has brought her numerous friends. She is proud that, during those years, she has earned a reputation as a respected and trusted professional who is deemed worthy of the public’s trust.
Raised in Dallas, Robert attended both Jesuit College Preparatory and Hillcrest High School before earning his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Journalism from the University of Arkansas.
Robert began his career in real estate in 2003 as a commercial real estate broker with Marcus and Millichap. In 2008, Robert moved to Hexter-Fair Title Company where he was a commercial and residential sales manager before getting his escrow officer’s license and joining his father, Bob Blanshard, as a commercial escrow officer.
An amateur photographer, Robert’s photographic eye is focused on racing, but he is known to shoot the occasional baptism, rehearsal dinner, and sunset overlooking the Dallas Arboretum. With dozens of races under his belt at racetracks such as Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Road Atlanta, and Circuit of the Americas, Robert has been blessed to have attended the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans three times in the last five years.
As a recent addition to Capital Title of Texas, Robert is excited about the new possibilities as well as the potential to grow his business while continuing to offer his current clients the same exceptional support and service they’ve come to expect. It’s not something everyone gets to do: go to work every day with your father, and love what you’re doing.
For over 37 years, Bob Blanshard has been working in the title insurance industry, closing commercial real estate transactions. “I really am lucky to be in a profession that I truly enjoy” says Bob. “Sadly, I know many people who are not happy in their profession, and I recognize that I am one of the fortunate few who is.”
Bob grew up in northeast Arkansas, and, after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas, he served as an instructor pilot for four years while on active duty in the U.S. Air Force. Upon his discharge from active duty, he joined the Arkansas Air National Guard and returned to the University obtaining his law degree while working full time as a mortgage loan officer.
Bob’s first job in the title insurance industry was working as an examiner for a national title insurance underwriter. His business acumen was recognized and thus began his career closing commercial transactions. He enjoys the work leading up to a real estate closing and is happiest when he is able to provide the best service for his clients. As a military pilot for 28 years, he likes to find that “smooth air” ensuring that the closings have no surprises and everyone walks away satisfied.
After his five years of active duty service in the Air Force, Bob flew in the Air National Guard with pride and distinction for another 23 years. He served in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. When not working he enjoys playing golf and traveling with his wife, MaryCook.
A proven industry leader coupled with a long standing commitment of exemplary service, Bob is a new and welcome member of the Capital Title of Texas family serving as an Executive Vice President and Escrow Officer. Bob continues to look for additional business opportunities while striving to offer only the best to his clients and customers.
A second generation title employee, Brandi called Burnet, TX home during her adolescent and teenager years. As fate would have it, her mother worked in the industry as an Escrow Officer, which allowed Brandi to be taught the industry ropes from the inside out, day in and day out, for the first 17 years of her life. Shortly after graduating from High School, Brandi made the move to Austin to begin not only college, but what has turned out to be an extremely successful 24+ year career. She has worked in title production, training/onboarding and compliance departments. Additionally, four decades in the industry has humbly enabled Brandi to amass an immense amount of invaluable contacts and resources, the ability to think and act quickly on her feet, and the confidence to be the “calm in the storm” in the face of adversity during a transaction.
Brandi is considered to be an industry “expert” in both residential and commercial real estate respectively, where she has closed over $1,000,000,000 worth of real estate throughout her time as an Escrow Officer. Despite all of her success and accomplishments, Brandi recognizes that her formula of success revolves around her passion to “champion” customer service, operational excellence, and relationship building – three philosophies that are not only preached but practiced by her to this day. Throughout her tenured career, she has repeatedly shown the innate ability to build and foster a culture of excellence, trust, and “family” throughout her team, which has also enabled her to build a strong, loyal book of business across the state. She carries an infectious, dynamic personality with her at all times, and is as genuine and down to earth as they come – what you see is what you get!
Brandi is unique in that she is adaptable to her clients and the ever changing business trends of the real estate industry. Her dedication to her clients starts before a transaction is consummated and extends well after the closing. She understands her clients’ industries, anticipates their needs, and has a “do whatever it takes” approach to deliver an accurate and timely transaction to all parties involved. Communication, timely responsiveness, and accessibility are intricate parts of her process to deliver great customer service.
During downtime away from the office, Brandi cherishes the moments when she works in her garden at home and is able to play with, and watch, her two boys and husband practice and compete in their respective sports.
Kat Anderson is a native Austinite who attended The University of Texas – San Antonio to study Interior Design at The School of Architecture. She was introduced to the Title Industry in 2007 and is now a Licensed Escrow Officer.
With over 10 years of experience, Kat has acquired extensive knowledge and expertise in 1031 exchanges, investors, commercial and residential transactions, as well as builders, refinance, construction loans and reverse mortgages. She radiates an upbeat, positive attitude and is always ready to take on even the most complicated transactions. Kat is recognized by her colleagues and clients as being fun and easy to talk to, confident in her abilities and a natural multitasker. Working with first-time homebuyers and assisting them in making one of the most important purchases in their lifetime is the most rewarding aspect of her career.
In her personal life, Kat is a talented musician and artist who enjoys traveling the world. She has explored Thailand, parts of Europe and Central America. She will travel to Peru to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu later this year.
Michelle is a top-producing industry veteran who began her title insurance career path in 2005 when she relocated to Austin to work with professionals who had more than 30 years of experience.
Michelle’s attention to detail has earned the trust and respect of her clients over the years. She is proactive in maintaining communication to all parties involved throughout the transaction. Her clients know they can trust her with their most complex transactions and she does her best to find a solution should any problem arise. Michelle may not always know the answer, but her clients know they can trust that she will rely on her resources within the company to find the needed answer or resolution.
While working in Austin and the Hill Country, Michelle has worked with clientele with diverse needs over the years. Given the locations of the office, she has closed every possible type of transaction from Farm & Ranch, Rural Land, Commercial, and Development to Residential and Construction. You can trust that Michelle can handle just about any type of transaction with her trademark excellence.
Recognized for her excellent customer service, Michelle is passionate about educating her clients and customers on what title insurance actually is and how important it is as part of the overall real estate transaction. She is committed to ensuring that all parties involved not only experience a smooth and seamless closing, but also consider her an expert and ally and bring her their future business.
Michelle’s passion for helping others extends to her personal life as well. She is deeply rooted in her faith and is dedicated to her family and friends. Michelle loves the outdoors, the beach and fishing and has a huge love of animals - especially wiener dogs.