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Leadership

Wendy R. Cromer serves as the Compliance Officer for Benchmark Title Company,
LLC and four additional title insurance and disbursing companies in the St. Louis
metropolitan area. Wendy is a native of St. Louis and graduated summa cum laude from
Lindenwood University. Her career in the title insurance industry began in 1983, and
since that time she has held various positions in the field. Wendy is the recipient of the
Missouri Land Title Association’s Young Professional Title Person of the Year Award
and Jack Flippo Title Person of the Year Award. In addition she has received the
Affiliate of the Year Award from the St. Louis Association of Realtors, and the Carl
Mirowitz Memorial Service Award from the Mortgage Bankers Association of St. Louis.
She is a two-term Past-President for the Missouri Land Title Association. Wendy
currently serves on the boards of the MBA of St. Louis and the International Right of
Way Association.

Dava Stark serves as the Vice President of Escrow and Administrative Operations.
Her more than thirty years experience in business and operations management extends to both the title
insurance and mortgage lending industries. Her responsibilities include the management of many
employees across several offices in the metropolitan area.
Over the last 15 years, she and her family are proud to have started a thriving fence fabrication
company in Lincoln County. As a small business owner, Dava understands the need for quality and
attentive customer service to both the residential and commercial community.
Recognized for her outstanding & unique skills in the title insurance field, she has been sought out to
serve as a consultant for other title companies in both Missouri and Illinois.
Dava is also a Certified Paralegal (CP) through the Centers for Legal Studies and looks forward to the
next professional challenge, whatever that might be.

 

 

John Schaefer is the CEO and an owner of Security Title Insurance Agency, LLC, Benchmark Title Company, LLC, St. Louis Title, LLC, and Accurate Disbursing, LLC. Prior to founding these entities, Mr. Schaefer spent fifteen years as General Counsel for a major residential development, construction, and subcontracting company and seven years in private practice with Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. Mr. Schaefer holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Dayton, an MBA from Emory University, and a JD from Saint Louis University’s School of Law. He is very involved with both the real estate industry and community, having served on the boards of Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, DeSmet Jesuit High School, Founders Bank, and the advisory boards of Pulaski Bank, Southwest Bank, Missouri State Bank and BAM Construction Co., LLC, as well as being a member of the American, Missouri, and Metropolitan Saint Louis Bar Associations.

Nat Walsh is a co-founder of Title Holdings, LLC that operates title insurance agencies throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. Security and St. Louis Title in Missouri and Benchmark Title in Illinois are underwritten by all of the major national underwriters. Security and Benchmark Title service local realtors and banks as well as serve as the point of contact for multiple national accounts including HUD, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and various REO companies. St. Louis Title is a market share leader in coordinating the varied facets of commercial transactions for local and national attorneys, brokers, and lenders. Nat co-founded McGowan & Walsh, LLC in 2004 as a historic renovation company focused on contributing to the revitalization of downtown St. Louis and Kansas City. Since that time, his company completed the acquisition, financing, renovation, sale, and leasing of over 800 elegant residential loft units with congruent retail and office space. The 10 building, $100 million portfolio totaled over 1 million square feet in Missouri’s largest population centers. Nat served as the chairman of WestBridge Bank from the time of charter in 2007 to 2011. Nat’s service to the St. Louis community includes his commitment to Habitat for Humanity, where he has been the co-chair of the Development Council since 2007 and a member of the board since 2009; Mental Health America- Eastern Missouri, where he has served on the board since 1992 and is currently the president; and, to his children’s elementary school, Rohan Woods, where he served on the Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2011 and was the president of the board from 2009 to 2011. Nat is licensed to practice law in Missouri, Illinois, and Florida. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and St. Louis University School of Law. Nat is married to the former Stacy Prosser and they have two children, Connor and Madison.