Meet the Team

Leading Edge Title Agency was formed by top industry professionals. Their diverse backgrounds encompass real estate, mortgage lending and title insurance. We came together with one goal in mind, to provide outstanding title insurance services specially tailored to meet the different needs of every type of client. Our wide range of experience means we know what is needed to make every transaction a successful one.

We understand that people are the key to any great company, and we are proud of our team of professionals. Collectively, our management has over 150 years of industry experience. Our underwriting is provided by companies nationally recognized for their commitment to technology and expertise in the industry.  

Our affiliation with them, as well as the American Land Title Association and Michigan Land Title Association, allows us to provide continuing education to our staff regarding current issues facing our industry. At Leading Edge Title, you can always count on receiving expert service from a trained professional.  

Our Staff

Kara Gresser
President - Owner

(248) 352-0022 x: 201

Kara began working in the title industry in 1988 and quickly realized it was something she was passionate about. Kara has worked every aspect of this industry and in 2001 she obtained her Title Producers License. In 2013 Kara decided to open her own title company – Leading Edge Title; a 100% female-owned company. Her goal was to run a company that would provide agents and lenders the customer service they deserve, while also making the work environment relaxed and enjoyable for her employees. Even though this was a huge leap for Kara, both professionally and personally, Leading Edge has become one of the biggest accomplishments in her life. She brings a breath of fresh air to the staff with her wit and fun personality and she has succeeded in making the environment an enjoyable place to work while integrating a family atmosphere throughout the office. Under Kara’s direction, Leading Edge Title is successful, thriving and growing daily.
Jean Smith
Vice President - Operations

(248) 352-0022 x: 204

In 1997, Jean started working in the title industry as an Escrow Processor where she quickly learned how to fund and post-close. Jean’s background in reconcile management and disbursing helped her become an Escrow Supervisor where she helped organize and structure an entire escrow department before being promoted to Escrow Manager. With that experience under her belt, it was easy for Jean to make the transition to Funding Manager where she handled the day-to-day escrow accounts and post-closing issues, along with file and check balancing. In 2015, Jean was offered a position where she could use both her escrow and funding management skills as the Vice President of Leading Edge Title. Because of her extensive background in this industry, Jean brings ample knowledge to her Vice President role and she is helping each department grow within the company while also following compliance. Resident Producer License #: 0342744
Kristie Higgins
Office Manager & Title Manager

(248) 352-0022 x: 203

Kris has been in the title industry for 20 years and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the title aspects of this business. Kris started at Metropolitan Title in the 1990’s as a Final Policy liaison but was quickly moved to Abstracting and Examining and has been doing that ever since. She has her Michigan State Resident Producer License and also her Michigan Notary, which allows her to notarize any documents in the State of Michigan. Kris was Leading Edge Title’s first employee when they opened in 2013. Over the years she has advanced her abstracting and examination skills, she has grown professionally and personally and she has become the Office and Title Managers. Kris has long term goals, not only for herself, but for Leading Edge Title; as a member of the leadership team, she looks forward to seeing the company grow and makes it a daily priority to turn that goal into a reality! Resident Producer License #: 0406782
Adam Meadows
Vice President - Client Relations

Cell: (248) 894-6951 or (248) 352-0022 x: 213

Adam brings years of knowledge and experience to Leading Edge Title. He started in the industry as a switch board operator for a law firm back in 2003. Since then he has worked for both the law side and title side of this industry. For title specifically Adam has processed, closed, disbursed, managed escrow and in 2014 started managing sales and marketing for local title companies. His passion is marketing, sales and compliance but Adam also stays active in Escrow to ensure he can best support his clients! Resident Producer License #: 0443694
Rob Brownlie
Director of External Sales

Cell: (586) 612-0236

Rob is Leading Edge Title’s Director of External Sales. When joining our team 4 years ago he came to us with over 30 years’ experience in sales and management. Most of Rob’s professional background is in the mortgage and banking industry; he specialized in account development, sales management and mortgage lending, all of which helped make his transition to title very natural. Along with being an Account Executive, Rob is also a licensed title producer, a member of GMAR and a member of MMLA. Resident Producer License #: 0514447
Ryce Akins
Transaction Manager & Licensed Closing Agent

Cell: (248) 804-7634 or (248) 352-0022 x: 215

Ryce holds a degree in Interior Design along with both his Title Producer license and Real Estate license. With his knowledge and experience in both industries, Leading Edge Title is excited for Ryce to head up our new Contract-to-Close Division. He’ll bring a wealth of knowledge to the table and with such an extensive background he’s able to navigate between title and real estate to help complete the transaction from contract to close. Ryce also enjoys gardening, cooking and spending time with his family and two Chihuahuas, who you may see around our office, if you stop in. Resident Producer License #:0844673
Amirah Allison
Senior Account Representative & Closing Agent

(248) 352-0022 x: 216

Amirah’s been working in the title industry for the past 4 years and has been a closer for the last 2. Going to work every day is a wonderful new journey for Amirah. She enjoys being a closer because she gets to meet new people every day. In her free time, Amirah loves to spend time with her two daughters; whether it’s taking them shopping, going to the park or just staying at home for family night, she cherishes every minute she’s with them.
Cecily Hatter
Title Specialist

(248) 352-0022 x: 211

Cecily has been working in title for 15 years and is currently one of our title specialists. Prior to her employment at Leading Edge Title, Cecily worked at General Motors in their payroll and pension benefits departments; she also attended Oakland Community College where she studied nursing. Outside of work, Cecily enjoys shopping and spending time with her 3- and 13-year-old sons.
Irena Todd
Senior Account Representative

Cell: (248) 767-9900

Irena may be a Senior Account Representative at Leading Edge Title, but her love for insurance, real estate and lending started at a young age when she began her career at the age of 15 as an assistant to Earl Keim. Irena became a licensed real estate agent while working towards her undergraduate degree, and after receiving her bachelor’s in communication with a minor in business, she went on to become an account executive in wholesale lending. In addition to handling her current accounts, Irena is working towards her master’s degree, she’s a seasoned real estate investor, a notary public and she’s licensed in property and casualty insurance. Irena’s wide scope of knowledge across all these industries has helped her maintain her client base, most of whom she’s worked with for nearly 20 years.
Jennifer Charafeddine
Escrow Processor

(248) 352-0022 x: 202

Jennifer has been in the business for 10 plus years. She has done everything from abstracting and basic examining to processing, disbursing and post-closing. She is currently a Processor for Leading Edge Title and with her background she is great at her job. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and her twin 4-year-old boys. In her spare time, Jennifer also enjoys cooking, baking and reading.
Kathy Williams
Escrow Processor

(248) 352-0022 x: 209

Kathy has over 25 years’ experience in both the mortgage and title industries. She started as a receptionist then moved on to mortgage servicing, shipping and closing. When Kathy transferred from the mortgage business to title she became a pre-processor before settling into her current position as a full-time escrow processor. In her free time, Kathy enjoys outdoor gardening and baking for her family.
Katie Smith
Escrow Officer & Post Closing/Funding

(248) 352-0022 x: 212

Katie runs Leading Edge’s funding and post-closing departments. She has an extensive background in accounting, reconciling, disbursing, recording and final policies. Katie is currently attending Oakland Community College and is pursuing a degree in criminal justice. In her free time, Katie enjoys playing with off-road toys such as quads and dirt bikes.
McKenna Leinenger
Escrow Processor

(248) 352-0022 x: 210

McKenna is an escrow processor and notary public with Leading Edge Title. Her previous background in event planning and customer service provided the perfect foundation for her to give our clients the service they want and deserve. Although McKenna started as a receptionist, her attention to detail and quick learning skills were noticed right away, and within 3 weeks of her start date she moved into our escrow department. In addition to processing, McKenna is also experienced in scheduling, disbursing and closing
Melissa Maisano
Licensed Escrow Processor

(248) 352-0022 x: 219

Melissa is a licensed title producer who has been working in the title industry since 2001. She began her career as a receptionist but with her attention to detail, and her desire to learn, she quickly moved into an escrow position and is now one of the most sought out escrow processors in the industry. With extensive knowledge in title clearance, escrow training, processing, disbursing, and final policy preparation, Melissa is a huge asset to the Leading Edge team! Resident Producer License #: 0827310
Pat Markes
Title Specialist

(248) 352-0022 x: 200

Pat has been working in the title industry since 2001 and is one of Leading Edge’s title specialists. Her primary focus is order entry and customer service but she is also well-versed in title clearance, examining and even processing. Prior to working in title, Pat spent over a decade in banking, she volunteered at the schools, and she was a Brownie leader. Outside of work, Pat enjoys sewing, shopping and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Patty Abbott

(248) 352-0022 x: 299

Patty began working at Leading Edge Title in October of 2016 as our receptionist. She brings over 20 years office experience to the company. Patty is a prompt, reliable team player with strong organization skills and a close eye for detail. With her background as a litigation assistant and specializing in mediation and foreclosures, Patty has learned how to multitask and effectively communicate in a fast-paced work environment.
Tamineek Vermillion
Closing Coordinator

(248) 352-0022 x: 218

Tamineek comes to Leading Edge Title with 18+ years in the title business. She started off as a receptionist and was quickly taught to be a typist and title abstractor. Currently, Tamineek does all of Leading Edge’s scheduling and, when she finds herself with free time, she helps out in other departments. Tamineek cannot get enough of the yellow sun, she very much enjoys the outdoors and she loves spending time with her family and friends.
Tiffany Tomasino
Licensed Closing Agent

(248) 352-0022 x: 217

Tiffany is a licensed escrow agent who started in the title business in 1998. She began her career as a receptionist but over the years gained experience in both retail and REO. Although Tiffany is primarily a closer, starting her career at the front desk then moving on to escrow, closing and recording, she has been able to learn almost every aspect of the job. Tiffany is easy-going, flexible and has a positive attitude; all of which help to make her job a pleasure to be at every day. Resident Producer License #: 0443703
Zach Johnson
Escrow Officer & Post Closing

(248) 352-0022

Zach graduated from Michigan State University in 2017 with a degree in Economics. He started working at Leading Edge Title just after they opened in 2013 as a part-time runner. After graduating, Zach became a full-time member of our escrow staff where he specializes in post closing and final policy. In his spare time Zach enjoys playing golf.

Our Offices

Leading Edge Title Agency

37000 Grand River Ave., Ste. 100, Farmington Hills, , MI
(248) 352-0022