Meet the Team
Your closing team has over 87 years of combined expertise with actual hands on experience with some of the most challenging real life title issues. That means you can be confident that all our licensed closing agents are more than competent to insure you will receive clear title on your new dream home or property.
The first voice you will come in contact with is Kathleen. She is your executive coordinator who will make sure everyone and everything gets connected properly. This insures that your transaction will run smoothly from the very beginning
Our Administrative Assistant, has resided and worked in the state of Florida for over 25 years in various professional and volunteer capacities. Recently, with an interest in learning the real estate and title world, she joined our growing team. Her integrity, efficiency, and attention to detail shines as she interacts with clients as the first point of contact at Platinum National Title. On the weekends, she and her husband can be found enjoying local activities in Dunedin, boating, and hanging out with their adult children.
Our senior closing officer was born and raised in Florida. A licensed title agent with an extensive background in banking and finance management, Kevin brings a wide array of experience to the team. His attention to detail, expertise in communication, and relationship-building skills make him an essential part of our growth as a company. During his time away from work, he enjoys spending quality time with his family and writing music.
Beth joined Platinum National Title, LLC in January of 2016. She is a Licensed Escrow Officer with 24 years of experience in the Title Insurance Industry. She has won numerous awards throughout her career including Highest Capture Rate and Highest ROR. Beth’s combination of professionalism, sunny personality and sense of humor helps to deliver our clients a smooth and enjoyable closing experience.
In her spare time, she enjoys Pilates, working on Art projects, and spending time with her family.
A Florida native and Licensed Title Agent with over 12 years of experience in the real estate title industry. She has an outgoing, positive attitude with a strong drive for excellence in customer service. While she is knowledgeable in all aspects of the title industry her strengths are in processing and closing. Her main goal is to ensure a smooth and seamless professional transaction while paying attention to every detail. She is a team player and is always looking out for the consumer’s best interests. Amy enjoys spending her free time with her family, cooking, hiking and being outdoors.
Yee Xiong Escrow Officer, LTA
A Licensed Title Agent since 2006 with over 16 years of experience in the Title Industry. She graduated from Baker College in Auburn Hills, MI with her Business Management degree and is one of our newest members here at Platinum National Title. Her knowledge and wealth of experience has gained her a spotlight as a “well known” Escrow Officer here in Pinellas County. Yee’s calm and collective personality will ease any closing situation and make it a smooth transition from start to finish. Her attention to detail and organizational skills keeps her on top of tasks to make sure that closings are processed smoothly and in a timely manner. With a passion in Title she is committed to learning and keeping up with the newest changes in the title industry. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising and spending time with her family at the beach.
A highly charged and deeply focused title professional, Leah Negri has worked in many facets of the Title Industry. Starting out as a receptionist and processor for a local title insurance agency in 2001, Leah’s talents and skill set were quickly noticed by management and she was promoted to the position of Escrow Closing Officer within the first year of her employment. After four years in that position Leah became a licensed title agent. She was then recruited by another title company as its Branch Manager. In her management role Leah lead her team to triple the firm’s volume in just less than four years.
Leah was then recruited to the role of Marketing Director for an expanding title company based in Tampa. Her strength in developing strong working relationships with real estate agents, lenders and other professionals in the industry enabled her to increase profits and revenues for her employer and has exemplified her reputation as a leader in her profession.
Leah currently serves as the General Manager of Platinum National Title, LLC and oversees and supports the closing and processing teams within the 2 offices by offering training and direction on all aspects of the title insurance industry
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
A seasoned title industry professional, Valerie Negri has over 25 years of title insurance experience in the Tampa Bay market. Her areas of expertise include escrow management, processing, closing, management, business development and marketing.
Valerie’s skill in building relationships and getting the job done has served her career well. Some of her impressive career milestones include facilitating over 5,500 title transactions as a closing agent and being asked to manage the start-up of a Pinellas County Branch for a leading Tampa Bay title company. This start-up branch grew to a million dollar operation in just four years. Her closing experience includes residential and commercial real estate closings, builder and construction perm closings, commercial lines of credit, and refinances.
As a Co-Founder of Platinum National Title, LLC Valerie serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Marketing Director for the company.
In her spare time Valerie enjoys spending time with her family and in particular her 6 grandchildren who live here in Pinellas County.
With a background in the financial and title industry, Emily has excelled at Platinum in various capacities, including but not limited to such roles as warehousing and processing. With a strong work ethic, her commitment to excellence and attention to detail prevails in all she does. Because of her professionalism and excellence in customer service she was recently promoted to a Closing Processor. Having relocated to Florida from Raleigh, North Carolina four years ago, she and her family now consider Florida their home. In her spare time, Emily is pursuing her real estate license while her and her family prepare for their newest addition, a beautiful baby girl!
Our title processor, originating from Georgia, has resided and worked in the state of Florida for the last 8 years in the real estate and title world. She strives to make the processing of her title files a smooth and easy process for all parties involved. Her friendly personality, strong organizational skills and attention to detail are vital to help uphold the excellent customer service our Platinum National Title clients are accustom to. On the weekends, she and her family can be found enjoying the beach or golfing.
Our closing processor, originating from Buffalo, NY has resided and worked in the state of Florida for the last 5 years. Katie entered the title industry about 2 years ago and has found a passion for it. Because of her professionalism and ability to learn quickly she was promoted from administrative assistant to Closing Processor and has served in that capacity for over a year now. Katie is friendly, personable, and detail oriented making her a great fit for Platinum National Title. On the weekends, she loves to be outside with her dogs.
Kevin Barras, or KJ is a Florida native and processor for our team. KJ joined Platinum National Title, LLC in August of 2017. With a background in the financial industry, he brought his customer service strengths and his leadership abilities to our team. KJ has discovered a passion for the title industry. One of the things he loves about his job is that every single file is unique in its own way.
KJ started off as an administrative assistant and quickly progressed to closing processer working with Yee Xiong’s closing team. It is his goal to ensure that all parties involved on his files experience a smooth and enjoyable closing process.
KJ says “My commitment to our clients is to be kind, personable, detail oriented and look out for the customers best interests.”
In his spare time, he is pursuing his title insurance license as he continues to strive for growth with Platinum National Title.
On the weekends, KJ loves to spend time with his family and friends and enjoys an occasional round of golf.
Danielle joined the Platinum team in May of 2019. Born and raised in Florida, Danielle embarked on her career in the real estate title industry in 2005 as a title processor. Since then she has gained a vast knowledge of title processing and procedures. When the real estate market crashed Danielle moved on from her position with a title agency to working in a law firm and gained 5 years of experience clearing title issues on foreclosure properties. Once the real estate market started to make a comeback, Danielle made the transition back into retail title processing obtaining her title agent license in 2015. Since then she has expanded her experience and knowledge by transitioning into the role of Closer.
During Danielle’s time away from work she enjoys spending quality time with her family, kayaking, going to the beach and cooking.
Terri has over 12 years of experience in the real estate title industry. She has an outgoing, positive attitude with a strong drive for excellence in customer service. While she is knowledgeable in all aspects of the title industry. Her strengths are in processing and closing. Her main goal is to ensure a smooth and seamless professional transaction while paying attention to every detail. She is a team player and is always looking out for the consumer’s best interests. Terri enjoys spending her free time with her family, at the beach, and Kayaking.
Lori is the newest member of our team, joining the PNT team in the summer of 2019. She currently serves as the Administrative Assistant in our Belleair Office but is passionate about growing within our organization.
Throughout her 30+ year career, Lori has worked with organizations across a wide range of industries – from banking to legal, to medical and higher education. Driven by a desire to inspire and develop others, she considers herself a student of leadership, always working to better herself and her team.
Away from work, Lori enjoys local community events, weekend getaways, and spending time with her family and friends.
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