Hillsborough Title, Florida Agency Network strike deal for Bella Title

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 2:13pm EST

Margie Manning | Tampa Bay Business Journal


Florida Agency Network has acquired Bella Title, a Land O’ Lakes-based real estate title company.


Financial terms were not disclosed. Mica Butterwood, owner and operator of Bella Title, will serve as Florida Agency Network’s relationship manager for northern Hillsborough County, a statement said.

Florida Agency Network is an umbrella organization of title companies that have been consolidated amid industry changes. Launched by Aaron Davis, president and CEO, and with its roots in Hillsborough Title in Plant City, Florida Agency Network has grown to be the largest title organization in Florida, Davis said.

“Just five years ago, we had one office and five employees,” Davis said. “Today we have 27 offices and more than 200 staffers.”

The Dodd-Frank financial reform measure is driving consolidation, Davis said. Title companies are now considered part of the financial services sector, and face increasing costs of regulatory compliance, including higher E&O [errors and omissions] insurance, banking-type audits and cybersecurity mandates.

“A lot of agencies are going out of business, selling or being rolled into a larger agency like mine,” Davis said.

In addition to Hillsborough Title and Bella Title, other agencies in the network are: Tampa Bay Title, Paramount Title, Homeplus Title, Cornerstone Title, Uptown Title, Trident Title, Progressive Title Solutions, Performance Title & Escrow and CU Title.


Original Article


Thanks to club, all patrol officers have life-saving device

By Dave Nicholson | Tribune Staff 

Published: February 19, 2015

Former Plant City Rotary Club president, Aaron M. Davis, presents the last of the AED units donated to the Plant City Police Department
Aaron M. Davis, former Plant City Rotary Club President and current president of the Florida Agency Network, presents the last of the AED units promised to the Plant City Police Department

PLANT CITY – About 18 months ago, the Rotary Club promised to raise enough money to equip each Plant City police officer with a portable device that can restore the heart’s rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest.

Last week, the Rotary Club of Plant City made good on its pledge, delivering the last 20 automated external defibrillators for the police department’s fleet. In all the Rotary donated 47 of the units, valued at a total of $50,000.

Police Chief Ed Duncan said his officers often arrive at medical emergencies before paramedics so it was a good idea to equip them with the defibrillators.

“One of the most frustrating things for an officer is to get to the scene and not have what is needed to help,” Duncan said.

 Duncan said the department has used the defibrillators in at least four instances since the Rotary delivered the first units in 2013.

Rotary Club President Brian Griffin and former club president Aaron M. Davis presented the last of the defibrillators to the police at the Rotary’s Feb. 16 meeting. Davis was president when the Rotary started its drive to purchase the defibrillators.

Among other fundraisers, the club used the proceeds from its popular annual Dancing with the Locals to raise money for the devices. The club originally thought it would need to raise $100,000 but the units cost less than originally expected, club public relations representative Jim Scott said.

The department has enough of the devices so every patrol officer and supervisor has one in his or her police vehicle, Duncan said.


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