Trademark Title’s story is really an All-American story. Based out of Fort Wayne, IN, Trademark Title, Inc is a locally owned full-service title agency handling every type of real estate transaction. This includes purchase, refinance, residential, commercial, cash, and property reports. Trademark also offers mobile and in- home closings as well as mail away closings. In its first 10 years, Trademark Title has become one of Northern Indiana’s most recognized, respected, and fastest growing title agencies, becoming Stewart Guarantee’s #1 Indiana title agency. Trademark currently has 3 closing office locations (2 Fort Wayne locations and 1 in Auburn, IN). Including it’s 4 owners, Trademark Title has 21 staff members who handle the everyday variety of needs of their loyal customers in the fast-paced world of title.
To understand where Trademark Title is now, one needs to go back to its humble beginning before it even opened. In 2005, Trademark’s 4 owners (Adam Brenner, Stu Hambrick, Steve Garver, and Tim Vogel) met and worked together at a national title company in Fort Wayne. They all enjoyed what they were doing and had developed a good customer base. However, in early 2007, just before the mortgage crisis hit, the company’s headquarters decided to close most of their nationwide local offices. This unfortunately included Fort Wayne’s office. With their office closing, the 4 would either go their separate ways, or take a chance and open their own title company. They loved what they were doing, enjoyed working together, and had a good customer base, so they decided to start Trademark Title and opened in the fall of 2007. Now they could do things their own way. They took some of the things they liked from the company they worked for, like same day and after-hours availability for closings as well very competitive fees, and discarded things that they never liked such as office voicemails where a customer can get buried without getting an immediate answer by talking live with a person at all times. Instead of payoffs, clearing issues, and title work being handled in a faraway place, our customers could call one number where the owners themselves would handle all customer requests and needs. An attitude of “Whatever it takes”, hard work, and hustle was established. They would be flexible, fast, accurate, and consistent. This would become “The Trademark Way”.
Over the next couple years, word spread and Trademark gained name recognition and market share, but this was just the beginning. They outgrew that original small office as new employees were needed and they moved to a new, larger location at Wallen and Coldwater. Though Trademark was realizing growth and success, they wanted to reach a new level. The goal became to assemble an “All-Star” team of title talent. This would take time, because it’s not about adding people, but adding the “right” people that share the same love of what they do and fit the mold of “The Trademark Way”. Shortly thereafter, Trademark added Melinda Smith and Aimee Clinkenbeard to the team. Both are extremely talented, knowledgeable, and experienced title professionals with years of experience. Through their sales and closing abilities, a new level of success was able to be attained.
It wasn’t long until Trademark opened its second office and closing location on Illinois Road near Jefferson Point Mall. New talented processors were selected and brought onboard to make sure that our customers’ expectations were met. Then over a year ago, Trademark opened its third office location in Auburn, IN when Amber Gaskill joined the Trademark Title team. Amber comes from years of experience in the title industry handling sales and closings and has been an incredible addition to Trademark.
Last fall, Trademark was presented with the “Circle of Excellence” award. This is given to Stewart’s #1 agent in the state of Indiana. It also meant that Trademark has zero claims filed. Trademark Title has also been able to give back to the community through sponsoring many charities and ball teams, as well as involvement in many local organizations that give back such as Upstar. Throughout the incredible growth and success of Trademarks first 10 years, they will never stray from their roots of what worked in the first place. They realize that it’s their incredible, loyal customers who are the reason for their success and could not be more grateful for their continued trust with their company.