With 20+ years of closing experience, Ann Lehmann is an efficient, knowledgable & reliable closer. Over the past 17+ years, she has obtained & maintained a great client-base by providing excellent customer service. Ann is friendly, helpful, flexible & accessible to both her customers & clients helping to ensure that the sometimes tumultuous closing process is a smooth one. Ann goes the extra mile literally because she is mobile and will close at a location that is convenient for her customers & clients
With 19+ years of experience, Burgundy is knowledgeable, efficient and professional. Her knowledge is wide in trusts, estates, guardianships and all closing areas. She excels in customer service and reading the client and their needs. Her team is great at making the client feel at ease and creating long lasting relationships. She is licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and can accommodate closings all over the metro.
Camden Hile has over 20-plus years of experience in the industry. Aside from being a one of the top, Executive Closers in our market, Camden has expertise in real estate office administrative responsibilities and new employee title training. Also she has a history of assisting and coaching her peers into becoming top volume closers – which is an invaluable asset.
Camden’s all-around knowledge of the industry and positive team attitude is appreciated by all who have the pleasure of working with her. Her commitment to providing excellent customer service, attention to detail, top-notch professionalism, complex problem-solving abilities and excellent organization and communication skills have contributed to her reputation of taking great care of those who are entrusted with her care.
Camden creates partnerships with her customers and it’s no surprise that she has a true and loyal following.
Ingrid Bredeson is an Executive Closer, par excellence. Having more than 24 years of industry experience, Ingrid is recognized by many real estate professionals as one of the top closers working in the Twin Cities.
When working with Ingrid Bredeson, you know you’re in the care of a true industry expert who will make your closing transaction a successful one, every time.
Ingrid’s closing-coordinator is Beth Vandervest and is also assisted by Marissa Graunke.
With over 20+ years in the industry, Jen Lutgen knows what it takes to get the job done.
Having been on both the real estate side and the title side of things, she has that added advantage. Her vast knowledge of this industry coupled with her love to connect with others is what sets her apart.
She prides herself on her ability to connect. She is truly a people person. Jen loves to laugh and to make others smile while still maintaining the highest level of professionalism.
Jen prides herself on adding her personal touch to each transaction she closes, and she realizes that each client has different needs, thus providing her service in a manner which suits them individually. Jen does not believe that one size fits all in this industry, so she skillfully handles each closing in a way that makes people feel extra cared for.
Jen is sharp, detailed and an excellent communicator. Her main goal is to exceed expectations.
As a title closer with Watermark Title Agency, Jen Lutgen and her team will take great care of her clients.
Julie Davidson came to Watermark Title Agency with 20 years of experience in the title industry. Julie takes pride in making sure the customers have the best experience possible, by providing a professional, thorough closing. With a constant attention to detail, Julie believes that organization and communication are keys to a successful closing.
The best compliment is having repeat customers and referrals of friends and family, as it truly gives Julie great job satisfaction.
“Watermark and Julie Davidson are amazing title partners. They consistently solve any title issues that might come up in the process and always make the closings fun and stress free. We have used other title companies and none of them compare to Watermark and Julie and their ability to give me peace of mind that a closing with them will go off without a hitch.”
– Lisa Wells, Mortgage Banker
“Julie and Kelly are excellent and they make our lives easier. Accommodations are actually normal procedure for them and we have grown accustomed to them providing this high level of service. We receive a lot of pressure to work with the National title companies and they are nowhere close to providing the service levels that Julie and Kelly give us. Thank you, Julie and Kelly, for being flexible. We really appreciate it and will continue to get you as much business as we can.”
– Mark Harritt, Personal Mortgage Consultant, US Bank Home Mortgage
Kara Sieben joined Watermark Title 7 years ago and has over 17 years of experience in the title industry. Kara graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Finance/Real Estate from the University of Northern Iowa, her seasoned perspective and rare knowledge of the industry allows her to be the advocate both agents and clients are looking for at the closing table. Kara is an intricate part of the closing process. She is a strong communicator, willing to answer questions, has the patience and ability to explain things to buyers and sellers who may not be familiar with the process. No one can argue that Kara’s exceptional professionalism, demeanor and positive attitude are a blessing in what can be a stressful time for clients. Kara is committed to providing creative problem solving, clear communication and remarkable customer service. When she is not closing real estate, Kara tries to sneak in a few rounds of golf while also managing the very busy schedules of her four kiddos and loving husband, Jarrod.
“This part of the process couldn’t have been any easier. I think it was a couple of emails and everything was there at closing. Amazing behind the scene commitment! Thank you!”
-Adam Hoy (Past Client)
“Kara was professional and friendly. She was efficient and communicated effectively to us in a timely fashion. We had no questions unanswered and the closing on our house was done professionally and smoothly”
-Carla Jacobs (Past Client)
“Kara was swift yet detailed with the closing. Made it a comfortable experience. Thanks Kara!”
– Ben Anshus (Past Client)
“Kara, I was so happy to deal with you and your team as you made things so easy to process and finalize. With my wife and me living in Des Moines and not being close to the happenings surrounding the sale of the townhouse and then the closing, it was just such a relief to have you get back to us so quickly with information that was easy to understand. But most importantly, you gave us peace of mind and didn’t take us for granted, walking us through what we needed since this isn’t a familiar process for us. You made us feel like a top priority!!!
It has become very hard to find that sort of service these days, so I always like to let people know when they have exceeded expectations!”
Kristi Hoffmann is an Executive Closer with 5+ years of experience in the title industry. She graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. After working throughout the summer helping with our Production Department and various closing teams, she was hooked on the fast-paced industry!
Kristi excels with her attention to detail, efficiency and communication skills, working diligently to ensure transactions go smoothly for clients. Kristi recognizes the importance of customer service and her primary goal is to provide the very best with each transaction, regardless of how difficult the situation may be.
With more than 25 years of experience in the title industry, Sara Gephart provides a rare level of expertise in customer service as a closer. She has closed tens of thousands of residential, commercial and builder transactions, and is one of the top title-closers in Minnesota. Sara’s extensive experience, professionalism and problem-solving skills are invaluable to her clients and customers.
In Sara’s own words; ‘I am committed to providing accurate, efficient and professional closing services. Because I am solution driven, I will always take the extra step to ensure my clients’ needs are met.’
From our experience as well as hearing it from Sara’s clients, we know this to be true. This is the optimism and attitude that contributes to Watermark Title’s talented team.
Scott has been a title professional for 20+ years. He excels at making all parties involved feel comfortable and cared for during the sometimes stressful real estate market. Whereas most title companies focus on the volume and revenue, Scott treats each and every transaction as an individual file, never missing a detail along the way. Scott also maintains a cool, level head all the way though to a successful closing.
“Scott at Watermark Title does an outstanding job for us. We never worry about our closing when he has the file. We know the job will get done. The reliability and dependability of everyone there is such a comfort in today’s crazy real estate market. We wouldn’t trust anyone else with our files.”
– Angela Schatz, Schatz Real Estate Group
“I highly recommend the professionals at Watermark Title. Throughout the closing process, I know that my clients are well taken care of. The title closers are committed to providing the highest service level at all times. They not only get the job done every single time, but they excel at it!”
– Elizabeth Koehler, Mortgage Banker
“My closer, Scott Orman, provides excellent service. He responds to concerns and returns my calls quickly. One of my clients needed to sign his documents before closing. Scott drove them to Sunfish Lake to obtain signatures. My clients appreciate having their questions answered thoroughly and on a timely basis. This team has made me a better realtor.”
– Amy Deckas, Edina Realty
“I just wanted to thank you for the great closing today! You’re a terrific closer, very thorough, very professional and you made the client feel comfortable – it’s so appreciated! And, thanks, too, for giving Steve a closing gift – what a nice touch! Thanks again.”
-Ramona Jenkins, Bell Mortgage
“Yesterday and today were both pleasantly smooth and simple! Scott, as I expected, was wonderful. He simplified the paperwork and explained it in a way that the clients didn’t feel overwhelmed. We had a last minute change in the closing time yesterday and Kristi took care of it right away. I appreciate you for connecting me with Scott and Kristi. I was searching for the right people I could trust to take care of my clients the same way I do. Scott and Kristi are those people. Thank you again!”
– Tamara Laingen, Keller Williams Premier Realty
“Scott Orman, Bob Kraemer and Watermark Title have been an extremely good fit for my business. For me, they are easy to work with, very professional and always get the job done on time, with accurate detail and style. For my clients, they get the personal service and the care that makes the last step in the transaction meaningful. They go above and beyond the transaction to add value and develop relationships.”
Shasta graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1995 with a degree in speech and communications. In 1996, Shasta obtained her paralegal certificate from the Minnesota Paralegal Institute. In 2013, Shasta was inducted into the Gustavus Adolphus Hall of Fame for Gymnastics and in 2019, was inducted into the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Hall of Fame. Shasta uses this same drive to provide excellent customer service to her clients.
Shasta started her title career in 1997 at a local law office, and continued to work as a closing assistant/paralegal for 19 years. In 2014, Shasta transitioned into a full time closer. Shasta has many years of experience in all aspects of closing from clearing title and drafting documents to conducting closings. Shasta prides herself on doing an A+ job for all of her clients.
Lyna Vanderlinde is recognized in the real estate community as one of the elite closers in the Twin Cities. Prior to joining Watermark Title, Lyna owned Metro West Closing Services. With 25+ years in real estate and title closing industry, Lyna has had the pleasure of helping countless buyers and sellers acquire their dream. Her expertise is in creatively resolving complex title issues and closing a wide range of transaction types.
Lyna is also helping Watermark with Business Development. Her dynamic personality, backed by Watermark Title’s service, make a great combination for you and your closing needs.
Lyna genuinely cares about her customers’ needs and expectations. She will always go that extra mile to make sure that you, the customer, has had the best closing experience possible.
Anna graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in English Literature. With 15+ years in various customer service and hospitality fields she has the ability to understand customer behavior and accommodate accordingly and to work as an integral member of a cohesive team.
Ariel joined the Watermark team in May 2019. She has over 7 years in the client service industry. Ariel strives daily to perform with excellence and to provide the best experience and assistance to her clients and fellow employees. She is dedicated and her goal is to make the best experience possible for everyone involved.
Brianna joined Watermark in April 2019 with a 15+ year background in customer service, operations and leadership. She is focused on learning and growth and enjoys staying organized and making sure that everything is done in the most efficient way possible. Brianna has a passion for employee relations and feels that strong relationship building is the key to success. She enjoys problem solving and her main goal is to ensure that each client is the #1 priority and that everyone feels welcome.
With 15+ years of title experience ranging from title assistant to title coordinator & title examiner to final policy processor, Brooke E. Anderson understands the closing process from start to finish. She is diligent in her efforts to make sure that files are opened accurately and takes great care to follow-up on all the details to ensure that everything title-wise is ready to go for closing. Her organizational skills & attention to detail make her an asset to our customers & clients.
Charlie came to Watermark Title with over 10 years of experience in customer service. She has spent the last 5 years in the title industry priding herself on efficient communication and organization. She believes these are essential qualities to create a smooth, worry-free closing. Charlie’s attention to detail, sense of urgency, and problem-solving skills help her excel in facilitating a successful closing experience and high customer satisfaction within the fast-paced industry. Charlie is a key piece of the Kristi Hoffmann team.
Cindy Lund brings solid client care to Watermark Title Agency with more than 17-plus years of title experience. She is poised and talented at multitasking and enjoys taking on the challenges provided by our fast-paced business. Her dedication to detail and responsiveness sets her apart from her industry peers.
Cindy is also a licensed Realtor, and understands the value of providing the best customer service for our clients. She receives high praise from agents and mortgage professionals for her consistent service, reliability and integrity in handling all aspects of their clients’ experiences.
Cindy also holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Sales and Marketing from Mankato State University.
Watermark Title provides A-level service, because of talent like Cindy Lund.
As an Executive Closing Assistant with Watermark Title Agency, Daphne sets the bar high in our local (and national!) title industry. With over 10 years of experience, Daphne Kline is detail-oriented, multi-taking, and an integral part of her closing team, based out of our North Oaks/Shoreview office. Her response to lender and quick turn-time with numbers help expedite the closing process, which all parties involved, love!
Daphne’s clients know that when they are working with Daphne, they are in very capable hands. Her commitment to great communication, and looking out for her client’s best interest keep all of Daphne’s – and the entire closing team – happy, when working with her.
Daphne joined Watermark Title at the North Oaks/Shoreview office, with Jen Lutgen, Lauren Stockert and Tanya Strathman.
Katie joined Watermark in December of 2019 and assists on Erin McGinley’s team. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a degree in Elementary Education and brings with her 5+ years professional experience in the education and customer service industry. Providing an exceptional closing is a top priority for her. Katie’s attention to detail, strong communication skills and positive mindset makes her an excellent addition to this team!
As a Closing Coordinator with over 20 plus years of experience in the title industry, Kelly has an extensive background within the industry. This means Kelly is set for handling the various aspects and complexities of the closing process. Kelly’s attention to detail and problem solving skills along with her exceptional and professional customer service and communication skills makes the closing process for the customers and clients a positive and stress free experience. She looks forward to the opportunity to work with you and your customers. Kelly along w/ Julie and Paula make the team experience a refreshing change with seamless communication and efficiency. The team takes great pride in their work.
As an Executive Closing Assistant at Watermark Title Marissa brings even more sense of urgency, customer service and problem-solving skills to Ingrid’s Closing Team. With several years’ experience in the title industry, Marissa loves being the resource for all parties with any questions from the time the purchase agreement is signed, through closing and beyond. Her promise is to thoroughly communicate, pay attention to every detail and provide only the highest level of customer service which allow you to focus on other important details for the closing. If you have questions regarding the closing process, please do not hesitate to reach out; Marissa would greatly appreciate the opportunity to facilitate your next transaction.
Mikaela Ziegler graduated in the spring of 2020 from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology. She comes to Watermark with 6+ years of customer service experience ranging from management to patient care. She has always been passionate about working with others to help them reach their goals. Her attention to detail, dedication to growing, and hard work ethic will help her provide a smooth and exceptional closing. She strives to provide the best assistance to her team and clients and could not be more happy to be a part of a hardworking and passionate team of likeminded professionals.
Paula Nymeyer has been in the title industry for 16 years, working on all sides of the business from the production to closing. Despite her longevity in the industry, she finds that there is the opportunity to learn something new every day. Paula is dedicated to helping her team at Watermark Title deliver an exceptional customer experience.
Renee graduated in 1995 with a degree in Education from the College of St Scholastica. She has now been in the title industry for over 18 years and couldn’t be happier to be working at Watermark Title, whom she considers the best in the business. As Renee says – she likes that you learn something new almost every day. Renee enjoys working with buyers/sellers and making them feel comfortable and at ease on one of the most stressful and important days of their lives.
Ryan came to Watermark Title in 2017 with 20+ years in the customer service industry, with over half of that time being spent in the title industry. Her attention to detail, exceptional organization skills, and fantastic work ethic make her an invaluable asset to Watermark Title. She works seamlessly with her team to ensure that each closing is a successful, pleasant experience for their clients.
Ryan comes to Watermark Title with over 17 years of experience in customer service including 3 plus years in the real estate industry. Ryan is highly organized, prompt, and detail oriented. As a former U.S. Marine Ryan also exhibits a strong work ethic, commitment to teamwork, and dedication to excellence on a daily basis. Ryan is excited to be a part of Kara Sieben’s team to support our customers throughout the closing process.
Shelby graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Catherine University in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. With a background in client relations, Shelby’s focus is on helping others. Creative, optimistic, and detail-oriented, she is ready to take on any challenge to better serve her clients.
Tanya comes to Watermark with 19 years of experience in the title industry. She is detail oriented and always makes customer service her top priority. Tanya has worked with her closer – Burgundy Johnson for 13 years.
As an Executive Title Assistant with Watermark Title Agency, Tanya Strathman is an experienced closing assistant specializing in Trusts and Estates. Tanya is knowledgeable about what is needed to clear title and her attention to detail ensures a smooth closing experience for agents and their clients.
Besides working on files from start to finish, she assists closers, Lauren Stockert and Jen Lutgen, in traveling for signatures and documents to facilitate successful closings.
Tanya joined Watermark Title in the North Oaks/Shoreview office, along with Lauren Stockert, Jen Lutgen and Daphne Kline.
Tayler graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal Communication and joined Watermark in March of 2017. With over 10 years of customer service experience, Tayler prides herself on providing a positive and efficient closing experience for each agent and client she works with. Tayler works on a team with closer – Kara Sieben. Her attention to detail, problem solving skills, and quick responses are an excellent addition to this successful closing team.
“Kara is AWESOME! Tayler needs no adjective because she’s everything!”
-Chad Bulloch, Realtor, Keller Williams Integrity Lakes Realty
Teylor graduated from the University of Minnesota with a major in strategic communication and a minor in management. She comes to Watermark with 9+ years of experience in customer service. Teylor has a strong attention to detail and is willing to do what needs to be done without taking shortcuts. Her goal is to leave each client with the feeling that everything has been taken care of as easily and smoothly as possible.
Teylor is an important key to the Camden Hile team.
Allie Graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a double major in Studio Arts and Advertising and a minor in Religious and Holocaust studies. She has 10+ years of experience in customer service and specified hospitality, prior to joining the Watermark Team. Allie focus’ on treating each guest with the upmost respect and thrives on making lasting relationships with each client during their visit(s).
Mainyoua joined Watermark in April 2020. She has over 6 years of experience in customer service. Mainyoua thrives on learning, providing great service, and supporting the team. She is focused on bringing a warm and welcoming feel for every client, and continuing to build relationships with everyone she meets.
McKenzie graduate from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD with a Bachelor of Music Education. She previous taught Music Education for 4 years and has 8+ years of experience in customer service prior to joining the Watermark Team. McKenzie strives to provide the best customer service possible. She has committed to being a life-long learner and enjoys any new challenges.
Charlie comes to Watermark with many years of experience and knowledge in all aspects of production. She is a licensed abstractor and brings with her great precision, accuracy and efficiency. Her daily goal at Watermark is to continue to provide positive, high-quality, exceptional service to our clientele and she always goes the extra mile to get the task completed. She always holds herself to exceptionally high standards which she refers to as “The Watermark Way”.
Jennifer served in the US Navy aboard the USS Emory S. Land, a Submarine Tender homeported in Norfolk, VA. After training in Florida, California and Illinois, she joined the ship on its deployment where it was anchored at a remote site off the coast of Oman. The Vessel tended combatant ships on missions within the Persian Gulf. Her fun fact; she participated in the Navy’s traditional Line Crossing Ceremony and can officially claim herself as a Shellback.
Jennifer came to Watermark Title with 25+ years in Customer Service and Administrative experience in retail, hospitality and construction.
As the Office Manager for a Residential Developing and Building Company, she was a long-time customer of Real Estate Closing Agencies and her career path seemed to naturally progress towards the detailed aspects of the Title Insurance Industry. With various experience on all sides of the Closing process, Jennifer enjoys working behind the scenes playing a role from the beginning, middle and end of each file.
Jennifer comes to Watermark Title with 14 years of experience in Title Production, Accounting and Closing Services. Her extensive experience, work ethic and efficiency continue to elevate our team. She is dedicated to provide excellent service to our clientele.
Jennifer’s favorite quite; “All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.” – Calvin Coolidge
Kayla comes to Watermark Title after 6+ years in the Travel Industry. Working in various customer service positions has taught her strong attention to detail and communication skills. Her willingness to learn and strong work ethic make her a great addition to the Production Team.
Lisa Blauvelt comes to Watermark with over 22 years of extensive real estate experience. Working in numerous roles in the real estate world, from closer to production and processing, she provides excellent customer service to both internal and external customers. She takes pride in her attention to details and strong organization skills, and will provide the best experience possible for everyone involved.
Marie Dieringer joins Watermark Title with 10+ years of experience as Listing/Sales Coordinator and Administrative Assistant in the real estate industry. She has a special passion for helping others grow their business and enjoys interacting with clients ensuring a successful experience every time. With her expertise in customer care and administrative support, she is a great addition to our production team.
Nichole comes to Watermark Title after spending the last 10 years as a Sales and Marketing Assistant in the consumer packaged goods industry representing major food and health care manufacturers. Her knowledge in customer service, efficiency, and willingness to learn make her a great addition to our production team.
Julie comes to Watermark Title with many years of experience in title production. Julie’s unique skillset, customer service, along with her accuracy and efficiency, make Julie a great fit in our production team at Watermark Title.
Megan graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of St. Thomas in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Legal Studies & Ethics. Despite being a recent graduate, she works diligently on your file with over 4 years of experience in the title insurance industry. No stranger to hard work, Megan dedicates her energy to ensuring that each file is taken care of from the moment it’s sent to our office until the closing date.
With 17 years of experience, Randy brings a wide range of knowledge to the title and real estate profession.
From real estate agent to title processor to title trainer, he has developed a level of expertise and attention to detail that lends itself well to his position as an abstracter for Watermark Title. Randy’s top priority as an abstracter is to bring an accurate and detailed report of the real estate record to Watermark’s Examination Department.
Annie Van Gorp
Examiner & Production Department Manager
Annie is an attorney (J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law) and has over 15 years of experience in the Title Insurance Industry. Throughout those years, Annie has gained experience in multiple areas with particular emphasis in New Construction, Claims, and Title Examination.
As a self-proclaimed “Title Geek,” Annie is dedicated to problem solving and providing exceptional customer service to ensure that every closing at Watermark Title is a success.
Charlie is an attorney (J.D. from University of Minnesota Law School) with over twenty years of experience in title examination. In that time he has completed tens of thousands of title exams, and for eleven of those years he managed a title insurance agency.
Charlie brings to Watermark an extensive knowledge and understanding of all aspects of title production and customer relations. His goal at Watermark is to continue to provide positive, high-quality service to both closers and customers alike.
Katie joins Watermark Title with 21 years of real estate title experience. Through her title career she has worked in both the Closing field as a Senior Closing Coordinator and in the Production field working in the recording and claims departments.
She has experience in drafting and proofing documents for accuracy, submitting documents to the respective counties for recording, and resolving outstanding title issues. Katie prides herself on her attention to detail and her strong organization skills. She is dedicated to providing excellent customer service to both internal and external customers.
Katie enjoys the title industry because it is ever changing providing an opportunity to always be learning something new.
Kris has been in the title insurance industry for over 20 years. With experience ranging from production to final policies she brings a unique and extensive knowledge base to Watermark Title. She has experience in opening orders, examining and preparing commitments, clearing title work both locally and nationally, proofing documents for recording, and preparing and issuing final policies. She spent three years as a trainer with the sole responsibility of training employees how to clear title. This comprehensive understanding of the closing process allows her to provide an exceptional level of customer service to Watermark clients.
One of the things she enjoys most about the title insurance industry is that every file is different and unique which makes every day different and unique. She enjoys and takes every opportunity to learn and one of her greatest strengths is her “bring it on” attitude.
Peggy brings over 30 years of experience in the industry to Watermark Title. In addition to years of performing countless title examinations, she has also acted as the manager of several title insurance agencies and has practiced real estate law (J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law).
No matter how many properties she examines, Peggy continues to find the title industry interesting and challenging, and she enjoys doing her part to make each and every closing at Watermark Title a success.
Joann Birk is one of two managing partners at Watermark Title Agency. With more than 15 years as a manager and closer in the title industry, Joann brings a passion for creating a perfect finale to the home buying and selling experience. On top of this, Joann does an excellent job in helping guide Watermark on a daily basis, staying true to our mission.
Joann continues Watermark’s tradition of delivering exceptional service to our clients and our people. This is the ongoing mission of Watermark Title Agency, and one that is taken seriously each day.
Zeb Haney is the founding partner, and one of two managing partners at Watermark Title Agency. Zeb brings to the company a successful track-record based in real estate sales, industry analysis, business structure and development and of course, an entrepreneurial spirit.
Zeb continues Watermark’s founding tradition of delivering exceptional service to our clients. This is the ongoing mission of Watermark Title Agency, and one that is taken seriously each day.