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About Us


No Substitute for Experience

About Us


No Substitute for Experience

Dedicated to Excellence

Proliant Settlement Services was founded in 2018 by Michael Strat, Robert Considine, Richard Parsons, and John Apostol. The founding partners spent years identifying, developing, and perfecting a title agency franchise platform that eliminates the traditional barriers to entry in the industry. As owners of the company, they had the power and flexibility to completely overhaul existing systems, minimize red tape and eliminate unnecessary procedural steps.

Our Founders

Michael Strat

Michael Strat

President, Cofounder

 
Michael is a three-decade veteran of the title services business. For more than three decades A pioneer of the business, he co-founded North American Title in 1987 with Richard Parsons and John Apostol. The three-man operation quickly grew to a 100-employee enterprise in fewer than five years by developing new and more efficient title processing systems.

In 2000, North American Title merged with First American, and Michael became the entity’s President of the Southeast Michigan Division. During his first four years at First American, he oversaw the team responsible for overhauling First American’s systems, processes and customer service. Additionally, he helped increase the company’s volume from 2,000 orders per month to more than 10,000.

In 2005, Michael and the North American Title founding partners, Rick Parsons and John Apostol, along with First American Title colleague Robert Considine establish Vanguard Title. In 2018, the Vanguard Title founders joined forces once again to establish Proliant Settlement Systems, LLC.

 Robert Considine

Robert Considine

EVP, Cofounder

 
Robert is a 20-year veteran of the title services industry. Prior to establishing Proliant Settlement Systems, LLC, Considine worked at North American Title as the firm’s Human Resources Manager. In this position, he helped grow the business into a robust title organization with nearly 100 employees in less than two years.

From 2000 to 2004, Considine worked with the team responsible for overhauling First American’s systems, processes and the customer service experience. In 2005, he joined forces with Michael Strat, Rick Parsons, and John Apostol to establish Vanguard Title. In 2018, he and his partners—along with colleague Robert Considine—formed Proliant Settlement Systems, LLC.

Considine holds a Master of Arts degree in Industrial Relations from Wayne State University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, and a certification in Senior Professional Human Resources.

John Apostol

John Apostol

General Counsel, Cofounder

 
John joined North American Title and founding partners in 1988. When North American Title merged with First American Title in 2000, he became the Southeast Michigan Division’s COO and General Counsel.

At First American, Apostol helped forge a new, vibrant business atmosphere that returned focus to the needs of new and existing clients that migrated to First American.

In 2018, John and the North American Title founding partners, Rick Parsons and Mike Strat, along with First American Title colleague Robert Considine united to establish Proliant Settlement Systems, LLC.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit Law School with a concentration in real estate law.

Rick Parsons

Rick Parsons

EVP, Cofounder

 
Before cofounding North American Title with Michael Strat in 1987, Parsons honed his skills with a small local title insurance agency. Later joined by John Apostol, the three determined to streamline procedures in the title process to serve their clientele more efficiently.

For the next decade, Parsons helped his company navigate through the hectic business cycle of interest rate-driven refinance booms while growing a customer base that appreciated the company’s responsive, proactive approach to customer service.

In 2000, North American Title merged with First American Title and Parsons became the entity’s Vice President and Southeast Michigan Division Co-manager. This new management team created new and efficient systems-based processes which led to an increased from 24 orders per person, per month to 66 orders per person, per month.
In 2005, Parsons helped establish Vanguard Title. In 2018, Parsons united with John Apostol, Michael Strat and Robert Considine to establish Proliant Settlement Systems, LLC.

Leadership Team

Mike Telford

Mike Telford

Executive Vice President

 
Prior to joining Proliant Settlement Systems, Mike held executive positions in retail and wholesale lending, regional and national title agencies, national appraisal management and real estate auction companies. From 2014 to 2019, Mike was the Senior Vice President for the Orlans Group of companies and the Senior Executive Leader for eTitle agency, eAMC, Red eDocs and Towne Auction. Mike spent two years as the Executive Vice President for the appraisal management company Priority Appraisal USA from 2012 to 2014. Before his time at Priority Appraisal, USA, Mike served as Vice President and Senior Vice President at Quicken Loans and Amrock for more than 10 years.

Under his leadership, Mike helped these Michigan based companies grow to be national financial services providers. He made great strides in integrating technology platforms and systems to deliver quality products and superior service levels to all his clients. Throughout his career, Mike has led teams and provided strategy for operations, business development, sales, and marketing. He continues providing his leadership and expertise with Proliant Settlement Systems and has replicated the same success he’s had in his previous roles.

Brooke Sharrard

Brooke Sharrard

Operations Manager

 
Brooke joined the title industry directly out of college and has remained in the business for more than six years. Prior to joining the Proliant Settlement Systems team, Brooke began her career at Vanguard Title Company in the Order Entry department before transitioning to Title Examiner. When Proliant opened its doors in 2018, she transitioned to the IT department and helped develop the processes currently used in Proliant’s system. Brooke has learned Proliant processes from beginning to end that gives her a unique understanding of our systems, how each department functions, and how each role affects our other teams and our franchisees. She also trained to become an Escrow Officer.

Brooke currently serves as Proliant’s Operations Manager. Her responsibilities include in-house training, consulting and support for all new and existing franchisees while working with our managers to continue the improvement of our processes and procedures.

Joann Currier

Joann Currier

Title Production Manager

 
Joann has been in the title industry for more than 20 years. She began her career as a Title Production Supervisor at eTitle Agency. She quickly moved up the ranks, serving as the Team Lead Manager and Title Manager at Orlans, PC. .

During her time with Orlan, PC, she had tremendous success and grew her department to more than 20 employees. Joann has also managed the title team of a law firm, covering eight states in a demanding, fast-paced position.

Currently, Joann serves as the Title Manager for Proliant. In her first 18 months, she has already established more efficient processes for delivering titles and has effectively doubled the previous speed at with Proliant delivered titles. Her passion and knack for developing teams ensure that the right people are in the right seats—and her teams always produce great work.

Joan Klein

Joan Klein

Post-Closing Production Manager

 
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