Our Professionals

John J. Hughes, Jr., Esq., President

(914) 761-1776 ext. 210 jhughes@gamericantitle.com

John J. Hughes, Jr. was formerly Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sleepy Hollow Bank. An attorney admitted to the Bar since 1980, John has decades of experience in all legal and financial issues concerning commercial and residential real estate. He is a member of the American, New York State and Westchester County Bar Associations, as well as numerous local business organizations. John is proud of the Great American Title Agency and proud to be a part of the Title Insurance industry.

Sander Koudijs, Senior Vice President & Sales Executive

(914) 761-1776 ext. 214 skoudijs@gamericantitle.com

Sander Koudijs has over 16 years experience in the real estate business. He is an industry recognized sales executive who believes in earning his business by adding value for his clients. Sander works directly with his Realtor, Lender and Attorney base to help facilitate a smooth transaction for all those involved. As an avid and accomplished golfer, he helps his clients both on and off the course with strategic introductions that enable them to increase their business.

 James Maloney, Senior Vice President & Sales Executive

(914) 761-1776 ext. 212 jmaloney@gamericantitle.com

With over 40 years experience in the title insurance industry, Jim has been involved in just about every aspect of the real estate transaction. He started his career at The Title Guarantee Company in New York City as a Sales Executive and then as Branch Manager of their Midtown Office. He continued his career in National Sales with The Ticor Title Insurance Company and subsequently as Marketing Manager for Ticor in New York City before returning to sales in Westchester in 1991 with the Chicago Title Insurance Company.

Nancy Scovotti, Senior Vice President/Account Executive

(914) 761-1776 ext. 201 Office nscovotti@gamericantitle.com

Nancy is an industry-recognized title sales executive who began her career with a boutique title agency, a veteran of First American Title Insurance Company where she transitioned from production to sales and quickly became a top producer and most recently a distinguished tenure with Fidelity National Title Insurance Company where she became Vice President. With 20 years of knowledge and experience Great American Title Agency was delighted to bring her on board to empower their operation with unified continued growth. She is committed to providing clients with personal attention and First-Class service. She is dedicated to getting each transaction to the closing table as smoothly as possible by working closely with all parties. Nancy supports various Bar Associations and Real Estate related organizations in order to stay abreast of industry trends for both the Residential and Commercial sectors. Integrity and service is the key to her continued success!

 Lilyanna Pekic, Executive Vice President of Sales

(914) 761-1776 ext. 203 lpekic@gamericantitle.com

Lilyanna Pekic has been serving the unique needs of her clients since 2006. She has a sterling reputation for her service and professionalism which she developed through 20+ years as a licensed real estate broker, specializing in the Bronx. She has the professional and personal knowledge as well as practical experience in many aspects of sales to assist all her clients seeking guidance in their title insurance needs.

Peter Malusis, Executive Vice President of Sales

(914) 761-1776 ext. 204  pmalusis@gamericantitle.com

Peter brings over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry, working for both Title and Mortgage companies. His extensive knowledge and experience working in sales, production and management positions gives him a unique client-centered perspective to provide exemplary service that exceeds client expectations. He believes that a successful business relationship is one that benefits both parties, so he is always looking for ways to help his clients grow their business. Peter’s professionalism has led him straight to the top among our elite sales team at the Great American Title Agency.

Mark Cocozza, Chief Operating Officer

(914) 761-1776 ext. 208 mcocozza@gamericantitle.com

Mark Cocozza is a third-generation title insurance professional and brings a lifetime of experience to the title operations here at Great American. A consummate and diligent title expert, Mark has worked on all kinds of real estate transactions from single family dwellings to multi-site commercial properties. He began his career in 1996 with Allied Abstract as a title examiner, and subsequently joined PFC Title Insurance Agency, Ltd. in 2002, where he was responsible for clearing, examining and reading title. More recently, Mark held the position of Vice President at PFC Title Insurance from 2004 until the successful sale of the company at the end of 2013.

Erica Balko, Production Manager & Closing Coordinator

(914) 761-1776 ext. 206 ebalko@gamericantitle.com

Erica Balko is 16 year veteran of the Title insurance industry. Having spent much of her title life at PFC Title Insurance Agency, Ltd in Westchester County, she is a consummate, experienced and dedicated title professional. Erica has served in the capacity of Recording Manager, Closing Coordinator, and Title Administrator, and she continues these responsibilities on a more expansive level here at Great American where she manages the production department. She understands the entire title process from application to post closing, and is a pivotal part of the production department.

Lorraine Colarossi, Legal Assistant

(914) 761-1776 ext. 213 lorrainec@gamericantitle.com

Lorraine Colarossi comes to Great American with over three decades of experience working in both the production and underwriting departments of the Title Insurance Industry. Lorraine began her career in the title industry in 1982 at Statewide Abstract working for the production department and closing desk. More recently, Lorraine spent eight years at PFC Title Insurance Agency LTD where she coordinated applications, municipals, surveys and clearance. In addition to her production experience, Lorraine has over 15 years of experience as a paralegal specializing in criminal law and real estate law. Her extensive knowledge of the industry and excellent customer service makes her a vital contribution to each transaction from contract to post-closing.

Alba Zhina, Accounting Manager

(914) 761-1776 ext. 205 azhina@gamericantitle.com

Alba Zhina comes to the Great American with an extensive background in accounting and finance. Her experience includes her past position as a compliance officer for a financial service firm where she was responsible for the coordination and monitoring of the Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Program: Employee compliance with policies and procedures, and assisting regulators with audits and examinations. Her accounting knowledge and her ability to be precise and diligent has been an asset to the title accounting procedures required of her at the company.

Sabrina Kessler, Recording Coordinator

(914) 761-1776 ext. 207 skessler@gamericantitle.com

Sabrina is an extremely efficient and seasoned Recording Coordinator at the Great American Title Agency, Inc. She brings over 20 years of experience in the title industry. Her career began at Bartech Abstract where she gained an overall understanding of the title business by working in various departments.
Later, her sole responsibility at Chicago Title Insurance Company and Stewart Title Insurance Company was reviewing and recording documents where she became an expert in this area. We are delighted she joined our team in 2015 with much experience, attention to detail and commitment to provide unparalleled customer service. Sabrina strives for excellence and continuously over delivers.

Lavonne Velez, Inside Sales Coordinator

(914) 761-1776 ext. 215 lavonne@gamericantitle.com

Lavonne joins Great American with over 16 years of experience in the Medical Insurance field. During her tenure with Emblem Health, she handled various administrative roles as Office Manager and Senior Executive Assistant to mid and senior-level managers. Her background in the insurance industry, developed her customer service skills and strong work ethic. Her long history makes her a valuable addition to our production department where she will continually deliver First-Class service to our customers and work towards not only meeting but exceeding expectations.