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.

John is a graduate of Georgetown University and Boston College of Law.  He attended Graduate School of Business Administration of New York University.  He is admitted to the New York and Supreme Court Bar.

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.

Chris Pierro

 Chris Pierro, Senior Sales Representative

(914) 761-1776 cpierro@gamericantitle.com

Chris Pierro is a 38 year veteran in the title insurance industry. He has worked over the years for First American Title, Lawyers Title, Stewart Title as well as Judicial Title Insurance Agency. Chris brings in depth knowledge of the commercial market, particularly commercial investments and redevelopment as well as residential and real estate development. Chris brings unique perspective, insight and knowledge of title issues.

Julie Faller

 Julie Faller,Senior Vice President and Senior Underwriter

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

Julie joined the company in April, 2018 with 20 years of experience as an underwriting counsel and 30 years of overall experience in the title industry. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the College of the Holy Cross and Cum Laude from Pace Law School, where she earned her Juris Doctor degree. She was an Associate, Member and Casenote and Comment Editor of the Pace Law Review and published numerous articles during her tenure and was a multiple Dean’s List recipient. Julie has served as both commercial and residential counsel for several large title agencies in addition to being underwriting counsel for First American, Commonwealth and Stewart title insurance companies. Julie’s expertise and dedication to every customer’s needs are tremendous assets of Great American.

Erica Balko, Production Manager & Closing Coordinator

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

Having nearly two decades of experience in the title insurance industry has made Erica a consummate, experienced and dedicated title professional. Her career in title insurance began at PFC Title Insurance Agency, Ltd., where Erica served in the capacity of Recording Manager, Closing Coordinator and Title Administrator. She continues these responsibilities on a more expansive level here at Great American, where she manages the production and closing departments. She understands the entire title process from application to post closing, and is a pivotal part of the both departments.

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.

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Katrina Chiappetta, Recording and Survey Coordinator

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

Katrina has over a decade of experience in the title insurance industry.  She began her career at Judicial Title in 2008 in the Closing department, where she prepared policies and scheduled closings.  She moved to the Applications Department where she was deeply involved in customer service, processing new title orders, and amending existing title reports.  She transitioned into the Legal Department where she continued to uphold her high standards of customer service with title bill preparation and clearance for residential and commercial real estate transactions.  Her experience, attention to detail, and commitment to providing unparalleled customer service make her a vital asset to the Great American Title Agency.

Elisabeth Baker

Elisabeth Baker, Inside Sales 

(914) 761-1776 ext. 202  Ebaker@gamericantitle.com

Elisabeth comes to Great American with nearly 15 years of experience in the medical and insurance industries. Holding various positions, including office manager and EMR training coordinator, Elisabeth has been able to cultivate the necessary work ethic and customer service skills to exceed expectations.

Nick D'Agostino

E. Nicholas D’Agostino, Esq. 

(914) 761-1776 ndagostino@gamericantitle.com

E. Nicholas D’Agostino, Esq. an attorney admitted to the New York and Connecticut bar in 1998, specializes in Residential and Commercial Real Estate. For over 20 years, Nick has assisted individuals in all phases of the sale and purchase of residential properties, as well as providing comprehensive representation for individuals who are selling, purchasing, refinancing or leasing commercial properties. Prior to owning his own Law Firm and Title Insurance Agency, Nick was employed as an attorney in the Manhattan based law firm of Donovan & Giannuzzi, handling the negotiation and closing of complex multi-million dollar commercial real estate transactions representing sellers, purchasers and several well known lending institutions. Immediately prior to his experience at Donovan & Giannuzzi, he was recruited by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Special Agent. While he was offered a position to attend the academy in Quantico, Virginia, and briefly did, he ultimately returned to the practice of law. When he is not working, Nick enjoys spending time with his son taking Tae Kwon Do classes and coaching track and field. Nick is excited to join the Great American Title Agency team.

Mariana Ruiz

Mariana Ruiz, Production Coordinator 

(914) 761-1776  ext. 211  mruiz@gamericantitle.com

Mariana joins Great American with over 15 years of experience in the insurance industry. She began her career at Allstate in 2002 as a customer service representative. In 2013 she transitioned to title insurance working in all aspects of production, including client and vendor relations. She is passionate about providing the utmost level of service and customer satisfaction with every interaction. She takes pride in utilizing her organization and communication skills to set new and improved standards to optimize workflow and create a positive and productive work environment.

Gayle Seaman, Title Consultant 

(914) 761-1776   gseaman@gamericantitle.com

Gayle Seaman a veteran of the title industry brings a lifetime of experience. Her vast expertise includes: managing the law department for a major title insurance company, examination, underwriting, clearance, closings, and agency auditing working with both direct operations and agencies. Gayle’s extensive knowledge of the industry from local to national transactions and excellent customer service makes her a vital contribution to each transaction. She is a consummate, experienced and dedicated title professional.