Proper Title announces new CEO, plans for national expansion

Proper Title, LLC, one of Illinois’ largest title insurance agencies, announced today that Judd D. Hoffman has been hired as chief executive officer. Hoffman has been a driving force behind growth, tech innovation and culture-building throughout a 10-year career at two of the nation’s largest title companies. Now, he will take on a similar role at Proper Title, a company that is looking to scale nationally by applying the systems and service model that made it a market leader in the Chicago area in less than a decade.

Proper Title is backed by Chicago-based @properties, one of the 10 largest residential brokerage firms in the U.S. by sales volume according to the 2020 REALTrends 500 rankings. @properties currently operates in nine states and launched a franchise program at the end of last year to accelerate national expansion. The firm provides a significant avenue of growth for Proper Title, but Proper Title also intends to grow via organic market-share capture and through acquisitions.

Most recently, Hoffman served as chief transformation officer for States Title and president of its affiliate, North American Title Company. In these roles he assisted in a redesign of the company’s technology platform, merged regional divisions, managed business development and oversaw exponential growth of both revenue and operating margins. The company recently changed its name to Doma and just announced plans to go public via a special purpose acquisition company.

Previously, Hoffman spent eight years at First American Title Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, and the second-largest title company in the U.S. As president of First American’s Direct Division, he led an organizational transformation that resulted in increased market share, employee retention and profitability.

Proper Title is the No. 1 issuing agent in Illinois for Fidelity National Finance (FNF) and has earned the FNF Excellence in Action award for six consecutive years. It was also named a Crain’s Chicago Business “Best Places to Work” in 2019 and 2020.

Prior to his work in the title industry, Hoffman founded and/or led several companies in the communications and medical products industries. He is also a partner in an early-stage venture capital firm.