Convention Speakers






Bruce Phillips is senior vice president and Chief Information Security Officer for WEST, a Williston Financial Group company, which creates industry-leading technology to streamline and fully integrate the real estate process. He is responsible for the company’s information security practice, as well as its litigation and forensic support services. Bruce has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services, insurance, title and escrow, real estate, healthcare and defense industries. His key areas of expertise include data protection, risk management, cybersecurity and technology. Bruce provides knowledgeable assistance to lenders, real estate agents, and title and escrow companies recovering from a data breach, and offers guidance on regulatory compliance, strategic planning and processes and procedures. He also advises lenders, real estate agents, and title and escrow companies on how to avoid phishing scams as well as what steps to take if they have already been a victim of a scam. Bruce is a sought-out speaker on information security, data protection, risk management and litigation support. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and is a member of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) ®.











Kay M. Creasman, Counsel and Assistant Vice President for Old Republic National Title Company, has been with Old Republic since March 2008 solving problems with practical solutions for title and settlement agents throughout Virginia.  Since 1976, she has, at various times, maintained a private law practice in the Richmond area focusing on real estate, small business matters, and wills; owned and operated a high-volume title insurance and non-attorney settlement agency; been employed by national underwriters as counsel in Virginia and West Virginia; and searched title in the record rooms. 

Ms. Creasman is an active member and a past president (2003-2004) of the Virginia Land Title Association (VLTA), and the 2010 recipient of the VLTA Distinguished Service Award. She currently (2022) serves on Legislative and Education Committees. She has been active as an Area Representative for the Real Property Section of the Virginia State Bar serving as the Chair of the Real Property Board of Governors (2018-2019) and was recipient of the Traver Scholar Award in 2017. She is also active with the Virginia Bar Association’s Real Estate Section serving as coordinator of new legislative matters related to real estate.
Richmond, Richmond, VA.  















Stephanie Marcello is underwriting counsel for Westcor Land Title Insurance Company, where she provides guidance and advice to the agents in its Mid-Atlantic region. Stephanie has worked in the title insurance industry since 2002, beginning her career at a multi-state title agency as agency counsel. She spent the next part of her career working for both agent and underwriter as a title examination attorney, underwriting and claims attorney in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. She is a member of both the Maryland and Florida state bars. Born and raised in Miami, Stephanie received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University and her law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She is a native speaker of Spanish and fluent in French. She resides in Ellicott City, Maryland with her husband, son, daughter and yellow lab.





Jeffrey W. Thompson is an underwriting counsel for Westcor Land Title Insurance Company where he provides guidance and advice to the agents in its Mid-Atlantic region. His work over the last 30+ years has touched on many aspects of the real estate and title industry from abstracting to residential title examination and settlements, to complex commercial transactions for a national title insurer. He has presented and/or coordinated seminars for Westcor, the District of Columbia Land Title Association, the Maryland Land Title Association, the Virginia Land Title Association and others, on a wide range of issues facing title industry participants. Mr. Thompson has been recognized by the Maryland Land Title Association as a Certified Land Title Professional. He received a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Urban Studies from the University of Maryland – College Park and a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law. When not in the office, he can usually be found during the summer months with his wife and dog in a tandem kayak on the nearest body of water.



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