National Team

Thomas R. Klein

Senior Vice President/Manager, National Agency and Mid Atlantic Regions

A native and current resident of Richmond, Virginia, Klein is charged with developing the company’s business segment supporting national and multistate agencies. In addition, Klein is overseeing the development of AmTrust’s footprint in the Mid Atlantic Region (South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, DC and Maryland). Prior to joining AmTrust, he worked 7 years for WFG National Title Insurance Company, developing its Southeast Region and then serving as National Agency Manager. Prior to working at WFG, he worked for 22 years for LandAmerica serving in numerous leadership capacities including the formation of national agency and affiliated business divisions. Klein also has owned his own independent title agency and practiced real estate law. Mr. Klein earned his law degree from the University of Richmond and his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

R. Michael Smith

Regional Underwriting Counsel

Prior to joining AmTrust Title, Mr. Smith was Underwriting Counsel for Conestoga Title Insurance Co., underwriting title insurance risks for title agents and approved attorneys in the MidAtlantic and Midwest. Before that, he held senior posts for national title insurance companies, primarily in Virginia. He also has been in the private practice of law focused on real estate and has been Managing Attorney for a title and settlement subsidiary of a national builder.

Bea Sykes

Mid Atlantic Agency Representative

Bea is a 45+ year veteran of the title industry. She was previously an Agency Sales Consultant for WFG National Title and was charged with signing new agents in the Central, VA market. She worked for Stewart Title as President of Stewart’s Virginia operation and then later as Vice President and Agency Service Manager. She recruited and signed new agents for Security Title of Virginia. She then introduced Fidelity National into the Central Virginia market. Her experience earlier in her career included the role of an abstractor for American St. Paul Title Insurance Company.

Cheryl Klein

Mid Atlantic Agency Representative

Prior to AmTrust, Cheryl was Vice President, Agency Resources WFG National Title Insurance Company. During her tenure there, she served as the liaison officer for the 12th Floor Group, a consortium of highly vetted local and national title agents who cater to lenders. In addition, Cheryl onboarded Virginia and national agents, to utilize WFG title production search services. Before that, she managed and operated her own Richmond, VA-based title agency, Alliance National Title Company.

Carlos M. Rodriguez Esq.

Florida Agency Manager

Carlos M. Rodriguez Esq., an attorney with nearly two decades of title, commercial real estate, compliance, and insurance experience has joined the company as Florida Agency Manager. Based in Miami, Mr. Rodriguez is responsible for developing, marketing and managing AmTrust Title’s Florida agency operations as well as identifying and advancing new business opportunities

Rick Himes

Southeast Counsel

Richard H. Himes, Jr., Esq. serves as Southeast Counsel, overseeing AmTrust's business in Florida and neighboring states in the Southeast. In addition to providing underwriting assistance to local agents, Rick supports Company management as it launches new regional business operations. Prior to AmTrust Title, Mr. Himes was Partner in Title Experts and Management, serving as consultant and expert witness on title insurance agency and underwriter management, escrow, title, regulatory and related matters. Before that, he was President and Senior Underwriting Counsel of Mason Title & Escrow Company, a multi-office title agency operating throughout Florida. He has served as a member of several American Land Title Association committees over the years and twice as a director of the Louisiana Land Title Association. He twice received Fidelity National Financial Chairman’s Roundtable Award, in 2001 and 2002. He is a current member of the State Bar of Georgia, and he is also licensed to practice in Tennessee. Rick earned a BA degree cum laude from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law

Samuel Shiel

Midwest Underwriting Counsel

Samuel A. Shiel is a title industry veteran with over 27 years of experience as a title examiner, underwriter and legal counsel. He also spent 2 ½ years working as an industry regulator with the State of Illinois Division of Financial Institutions. He has guest lectured for various industry groups and at DePaul University and John Marshall Law School. He is active with the Illinois Land Title Association where he currently sits on the board of directors and chairs the title counsel committee.

Linda Solomon

Operations Manager Midwest Regional Agency

Linda L. Solomon has over 30 years in the title industry, working the last 16 years as regional operations manager in the agency department of First American Title Insurance Company. While serving that role she helped consult with agents and their employees to help grow their business. Prior responsibilities included running multiple offices and developing a corporate training program for a large Michigan Agent. Linda has her Bachelors Degree in education from Concordia University and participates in multiple Trade Organizations.