Southwest Agency Team

Randy Elkins

Managing Director/Counsel, Texas Operations


As Managing Director/Counsel-Texas Operations, Randy’s primary responsibilities are to establish offices in Houston, Dallas and Austin and to oversee AmTrust’s organic growth across the State. In his four-decade career filled with banking, legal, real estate and entrepreneurial experience, Randy has focused on commercial real estate transactions, complex creditor-debtor relationships, start-up ventures and business planning/strategy. Prior to joining AmTrust, Randy held positions with Stewart Title, including Senior Vice President, Counsel & Division Manager at Stewart Title Company and Vice President at Stewart Title Guaranty Company. Before that, he practiced law as Special Counsel at HughesWattersAskanase and as a partner at the national law firm of Baker & Hostetler.

Ed Lester

Vice President, Texas Operations


Ed focuses on establishing AmTrust’s agency network in order to support client relations and business development efforts for the company’s direct operations. Before joining AmTrust, Ed was retired after a 34-year career with Stewart Title Company serving as Group Senior Vice President overseeing its title operations in South Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. During his tenure with Stewart Title, he was instrumental in the development of its property tax service company and in expanding the title insurance operations into Mexico. Having served as Chairman/CEO of Stewart Title of Houston during the late 80’s and early 90’s, Ed is adept at expanding markets and growing revenues.

Hap Peyton

Business Development Officer


Hap is responsible for identifying, cultivating and maintaing customer relationships for AmTrust. His client base consists of commercial real estate developers, investors, brokers, lenders and attorneys, with transactions that stretch across all commercial property types. Prior to joining AmTrust, Hap held commercial business development positions with Allegiance Title and Riverway Title, both in Houston, Texas. Hap has more than twelve years of experience in commercial real estate, with a focus on the valuation and finance arms of the industry. Hap received his Bachelor of Science degree with honors from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. Additionally, Hap is a member of The Houston Realty Business Coalition (HRBC) and National Association of Office and Industrial Properties (NAIOP).

Andi Bawcum

Regional Sales Representative


Andi Bawcum began her career at AmTrust Title in April, 2017 as an Operations Assistant in the Houston, Texas office. She began her real estate career working as an intern for an established real estate investment and advisory firm where she was part of the due diligence team working on transactions involving acquisition and/or disposition of properties in sectors such as retail, industrial, office, multi-family, self-storage and hospitality. It was here that she realized her passion for all things real estate. As a four year varsity letterman on the volleyball team at Rice University, Andi was a voracious competitor which, ultimately, led her to be a natural fit for a career in sales. As a Regional Sales Representative, Andi’s knowledge, experience and connections have proven to be a tremendous value add to her clients. Andi graduated from Rice in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management.

Nicole Schoening

Texas Agency Representative


Nicole is responsible for supporting AmTrust’s Texas agents, as well as business development and the growth of AmTrust. Nicole’s career in real estate spans being a licensed real estate agent, title agent, 1031 Exchange Intermediary and underwriting. Prior to AmTrust, Nicole was the Central and West Texas Agency Representative for Westcor Land Title Insurance Company. Nicole serves on TLTA’s Cyber Security Task Force and the Land School Committee. Nicole attended theUniversity of Oklahoma, where she majored in Journalism.