Who We Are
In business for more than 50 years, CATIC® is dedicated to providing high-quality professional services to its policy-issuing attorneys, insured lenders and home-buyers, and other members of the real estate community.
CATIC is an underwriting member of the American Land Title Association (ALTA), the New England Land Title Association (NELTA) and the North American Bar-Related® Title Insurers. We offer standard ALTA policies and expanded protection policies for both residential and commercial properties, and annually insure mortgages issued by more than 1,300 lending institutions. For its stability and dependability in the market, CATIC has earned a B++ from A.M. Best, an A' rating from Demotech and a A- rating from Kroll Bond Ratings.
We strive to preserve the role of the real estate attorney and independent title agent in the closing process and to exceed the expectations of our agents and other stakeholders by providing best-in-class support, services, and innovative technological resources.
Our Core Values
At CATIC, our core values are the foundation which supports our mission and builds our success, and the success of our agents. We are committed to always demonstrating our values to our employees, agents, and business partners.
We provide comprehensive, innovative, user-friendly products and services that will continuously enhance the overall customer experience.
We act with integrity at all times by exemplifying superior standards of ethical conduct, corporate responsibility, and regulatory compliance.
We collaborate with both internal and external constituents to establish enduring business relationships, while never competing with our customers.
We deliver industry-leading best practices and unparalleled education and training programs that create value for our customers.
We ensure our employees are regularly connected to the local community by actively supporting charitable organizations, community activities, and industry events.
Jim received his B.S. in Finance, cum laude, from the University of Connecticut. While attending law school, he worked for a high-volume residential law firm in East Hartford, CT where he was a title searcher for three years. He graduated from Western New England College School of Law and started work for a national title insurance underwriter in 1995. In October 2015 he was named President and Chief Executive Officer of CATIC.
A 20-year veteran of the title industry, Jim has held many positions and has experience in claims administration, underwriting, sales, and operations management. A Past President of the Connecticut Title Association, he is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association's Real Property Section, the New England Land Title Association, the American Land Title Association, and the Real Estate Finance Association of Connecticut.
Tracy works as part of the Senior Management Team, focusing on improving the company’s overall productivity and effectiveness and promoting its growth. She serves as the Chair of our State Expansion Committee, and manages all aspects of the company’s marketing efforts, including our websites, publications, and social media. She also heads up our Robotic Process Automation (RPA) project which is allowing CATIC to gain operational efficiencies in several departments.
Tracy sits on the Board of Directors for Gift of Adoption, a non-profit that provides grants to complete the adoptions of vulnerable children. She is an active member of ALTA, and serves on its Membership and Marketing Committees and its Homeowner Outreach Program.
Damon is responsible for developing and executing the company’s human capital strategy. He is responsible for cultivating a winning culture, building a compelling employee value proposition and leveraging workforce analytics to drive organizational effectiveness. Given his past experience in LEAN/Six Sigma manufacturing environments, he is also responsible for establishing continuous process improvement as a core competency for the organization. A business leader with over 20 years of diverse experience in both union and non-union environments, he has held HR leadership roles with several Fortune 50 companies including DaimlerChrysler, United Technologies Corporation, General Electric, Express Scripts and Aetna.
Damon graduated magna cum laude from Wayne State University with a B.S. in Psychology and received his M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, cum laude, from the University of Detroit-Mercy. He also serves as an Adjunct Research Analyst for International Data Corporation’s global IT Executive Program and provides HR thought leadership to the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets.
Guy has been with the Company since 1999 and has been the General Counsel to CATIC and CATIC Financial, Inc. since 2014. His prior experience at CATIC includes serving as an underwriter, president of a subsidiary handling tax fee exchanges under IRC 1031, and Associate General Counsel overseeing the Underwriting and Claims departments. He has been an active member of the American Bar Association’s Title Insurance Litigation Committee and is a past chair of the American Land Title Association’s Claims Administration Committee. He has spoken at numerous forums across the United States on a variety of title insurance topics.
Guy is a graduate of Connecticut College and the University of Connecticut School of Law. Before joining CATIC, he was in private practice for 13 years with a concentration in commercial transactions, land use matters and related litigation. While in practice, he also served on the Board of Governors of the Connecticut Bar Association.
Ed Forristall oversees all of the branch and state offices and coordinates the company's growth efforts in its expanding geographic footprint. He is a title insurance industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in underwriting, auditing, sales, and state and operations management.
Ed received his B.S. in Marketing from Boston College and is actively involved in REBA, ALTA and NELTA.
Rich ensures compliance with regulatory authority for every state in which CATIC conducts business and monitors legislative enactments on the federal and state level.
Rich received his law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law as well as an undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut in Storrs. Mr. Hogan is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He has coauthored two articles for the Connecticut Bar Journal.
Reese Lacasse is responsible for all technology, systems, networks, and process automation used by CATIC. Before joining CATIC, Reese was the Director of Information Technology and Command Center Operations for Insurity. At Insurity, Reese was responsible for all systems and operations which hosted end-to-end policy processing systems for some of the largest insurance companies in the world such as Allstate, Nationwide, Geico, and Tokio Marine Insurance companies.
Over his 25-year career, Reese has held many IT leadership positions in both small and large companies in insurance, manufacturing, software development, and university settings.
Anthony Lombardi currently serves as Vice President and Associate General Counsel for CATIC, where he handles corporate legal matters for the organization. Anthony also oversees CATIC's Commercial Services office and CATIC’s Claims Department. Prior to joining CATIC, he was in private practice in Brookline, MA, where he focused on commercial and residential real estate development and conveyancing, as well as zoning and land use litigation. Anthony received his B.A. from the University of Connecticut and a J.D. from New England School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Anthony sits on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Italian-American Bar Association and serves as its treasurer. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Wolcott (CT) Circle of Sports organization, and is an elected Zoning Board of Appeals member in his hometown of Wolcott, CT.
Ken is an 20+ year veteran in the financial services industry and has gained extensive finance, accounting, and corporate development experience through senior finance and management roles in both large international companies and start-ups. He most recently served as Senior Vice President and Group Head of Financial Planning & Analysis and Mergers & Acquisitions for James River Group Holdings, Ltd., a publicly traded specialty property and casualty insurer and reinsurer.
Prior to that, he was CFO and co-owner in the establishment of a property and casualty managing general agency. Ken also served as head of finance for AIX Group Inc., and has held various roles in corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, and investor relations for Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. He began his career in equity research and financial services for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., and Morgan Stanley. Ken holds a B.S. in Economics from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut.
Kyle oversees the national and multi-state division within The CATIC Family of Companies. He is a 30-plus year veteran of the title insurance industry, having held executive leadership positions for several regional title insurance underwriters and multi-state title agencies. He previously served as Executive Vice President, Business Development and Executive Vice President, Agency for two large regional title insurance underwriters, overseeing national agency expansion efforts and company revenue growth.
In addition, Kyle has served on the Legislative Committee for the Missouri Land Title Association and has been a past speaker/panelist at several Land Title Association conferences. He has also taught continuing legal education courses for the National Business Institute, and has received awards for organizational excellence from the American Society of Quality. Kyle is a graduate of Michigan State University (B.A.) and Washburn University School of Law (J.D.).
Mike is a 25-year veteran of the title industry and has held the positions of Agency Services Representative and Director of Industry Relations. He received his B.S. in Business Management, cum laude, from Quinnipiac University. Mike is an expert in developing consultative business partnerships, assessing needs, building relationships, and devising strategies that meet the needs of the market and deliver significant sales and profit growth.