Chris Burhans has spent the majority of his career developing new technology for the real estate industry. Currently serving as the chief information officer at Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. (ATG), his latest project is ATG GO, a collaborative order platform created to mobilize real estate attorneys.
“ATG GO was designed to provide real estate attorneys with the modern-day technology they need to efficiently conduct business and thrive in today’s market,” said Burhans. “It’s the first of its kind, we see it as a game-changer.”
Fueled by a passion for technology and a gift for problem-solving from an early age, Chris pursued a bachelor’s degree in computer network administration from St. Ambrose University in 2002, where he also played varsity football. He went on to achieve a Master of Science degree in cybersecurity from DePaul University in Chicago, and earned several industry specific certifications including, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).
Over the last 15 years, Chris has held multiple leadership positions in the information technology field, gaining extensive experience in consulting, security, emerging technologies, enterprise sales solutions, and more. One of the highlights was the year he spent traveling the country hacking into banks while providing cybersecurity consulting for the financial services industry. Those who know Chris know that his relentless nature and quest for solutions makes him ideally suited for this type of work. He also built a suite of insurance technologies focused on driving innovation, some of these applications are still the most widely used across the country.
Chris’s expertise in technology eventually led him to the real estate industry. Before joining ATG in 2017, he worked for one of the largest insurance companies in the world where his primary role was to investigate, develop, and deploy new, industry-specific technologies.
ATG hired Chris to oversee all areas of technology including support, development, and infrastructure. ATG is the originator of the attorney-agent model in Illinois and has a long successful history as a title insurance underwriter. Chris is now responsible for the strategic innovation of cutting-edge technology that will continue to keep ATG at the forefront of the title insurance industry.
A Chicago-area native, Chris is an avid Chicago sports fan. In the midst of his IT career in 2011, he founded Sports Mockery, Inc. Frustrated by having to scroll through multiple sports outlets to find stats and information on local teams, Chris was inspired to create a blog focused on interacting with fans. He designed it to leverage social media as its primary engagement tool. What began as a simple mission to make sports news more fun, eventually grew into a fan base of more than 250,000. Today Sports Mockery entertains millions of readers every month.
Chris continues to build tools and provide cybersecurity education for the real estate industry. His recent public speaking engagements have covered topics ranging from the potential impact of blockchain technology to quantitative risk management.
The future is bright for Chris as ATG, its agents, and the industry await his next innovation. “My ultimate goal is to position ATG as a disruptive technology leader in the real estate market.” Given what he’s accomplished so far, he’s well on his way.
Senior Vice President | Chief Information Officer
Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc.
One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60606-4654
ATG GO app: attorney.atgf.com/go