Leanne Klein knows how to make deals happen. Most will say that she has had an indelible impact on her clients and within the title insurance industry.
After graduating from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, Leanne was unsure of which direction to take her career. It was her father who suggested she pursue real estate, although at that time, interest rates were soaring at a record-breaking 20%. Despite this market volatility, she learned much about the real estate business and how to craft successful deals which ultimately inspired her to attend law school.
Leanne’s legal and real estate expertise have proven invaluable as she serves as chief of operations for Premier Title. Premier Title provides products and unmatched title insurance and escrow services throughout Illinois, as well as Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Premier Title’s continued expansion into additional states is also on the horizon. Premier Title insures transactions that range from traditional to highly complex, all of which are handled with a boutique approach that has earned Premier Title the ranking as one of the highest producing title agencies in the nation. Title insurance is not a patented product, Leanne explains. Thus, Premier’s success boils down to its commitment to the highest level of service when delivering its title insurance products and escrow services. Leanne calls it “the Nordstrom approach.” Being an attorney also helps Leanne anticipate and understand Premier’s customers’ needs and advise them on the best course of action for their specific, often complex circumstances.
Another distinguishing factor that Leanne credits to Premier’s continued success is her staff. “Premier Title’s staff is the company’s most valuable resource,” she says. Though she acknowledges that technology has certainly been integral to Premier’s upward mobility and successful expansion, she remains adamant that technology could never replace her team. Leanne beams that her own success is only because of the dedication of Premier’s staff. “They have helped me every step of the way accomplish what I alone could not have accomplished.” The robust relationship between Leanne and her staff and between their customers is extraordinary.
When Leanne isn’t providing 5-star service to her clients or planning the company’s continued expansion, she stays active by serving as treasurer and member of the board of directors for the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association (IRELA), a position she has been devoted to for 20+ years. IRELA strongly supports the role of the lawyer in real estate transactions, something Leanne is passionate about. Leanne’s prominence within the real estate and legal community is noteworthy, some say unparalleled. However, Leanne is most proud of and devoted to her husband of 31 years and their daughter, a college student and nationally ranked equestrian show jumper. “Family trumps everything” when it comes to recharging Leanne’s battery to keep her energized!
CEO — Premier Title