Amanda Knapp joined Riverway Title Company’s Commercial Business Development team in the fall of 2014. Prior to joining Riverway Title Company, Ms. Knapp worked for Re/Max Real Estate here in Houston. She attended Texas Tech University, where she received her Bachelors of Business Administration for Management and Marketing in December of 2012. Ms. Knapp is a native Houstonian, who in her free time enjoys running, going to Houston sporting events, and spending time with family and friends.
Andrew Wheat exemplifies customer satisfaction. With over a decade of commercial title and escrow experience, Mr. Wheat is well versed in all aspects of the commercial real estate transaction. Prior to joining Riverway Title Company, Mr. Wheat served as a Commercial Title and Escrow Officer for First American Title Company’s National Commercial Services Houston Division. He has abstracted, examined, and closed commercial transactions in nearly every state in the U.S.
Mr. Wheat holds a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Language from Texas State University in San Marcos. He is proficient in Spanish and French.
In his free time, Mr. Wheat enjoys coaching and watching his two sons and daughter play soccer and lacrosse.
After attending the University of Houston, Bonnie Platter joined her family’s plumbing supply business. She started her career learning and working in the showroom, assisting customers with their purchases for remodeling and new construction, and soon became the Executive Vice President. Mrs. Platter later sold the company and helped the new owners with their daily needs. During this time, Mrs. Platter also served on the advisory board for Metro Bank and enjoyed the opportunity to introduce its bankers to numerous business owners on the East End of Houston. In 1998, Mrs. Platter began her career in the title industry as a Marketer for Commonwealth Title. She joined Riverway Title Company in 2008, and still enjoys the opportunity to assist her clients with their residential and commercial transactions.
Brian Mullee joined Riverway Title Company in April 2017. Mr. Mullee began his career in title insurance in 1989 with Commonwealth Title, where he gained expert knowledge of all aspects in the closing process. Brian brings a wealth of escrow experience and talent, as well as a dedication to making sure every customer feels like a million dollar client.
R.L. “Burr” Buckalew joined Riverway Title Company in 2018 as Executive Vice-President and Senior Commercial Escrow Officer. Burr brings with him over 44 years of experience in the title industry, the majority of which was spent in Houston. Mr Buckalew’s focus has always been on providing the best service to his clients, as he explained, “My desire to continue to provide the best service and greatest expertise in the field led me to my decision to join Riverway Title.”
Burr earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in 1972. After graduation, he began his career in the title industry working for Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation in Dallas. In 1976, Mr. Buckalew moved to Houston and joined an independent title agent, Lawyers Title Company of Houston. With his focus on the commercial real estate market, he soon became a leading commercial closer in Houston, as well as a highly respected closer in the industry.
Burr led a group of investors to purchase Lawyers Title Company of Houston in 1998, and later became the sole owner of the company. In 2004, the company changed its name to AmeriPoint Title Houston, and later merged with StarTex Title in 2011.
Damian Smith joined Riverway Title Company in February 2016 as Residential Division Manager, and will also serve as Escrow Officer. Damian brings over a decade of experience in residential title in the Houston Area. Prior to joining our team, Mr. Smith served as Escrow Officer for The Elite Property Division at Veritas Title Partners, where he successfully managed a high volume of elite clientele in the Houston Area. Mr. Smith is well versed in the most complex real estate transactions, and has an unending desire to exceed his client’s expectations and cultivate business relationships.
Mr. Smith is a native Houstonian and an avid sports fan. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Jennifer, and their two beautiful young daughters.
Hunter Wright joined Riverway Title Company’s Business Development Team in May 2016. Prior to joining Riverway Title Company, Mr. Wright worked in Land Acquisition for Sudhoff Companies and Butler Burgher Group as an Appraisal Research Analysist here in Houston. He attended The Kinkaid School before later graduating from The University of Houston. Mr. Wright is a native Houstonian who enjoys playing sports, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Janet Elias joined Riverway Title Company as a Research Analyst in the summer of 2018. Prior to joining Riverway Title Company, Janet worked for Houston commercial real estate law firm Wilson, Cribbs + Goren, PC.
Ms. Elias graduated from Texas State University in 2012, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in criminal justice. She enjoys traveling, live music, attending Astros games and spending time with her daughter, close friends, and family.
Jesse Klingensmith began his career as an Escrow Officer with Riverway Title Company in 2007, where he specializes in acquisitions and refinances of multi-family, retail, and office buildings. Prior to joining Riverway Title Company, Mr. Klingensmith was a Sales Representative for Kraft Foods International.
Mr. Klingensmith holds a Business Administration degree from Baylor University. He enjoys volunteering for the HCESD 48 Fire Department and The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, as well as spending time with his wife, Lindsey, and their three children in Katy, Texas.
John D. Hammond is the President and CEO of Riverway Title Company.
In 1997, Mr. Hammond began his commercial title insurance career with Partners Title in Houston. In May of 2005 he joined First American Title – Tanglewood. Then in July of 2012, First American Title – Tanglewood became Riverway Title Company. In 2015, Mr. Hammond purchased Riverway Title Company.
Mr. Hammond has been in the Houston commercial real estate arena since 1982 as an owner, broker and lender. His knowledge of commercial real estate and title insurance helps him assist his clients in every facet of their commercial transaction from start to finish. With experience in all types of commercial property transactions, Mr. Hammond’s network of business contacts and relationships in the commercial real estate industry has made Riverway Title Company one of the premier title companies in Texas capable of handling any type of commercial transaction.
Mr. Hammond received his Bachelor of Business with honors and Masters Degree from the University of Houston. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Bayou City Breakfast Club, and Braeburn Country Club. He is a founding investor of the University Of Houston C.T. Bauer Graduate Real Estate Program where he currently serves on the Executive Advisory Board and the Finance Committee. He is also a founding stakeholder of the School of Entrepreneurship at the University Of Houston. Mr. Hammond serves on the Board of Directors of Texas Inter-Faith Housing Corporation, and is a Life Member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and the University Of Houston Alumni Association.
Julie Elliott joined Riverway Title Company as Controller in September 2011. Prior to joining Riverway Title Company, Mrs. Elliott worked as an accountant for a large facility services company in Downtown Houston.
Mrs. Elliott holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelors of Science from Texas A&M University. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris, and their daughter in the Clear Lake area.
Justin Kaplan joined Riverway Title Company in May of 2017. As Vice President of Business Development, Justin brings a total commitment to achieving success for our customers. Using the skills he has gained as both an Energy Broker and Professional Athlete (playing two years as a professional golfer), Justin brings solid commitment, dedication, and clear understanding to achieve results for our customers.
Kory Jahnke joined the Commercial Division of Riverway Title Company as an Assistant Escrow Officer in the summer of 2016. Mr. Jahnke graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Minor in Communications. Outside of the office, Mr. Jahnke enjoys recreational activities involving the water such as swimming, boating, and fishing.
Laura Sciba joined Riverway Title in May of 2018 as a Commercial Escrow Assistant to Burr Buckalew. She brings with her more than 35 years of experience in the title industry. Laura is a native Houstonian, who in her spare time enjoys fishing, watching baseball, and spending time with her family.
Lawrence P. Carolla began his commercial real estate career in 1977 with The Horne Company, where he remained for 10 years. Mr. Carolla specialized in industrial leasing and sales. In 1987, he began working in real estate brokerage and development.
In 2002, Mr. Carolla joined Partners Title as Vice President of Marketing. He joined Riverway Title Company in the capacity of Commercial Business Development in August of 2009. Mr. Carolla attended The University of Texas majoring in Finance and was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He obtained his Texas Real Estate License in 1977.
Lela Lexa joined Riverway Title Company as an Escrow Assistant in February 2019. Prior to joining Riverway Title Company, Ms. Lexa worked as a Mortgage Funder for Network Funding. Lela graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Park University and a Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies from The University of Maryland University College. Outside of the office, Lela enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family.
Mrs. Russell has been with Riverway Title for over 14 years and started as the company’s resident receptionist/administrative assistant in 2003. In 2016, she joined the Residential Division as an Escrow Assistant. Mrs. Russell is a Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate of Texas Christian University – Fort Worth, TX. Prior to joining our staff, Mrs. Russell worked for Jacobs Engineering in Dallas, Texas, for seven years. She enjoys singing, acting and spending time with her husband, daughter and family in Missouri City, Texas.
Patsy Hannah joined Riverway Title Company in April 2018 as our Commercial Title Examiner and brings with her more than 53 years of Houston-area title industry experience.
Mrs. Hannah began her extensive career in the title industry, working for John V. Wheat at Statewide Title Company. She remained with the organization for 39 years, working her way from the bottom to eventually become a Title Examiner. In 2004 Patsy joined Burr Buckalew at Ameripoint Title Company to examine commercial properties, as well as handle customer service requests. Mrs. Hannah has remained an essential part of Mr. Buckalew’s team ever since.
Patsy graduated from Incarnate Word Academy, here in Houston and following her graduation went to work for Baker, Botts, Shepherd & Coates Law Firm. In her spare time, Patsy enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, needle pointing and looking forward to her annual family vacation.
Suzanne Turet has over 30 years of legal experience as a secretary, paralegal and executive administrative assistant in the areas of real estate, probate, guardianship and estate law, transactional, corporate, litigation, public law and public finance. In addition, she has extensive administrative and business experience, including human resources, data processing and bookkeeping. Mrs. Turet attended The University of Houston and has been with Riverway Title Company since July 2012.
As a mother of a child on the autism spectrum, Mrs. Turet is also an advocate for children with special needs, working both to raise funds, as well as to promote changes in state and federal legislation. She spends her free time with her husband, Chuck, and their three children.
Will Nance joined Riverway Title Company’s Business Development Team in September 2016. Prior to joining Riverway Title Company, Mr. Nance worked in the oil and gas industry as a sales rep for Puffer Sweiven. With his vast experience in sales and customer service, Will values client relations and ensures quality service throughout the closing process. He strategically bridges clients together to optimize business opportunities and build long-lasting relationships that produce compounding payoffs for all parties.
Mr. Nance graduated from Texas Tech University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and was also a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Will is married with three children and enjoys spending quality time with his family, golfing, hunting and fishing
Yvette Zavala joined our Riverway Title family in March 2012. Ms. Zavala excelled as an Escrow Assistant for more than five years, allowing her to gain expert knowledge of the entire closing process and eventually transition to our Post Closing Coordinator. She prides herself in being a team player, and ensuring that all customers have a successful closing even after the transaction is complete. In her spare time Yvette enjoys spending time with her husband, their three children, and watching her daughter play softball.