The Trusted Adviser
November 2017 | Volume 1 · Number 8


ATG Announces New Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Information Technology Expert Chris Burhans Joins the ATG Family

Chris Burhans photoChris Burhans, an accomplished director of information technology in the title insurance industry, has joined Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Chris will take the place of Robert Blessman, who retires at the end of 2017. Bob and Chris are working together for the remainder of the year to ensure a smooth transition.

Burhans said, "I am pleased to join a company with such a distinguished reputation in the title insurance industry. My new position will allow me to play a vital role in modernizing how real estate transactions are conducted through technology."

Burhans has spent more than 12 years in the successful development and management of business critical systems security, integrated software solutions, hardware components, mobile apps, and automated sales solutions.

As information technology manager and assistant vice president of Fidelity National Title from 2006-2017, he was responsible for all technology-related initiatives for 40+ offices in four different states, and led several innovative projects to streamline efficiencies, cut costs, and create automation. From 2012-2014, Burhans also traveled the country to perform in-depth security audits on small- and medium-sized financial institutions as a technical security consultant for Bancsec.

ATG President and CEO Peter J. Birnbaum, said, "Chris brings a tremendous amount of experience to ATG after working for one of the largest underwriters in the title insurance industry and being part of several industry-impacting projects. That experience, combined with his technical background, will help ATG build our vision for the future."

Burhans said his initial goal at ATG will be to continue to learn from the experts in the business—the people who have made ATG what it is today. "Over the long term, I hope to bring strategic innovation to the title insurance business through cutting-edge technology that will continue to propel ATG to the forefront of the industry," he added.

Burhans holds a bachelor's degree in networking and infrastructure from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, and a master of science in computer information security from DePaul University in Chicago. His technical certifications include: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH), CompTia Security+ (Sec+), and Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP).

Burhans is also the creator and CEO of Sports Mockery, Inc., one of the most widely known sports blogs in Chicago.

[Last update: 11-13-17]

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