Management Team

Michael D. Minnis


A 23-year veteran of mortgage banking, Mike began his career with the Lomas and Nettleton Company. As a Regional Account Manager, he was able to quickly gain the knowledge and skills he needed to begin a career in mortgage banking. In 1990, he was hired as the Vice President and Director of Correspondent and Wholesale Lending with Farm and Home Savings, Missouri/Texas Thrift. There, he built a $1,000,000,000 a year production operation from the ground up. In 1994, Mike accepted a new position with Mellon Mortgage Company as the Vice President and National Sales Manager of the Correspondent/Wholesale Lending Division. In 1996, he joined Temple Inland Mortgage Company where he served as Vice President and Regional Manager of Wholesale Lending. In 1999, Mike became a Regional Vice President with CitiMortgage, a division of Citigroup. Over the next 6 years, his responsibilities increased from Western Division Sales Director to a position as Regional Vice President, responsible for sales and operations of the southwest region. In 2005, Mike joined UBS Home Finance as national director of sales for the wholesale lending division. In 2007, he joined ServiceLink, a division of Fidelity National Financial as senior vice president of national sales. In 2008, he formed Platinum Title Partners a Texas based title agency and serves as its president.

Mike is a long-time member of the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association and has served on numerous committees thereof. He served as president of TMBA in 2007/2008. During 1999-2000, he was President of the Houston Mortgage Bankers Association. Over his career, Mike has been directly responsible for the acquisition of over 30 billion dollars of residential mortgages. Today, his company Platinum Title Partners is a full-service title company servicing mortgage bankers, builders, realtors, as well commercial lenders around Texas.

Mike is a 1985 graduate of Texas Tech University where he earned a Finance and Real Estate degree, and he currently serves on the TTU Rawls College of Business Advisory Board.

Kathleen Martin

Chief Operating Officer/Sr. Escrow Officer

Kathleen has extensive experience in the operation of both residential and commercial closing and escrow functions in the title company. She has worked in the title insurance industry in Houston for the past 26 years and has been employed by USLife Title Insurance Company, Fort Bend Title and Abstract Company (where she was a Branch Manager and closed Perry Homes for 7 years) and Regency Title Company before coming to our offices in 1998. She is very experienced in resolving all title insurance and closing issues.

Twila Grooms

Client Relations Director

Twila Grooms graduated from Texas Tech University in 1991 with a Business Administration degree in Marketing and Finance. She began her career as a Professional Sales Representative for Pfizer, Inc. After deciding to change careers and advance her education, Twila enrolled at South Texas College of Law where she received her Juris Doctor degree (Cum Laude) in 1999. Twila was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1999 and worked as a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Justice Margaret Mirabal of the First Judicial Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas. She then worked as an associate in the Trial Section of Thompson & Knight, LLP in Houston, Texas. In 2003, she established Twila L. Grooms, P.C. where her practice is focused on document preparation. Twila also concentrates on developing relationships with builders, developers and realtors.

Twila is a member of Second Baptist Church, the Real Estate Section of the Houston Bar Association and the Association of Women Attorneys. She also serves as a volunteer for the South Texas College of Law Moot Court program.

Grace Joseph

San Antonio/Austin Market President

The ability to embrace change, to go the extra mile for her customers and their clients, along with more than 20 years of experience in the title business sets Grace apart from others in the title industry.

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Grace gained experience in commercial insurance, advertising, and sales before entering the title field. Grace graduated Cum Laude from University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio with a Business Degree in Organizational Development. She is a member of the Greater San Antonio Builders Association and the Alamo Executives Association. Grace knows the value of giving back to both her industry and community, and participates in many industry-related and charity events.

Grace expertly handles residential, commercial, development, construction, refinance, reverse mortgage and home equity transactions. She is supported by her highly skilled staff in both San Antonio and Austin.