About Treasure Coast Title & Escrow
St. Lucie County's Oldest Locally-owned Title Insurance Agency since 1921
Treasure Coast Title & Escrow ("TCT"), (registered name for Treasure Coast Abstract & Title Insurance Co., incorporated 1977), commenced in 1921 through the operation of its related company, St. Lucie Abstract & Title Insurance Co. ("SLT").
In frontier Florida, land titles were the province of lawyers who personally searched titles at the Courthouse or bought searches from Court Clerks. Closings were concluded based upon Attorneys' Opinions on Title. SLT began as a joint venture of two pioneer lawyers, Fred Fee and Elwyn Thomas. Upon incorporation of their venture in 1921, the principal owner was Emma Morgan Fee (spouse of Fred Fee). In 1929, SLT engaged a non-practicing lawyer, Guy O. Nourse, to operate and manage SLT. The ownership of SLT was gradually sold to Mr. Nourse during the 1930's.
In 1951, Guy O. Nourse was joined in the SLT business by his son and practicing lawyer, Philip G. Nourse. The company prospered, and following the death of Guy O. Nourse in 1955, continued in operation through his son. In 1977 Philip G. Nourse was appointed Circuit Judge, and TCT was incorporated to lease, operate, and manage the business assets of SLT. In 1978, Frank H. Fee, III, a practicing attorney and son-in-law of Judge Nourse, became President of the company. The principal owners of TCT are Fee, III and spouse, LeVan Nourse Fee, daughter and granddaughter, respectively, of Guy O. Nourse and Philip G. Nourse. Attorney Frank H. Fee, IV, has joined as an owner. He is great-grandson and grandson, respectively, of the original principals of the SLT affiliate company, Fred Fee, and Guy O. Nourse. Land files and records of TCT date from the 1920 decade and its first Florida land boom.
Perhaps no Florida title insuring agency now in business can claim such a history of continuous success and service in the handling and insuring of land title transactions.
Frank H. Fee, III Chairman
Frank is senior attorney of Fee, DeRoss & Fee, P.L. His practice focuses on banking, finance, real estate and mortgage transactions. A life-long resident of the Treasure Coast area of Florida, he has practiced law in the region for more than 40 years. In 1969, he began his law career as Bank Counsel to First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Fort Pierce, predecessor of Harbor Federal Savings Bank, for which he served as Director and Vice-Chairman from 1986 to 2006. Frank is now a Board member and Vice-Chairman of Harbor Community Bank. He has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida, and an A.B. degree from Davidson College.
Frank H. Fee, IVPresident
Hank, joined Fee, DeRoss & Fee, P.L., and TCT in 2002. He has been active in the practice areas of commercial and residential real estate law, mortgages, and mortgage foreclosures, for both residential and commercial properties, title insurance law, contracts and bankruptcy. He initially served TCT as Vice-President and was elected company President in 2012. He holds a B.A. degree from Georgia Southern University, and a Juris Doctor degree from Florida Coastal School of Law.
LeVan N. FeeVice-President & Secretary
Le Van practically grew up in her father's Earliest Public Records title plant. At an early age, she typed instrument take-offs and posted them in land tract books. She graduated from Indian River Community College and attended the University of Florida. She has served the company since its inception in 1978.
Jennifer Hodl Vice-President & General Manager
Jennifer joined TCT as its Vice President & General Manager in 2008. She attended Adelphi University on Academic Scholarship. She has held various positions of responsibility with the Courts of New York, including service with the Commissioner of Jurors for several years and, thereafter, serving as Supervising Court Office Assistant in the Suffolk County Family Court. Subsequently, she joined the Family Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in Fort Pierce, Florida, as a Family Case Manager working for a number of trial judges. She is now a dedicated, self-trained and educated title agent and closing professional.