Executive Bios

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Executive Bios 2017-08-04T11:50:22+00:00

Craig de Thomas, Founder & President

In September 2008, Craig formed Insignia National Title Agency; a boutique title insurance agency with high underwriting standards and excellent customer support. His resume prior to founding the company explains its success and reputation among New York’s high profile real estate and development firms. In 2006, Craig joined a title company with a large national platform where he held the position of Managing Director and was responsible for supervising, hiring, and training the title processing staff as well as reading, clearance and escrow. He interfaced directly with counsel and was involved in many complex, high-end residential and commercial title transactions. Prior to moving to New York City in 2000, began his career in the title industry as a title examiner with a boutique title agency in upstate New York. From 2000-2006, Craig held the position of office manager at a boutique title agency in New York City where he was an integral part of daily operations and the growth of the company. Craig has also led Insignia Title’s corporate giving program in its support for GMHC, the New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation, and the “Team Sock It To Cancer” effort benefiting the Carl & Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center at the Stamford Hospital. He personally has raised thousands of dollars annually through the AIDS Walk since 2003 and also supports God’s Love We Deliver.

Darren Wainer, Partner & VP of Business Development

Darren is chiefly responsible for building the Insignia brand and national footprint. Prior to joining Insignia, Darren worked for a number of prestigious title agencies and underwriters and earned a strong reputation in New York for successfully managing complex commercial and residential closings. As a result, he developed an impressive network of clients that includes close relationships with many of the City’s most respected developers and real estate firms. Darren first got his start in the business as a title closer. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, he moved to America twenty five years ago. Darren is heavily involved in his local community and various charities. He is married with two boys and lives on Long Island.

Yossi Zarfati, Partner, Counsel & VP of Business Development

Yossi began his legal career working at several firms where his primary focus was real estate representation as well as various other aspects of the law. After a few years of general legal practice, he joined Ticor Title’s National Commercial Division and shortly thereafter took a position as Commercial Counsel for a direct underwriter where he spent seven years reading, clearing and closing title on behalf of some of the largest developers in the City. Yossi joined Insignia several years ago and splits his focus between business development and handling various title and legal issues for Insignia’s clients. He received his law degree from Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law School and his B.A. from Queens College, City University of New York.

Joann Prinzivalli, Chief Underwriting Counsel

Joann previously served as Vice President and Chief Underwriting Counsel for Stewart Title Insurance Company and has over 35 years of title experience with underwriters and agents. She has also been of counsel to the real estate department at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, and at one time was General Counsel at Westchester Federal Savings Bank.

She has served on bar association committees and chaired the law committee of the New York State Land Title Association. Joann has served on boards of directors of several community organizations and charitable foundations, and on an advisory board that serves the Westchester County Executive. She was elected to the Westchester County Democratic Committee and White Plains Democratic City Committee. Her published body of work includes authoring the chapter “Commencing the Foreclosure Action” in Mortgage Foreclosures in New York (Bergman, Ed., NYSBA), and as a major contributor to Stewart Title’s award-winning Virtual Underwriter.

Joann received her B.A. from Notre Dame College of Staten Island and her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 1978; where she was editor of The Forum.

Ann Calderone, Chief Financial Officer

Ann has been with Insignia since its inception in 2008. In addition to overseeing the Accounting department, Ann plays a large role handling the day to day operations of the company, including the administrative operations, oversight of the Escrow and Recording departments, Sales and Marketing and Human Resources, to name a few. She has a keen insight to the needs of running a successful business and is a large part of the success of Insignia. Prior to joining Insignia, Ann owned a successful outsourced Accounting firm on Long Island. She holds a B.S. in Accounting.