This week, we are shining our employee spotlight on Scott Mozingo. His start with Highland Title + Escrow was interesting to say the least. Taking over the Manassas office, he began his journey on February 27, 2020, attended one sales meeting, and then…the COVID shutdown took effect, but based on Highland Title’s reputation in Northern Virginia and throughout the industry, Scott wasn’t worried. Let’s learn a little more about Scott Mozingo, Branch Manager and Attorney of Highland Title + Escrow’s Manassas office.
Scott spent his undergrad years at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke on a baseball scholarship, and between graduation and law school at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, he spent time as a baseball coach at his former high school. Throughout law school and for a short time after graduation, Scott worked for a law firm handling Domestic Relations and Criminal matters. In 2002, Scott began working with an attorney in real estate law in Woodbridge, Virginia. It was there that he was introduced to the idea of teaching classes to real estate agents, and over the last 20 years, he has been teaching continuing education classes for Realtors® in the Realtor® Association of Prince William, the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® and the Dulles Area Association of Realtors®.
A typical day at Highland Title for Scott is not typical at all. He could be assisting with five settlements in two different offices, catching up on phone calls and emails or finishing his own continuing education hours. For any title attorney, it can be days of extremes. When things are a little slower, he is taking care of his office duties. When business is booming, it could be as many as six settlements in a day. There is rarely a day that is one or two settlements with the opportunity to stay current on everything else.
Having worked with different companies throughout his career, Scott has established valuable relationships with other attorneys in Northern Virginia. Fresh out of law school, he had some great, eye-opening, learning experiences, and he found each attorney to be a significant help along the way. The benefit of this outstanding, small community of attorneys is that Scott has others he can consistently rely on.
He finds Highland Title + Escrow’s company culture to be very family-oriented, and that comes from the top. Throughout his interview process, he was offered the opportunity to speak with Mike McFarlane, Founder of Highland Title + Escrow, and that interaction sealed the deal for Scott. Mike had confidence in Scott, based on his experience and work history, so most of their time together was spent talking about family and all things work/life balance. Scott has noticed that happens throughout each and every office; people check in on each other and care.
That culture carries over to how the Highland Title + Escrow team interacts with clients. It would be easy to get caught up in the paperwork and flow of each settlement, but the environment reminds everyone that this might be a first-time homebuyer or someone who has lived in the same house for 45 years and raised their kids there. The family-oriented company culture carries over to each settlement and interaction.
Scott’s favorite thing to do at work is a settlement with first-time homebuyers. They are so excited, and they really want to learn about the process. He gets to have great conversations at the table about the paperwork, what the next steps are and how it all works together. It adds to the excitement of his day!
While he doesn’t play or coach baseball anymore, Scott has two daughters…one in high school and one in middle school…and they are involved in softball, volleyball, and basketball so the opportunity to work only two miles from their home was an added benefit of joining the Highland Title team. He spends most of the time playing chauffeur for the girls, and that leaves little time for anything else. He and his wife’s family are local so they spend a lot of time at family activities.
Whether you are a Realtor®, buyer, seller or lender, Scott will be at the Manassas office to assist you. The office is located in the Manassas Historic District at 9401 East Street, or you can always click here for more information.