Management

James M. Czapiga, Esq.

President & CEO

Jim received his B.S. in Finance, cum laude, from the University of Connecticut. While attending law school, he worked for a high-volume residential law firm in East Hartford, CT where he was a title searcher for three years. He graduated from Western New England College School of Law and started work for a national title insurance underwriter in 1995. In October 2015 he was named President and Chief Executive Officer of CATIC.

A 20-year veteran of the title industry, Jim has held many positions and has experience in claims administration, underwriting, sales, and operations management. A Past President of the Connecticut Title Association, he is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association's Real Property Section, the New England Land Title Association, the American Land Title Association, and the Real Estate Finance Association of Connecticut.

James M. Czapiga

Damon A. Carter

Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

Damon is responsible for developing and executing the company’s human capital strategy.  He is responsible for cultivating a winning culture, building a compelling employee value proposition and leveraging workforce analytics to drive organizational effectiveness.  Given his past experience in LEAN/Six Sigma manufacturing environments, he is also responsible for establishing continuous process improvement as a core competency for the organization.  A business leader with over 20 years of diverse experience in both union and non-union environments, he has held HR leadership roles with several Fortune 50 companies including DaimlerChrysler, United Technologies Corporation, General Electric, Express Scripts and Aetna.  He graduated magna cum laude from Wayne State University with a B.S. in Psychology and received his M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, cum laude, from the University of Detroit-Mercy.  He also serves as an Adjunct Research Analyst for International Data Corporation’s global IT Executive Program and provides HR thought leadership to the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets.

Damon A. Carter

Guy R. DeFrances, Jr., Esq.

Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Guy is based in the Rocky Hill, Connecticut office where he oversees the Underwriting, Compliance, Regulatory and Claims departments. He is a member of the ABA’s Title Insurance Litigation Committee, and is currently chairing the American Land Title Association’s Claims Administration Committee. He has spoken at many forums on a variety of title insurance topics. Before joining CATIC, he was in private practice for 13 years with a concentration in commercial transactions and land use matters. Guy is a graduate of Connecticut College and the University of Connecticut School of Law. While in practice, he also served on the Board of Governors of the Connecticut Bar Association.

Guy R. DeFrances, Jr.

Edward T. Forristall

Vice President of Agency Operations

Ed Forristall oversees all of the branch and state offices and coordinates the company's growth efforts in its expanding geographic footprint.  He is a title insurance industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in underwriting, auditing, sales, and state and operations management. Ed received his B.S. in Marketing from Boston College and is actively involved in REBA, ALTA and NELTA. 

Edward T. Forristall

Richard A. Hogan

Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer

Rich ensures compliance with regulatory authority for every state in which CATIC conducts business and monitors legislative enactments on the federal and state level. Rich received his law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law as well as an undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut in Storrs. Mr. Hogan is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He has coauthored two articles for the Connecticut Bar Journal.

Richard A. Hogan

Reese Lacasse

Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Reese Lacasse joined CATIC in June of 2014. He is responsible for all technology, systems, networks, and process automation used by CATIC. He has an IT staff of 18 reporting to him. Before joining CATIC, Reese was the Director of Information Technology and Command Center Operations for Insurity. At Insurity, Reese was responsible for all systems and operations which hosted end-to-end policy processing systems for some of the largest insurance companies in the world such as Allstate, Nationwide, Geico, and Tokio Marine Insurance companies. Over his 25-year career, Reese has held many IT leadership positions in both small and large companies in insurance, manufacturing, software development, and university settings.

Reese Lacasse

Kenneth Popeleski

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Ken is an 18-year veteran in the financial services industry and has gained extensive finance, accounting, and corporate development experience through senior finance and management roles in both large international companies and start-ups. He most recently served as Senior Vice President and Group Head of Financial Planning & Analysis and Mergers & Acquisitions for James River Group Holdings, Ltd., a publicly traded specialty property and casualty insurer and reinsurer. Prior to that, he was CFO and co-owner in the establishment of a property and casualty managing general agency. Ken also served as head of finance for AIX Group Inc., and has held various roles in corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, and investor relations for Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. He began his career in equity research and financial services for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., and Morgan Stanley. Ken holds a B.S. in Economics from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut.

Kenneth Popeleski

Michael T. Savenelli

Vice President of Operations, Rocky Hill

Mike is a 20-year veteran of the title industry and has held the positions of Agency Services Representative and Director of Industry Relations. He received his B.S. in Business Management, cum laude, from Quinnipiac University.  Mike is an expert in developing consultative business partnerships, assessing needs, building relationships, and devising strategies that meet the needs of the market and deliver significant sales and profit growth.

Michael L. Savenelli