Meet our leadership
John R. H. Cotter | President and Chief Executive Officer
John has guided Passport Title from a one-state title company serving a select group of attorneys to a leading title enterprise serving attorneys, title agents and title agency owners across eight states and Washington, D.C.
John has been involved in the title industry since the 1990's. He has a demonstrated track record of innovation having built title company business models that anticipate market changes. He was a pioneer of affiliated business arrangements in the Mid-Atlantic where he established over 50 AfBA title companies.
After working in leadership positions for large, multi-state title companies, John founded Passport Title in 2005. Recognizing a shifting landscape, early in 2008 he introduced an industry-first title agency partnering solution to support attorneys and title agents who faced business challenges following the global financial crisis. Based on successfully serving attorneys and title agents, he expanded the solution set to now support title agency owners, too.
John was born in Venezuela, raised in Bahrain and educated in England before coming to America, where he graduated from the University of Maryland. A Maryland licensed title producer, John now works across Passport Title's multi-state footprint and calls South Carolina home.
Learn more about John's story here.
Susan Kenney Cotter | Chief Growth Officer
Susan is a marketing strategist and profit and loss leader who builds, transforms and grows insurance businesses. She has been at the forefront of leading Passport Title's expansion into new states and new market segments. She oversees digital strategy and transformation initiatives to continually improve the customer experience for Passport Title's agent partners and their clients.
She has held officer level sales, marketing and product roles for leading insurance companies, including AIG and Colonial Life, helping them achieve sustainable growth and adapt to changing market environments. Susan also has experience in the legislative and regulatory arena through her work in Washington, D.C. on behalf of insurers and their customers.
Susan is a graduate of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina and received her master’s degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. She is a Maryland licensed title producer.
A firm believer in the power of philanthropy to improve lives and communities, Susan actively serves on industry and non-profit boards.
Michael K. Rizk, Esq. | General Counsel
Mike is a licensed attorney specialized in the field of real estate law. His expertise was developed through hands-on experience with thousands of real estate transactions in the Mid-Atlantic states.
He was formerly a partner in Redden and Rizk, P.A. until 1992, at which time he started his own law firm, Michael K. Rizk, P.A., and his own settlement company, USA Settlements, Inc.
In 2008, Mike merged his business with Passport Title and joined the organization as general counsel.
Mike is a graduate of Arizona State University and received his juris doctor from the University of Miami. He is a licensed title producer.
Cheryl L. Gray | Manager, Settlement Processing
A career title practitioner, Cheryl has management responsibility for the title and settlement processing functions at Passport Title.
Cheryl began her career as a title processor in training, advancing to roles of increased responsibility based on her multi-state experience and technical expertise. Cheryl joined Passport Title in 2010 as a settlement processor and now leads the company's title and settlement processing functions.
She is a licensed title producer.
Contact us today to discuss how partnering with Passport Title could be right for you.