MLHC Executives

Marsha A. Emmett

Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer

Marsha Emmett has over 30 years of experience in the title and escrow industry, proudly serving Placer Title Company since 1975, and Mother Lode Holding Company since its inception. With extensive experience on all sides of title and escrow, Ms. Emmett has served as an Escrow Officer, Branch Manager, County Manager and in upper level management. Ms. Emmett was appointed President of Placer Title Company in 1997, Chief Executive Officer of Placer Title in 2001 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mother Lode Holding Company in 2006. Ms.

Jim Johnston


Jim Johnston has over 39 years of experience in the title and escrow industry, and has been a proud member of Placer Title Company since 1983. Mr. Johnston has held numerous positions during his tenure at PTC, including President of El Dorado County, Sacramento and Yuba-Sutter Counties. From 1987 through 1992, Mr. Johnston served as the Regional Vice President of County Operations. In 2002 he was appointed President of PTC and President of MLHC in 2005.

Darrick Blatnick

Executive Vice President

When Darrick Blatnick joined Mother Lode Holding Company's Executive Team, he brought with him years of experience in the title and escrow business—all of it as a member of the Placer Title Company team. Darrick started his title and escrow career at Placer Title Company in 1996 as a member of their customer service division and quickly transitioned into sales and business development. In 2004, Darrick was appointed Vice President of Placer's Sacramento County Division and has now joined the recently expanded MLHC Executive Team as an Executive Vice President.

Lisa Steele

Executive Vice President

Lisa Steele has been in the title and escrow industry for over 25 years on both a national and local retail level. Ms. Steele began her career in the industry in sales and through the years has developed extensive experience in the industry serving as an Escrow Officer, Commercial Division Manager, Sales Manager, County Manager, Reverse Mortgage Division Senior VP, as well as Marketing/Communications Director. She joined the executive team in 2013 as Executive Vice President.

Randy Bradley

Executive Vice President

Randall Bradley joined National Closing Solutions in January 2002 as Regional Sales Manager. Bradley has lead the divisional sales force and helped promote the NCS line of products and services to lenders and title agents nationally. In 2013, Bradley joined the Mother Lode Holding Company executive team as Executive Vice President.

David Philipp

Chief Financial Officer

David Philipp has more than 15 years of financial management experience in several industries, including technology, financial services and retail. Prior to joining Mother Lode Holding Company and Placer Title Company, he provided financial management and investment banking services to emerging technology companies and was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a supply-chain technology company from 1999 to 2001.

Darrell Martin

Darrell Martin

Executive Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel

Darrell Martin joined Mother Lode Holding Company in 2015 as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for the company and all of its subsidiaries.  Mr. Martin became Mother Lode Holding Company’s General Counsel, Secretary and Executive Vice President in 2018, and provides all legal services for the company and its subsidiaries.