Our Staff

John is the president and owner of OConnor Title Services, having taken over the fourth-generation family title abstract business in 1994. In the decades preceding, he built his knowledge and industry experience, working in management roles at larger, full service title agencies. In 1997, he used his nearly 40 years of experience to expand OConnor Title into a full service title agency, with the establishment of OConnor Title Guaranty. John’s other business interests include real estate development, leasing and management. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, running, biking, cheering on the Chicago Cubs and, of course, spending time with his wife, Mary, three grown children and three grandchildren.

Tom is the Operations Manager for OConnor Title. A fourth-generation title searcher, Tom got his start in 1973, while working for his dad in the Cook County, Illinois tract books. He joined the team at OConnor Title Services in August, 1996. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys camping, kayaking, travel, and, as depicted above, the occasional ballgame at historic Wrigley Field. He donates his time and efforts cooking at homeless shelters.

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Frank has been the Title and Escrow Manager for OConnor Title Guaranty since May of 2015. He has previously held positions as Title examiner, Closer, and REO Closing Department Supervisor. While working for OConnor Title, he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in English at Northwestern University. Frank enjoys spending time with his family, and biking to and from the office.

Deanna worked for OConnor Title Guaranty as an escrow assistant from October, 2001 to April, 2004, when she left to pursue a career in accounting. Deanna returned to OConnor Title in October, 2009, as executive assistant to the company president. She fills a variety of roles, including accounting, human resources, office management and building management. Deanna graduated from Purdue University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, tennis, cross-country skiing, running, time at the beach, pet sitting, and perfecting her pour-over coffee. Deanna also works with a church group, and has worked with at-risk teen girls.

Mark handles OConnor Title’s Cook County, Illinois courthouse operations, searching the tract books deep into the history of real estate parcels, examining court cases, and obtaining older document copies from microfiche. Mark joined our team in 1997 with 17 years of title searching experience under his belt at the time. Mark finds satisfaction in helping the less fortunate through charities. His favored charities are UNICEF and PAWS.

Lou joined the OConnor Title staff in November, 2003, and heads up the Recording Department. Over the years, Lou has become an expert on the ins and outs of the many county recorders offices he works with on a daily basis. He finds satisfaction in his ability to help customers navigate the bureaucracies of the various Cook County and City of Chicago departments. With strong attention to detail, and a desire to do things right the first time, Lou works hard to see to it that your documents are properly recorded. Lou is also a musician, playing in three bands: Penthouse Sweets, The Differents, and Decoy Prayer Meeting. He also enjoys songwriting and photography.

Kansas City Team

Ray Dougherty

Ray is our Regional Manager for the Kansas City metro area. He joined the OConnor team in March of 1998, although he has been involved in the title industry for a decade prior.. He worked for OConnor Title in Chicago, before taking advantage of an opportunity to open an office in the Kansas City metro area. He takes pride in the ability to service multiple counties in both Kansas and Missouri. Ray appreciates the great outdoors, whether it’s cheering on his Kansas City sports teams, or doing yardwork.

Cat Rinehart

Cat came to work for OConnor in July of 2001 as a production assistant. As one might expect in a busy satellite office, Cat performs a wide variety of tasks necessary to keep the Kansas City production humming. Cat also finds that cheering on her Kansas City Chiefs and Royals is a favorite pastime.



Patrick “Pat” William Scott began his time in the title business in 1989, hired by John OConnor to work as a Mapper/Locator in a high-volume shop. He soon worked his way up to title searching, managing a branch title office, and, eventually, sales. In June of 1997, three years after its incorporation, Pat made the move to become a sales representative for OConnor Title Services, Inc. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to Sales and Marketing Manager. With the exception of a two-year stint as Title and Escrow Manager, Pat had remained in the position ever since. He was an active member of the National Athletic Club/Rod and Gun Club in Fox Lake. Pat was a member, and former President, of the National Association of Land Title Examiners and Abstractors (NALTEA). He is a 1986 graduate of St. Mary’s College (now St. Mary’s University) in Winona, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism. An avid fisherman, Pat enjoyed fishing in Hayward, Wisconsin and on the Chain of Lakes. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and cheering on the Chicago sports teams. Pat passed away unexpectedly at his home December 28, 2017, and is greatly missed.



Jeremy began working for OConnor Title in June of 1997, while he was still in high school. For many years, he was the face and voice of the company. Jeremy passed away unexpectedly in the spring of 2016. He is missed by his coworkers and customers alike.