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.

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.

Maria Starck joined OConnor Title as a Title Searcher in September 2018. Prior to joining the Title Search Department, Maria worked in the non-profit field in housing and asset building. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Transylvania University. In her free time, she is a member of the Chicago Childcare Collective where she provides free childcare to racial and economic justice groups organizing in Chicago. Maria also enjoys karaoke, dancing, and live music.

Art has been with OConnor since 2002. Born in Krakow, Poland he came to America when he was 9 years old back in 1985.
He is a graduate from The Art Institute of Illinois with a BFA in visual communications.
Art has been a crucial addition to the team with expert knowledge in searching our collar counties of DuPage, Kane, Will, McHenry, Lake and many more. As a partner of a successful rehab company, he feels making an ugly house into a beautiful home fulfills his natural creativity. He enjoys traveling to different Countries with his husband Jim and has traveling around the world as part of their bucket list.