In the fall of 1982, PTC opened in Yolo County. It was our company's 3rd
county operation. Our predecessor in Yolo was Home and Land Title in Woodland. Leo was contacted by Gary Houser who'd been running the struggling company for the owner. The owner had offered to sell Gary the company and Gary needed Leo and PTC as a partner. Leo says that almost from the beginning Yolo was a profitable operation.
Now—fast-forward to 2003, Gary leaves PTC; to retire. Gary's retirement lasts about an hour and a half when he and many of the Yolo employees open a new title company a few blocks away. A bizarre turn of events which prompted Leo to quip—Here we are, Solo... So Low—In Yolo
. Into the breach stepped our man Nathan Blatnick, who, along with several PTC kids from surrounding operations and a few of the Yolo originals, began the task of rebuilding their county.
Now—fast-forward to the present... Nate and his crew—some old, some new—are no longer solo
and anything but So Low
! They are the top shelf title company in Yolo County. They are profitable; their market share is strong and growing; and they have earned the support of the county's best and most productive customers. They have done this the PTC way—supporting each other and their customers.
As an aside to the history of PTC Yolo, Leo told us this story of those early days:
Not long before we closed the deal to buy Home and Land the Department of Insurance conducted an investigation of the little company. An investigator was sent to Home and Land in Woodland, where she camped out damn near every day for weeks on end. She was not trying to help—just trying to find a good enough reason to close their doors. Gary and his CTO at the time, Byron McConnell, got their hands on a life-size blowup doll, inflated her and left her in a closet to be discovered by anyone who might be snooping around. Needless to say, when discovered, the doll startled the hell out of the investigator and Gary and Byron to the laugh they were after. Those were the days!