MLHC Executives

Randy Bradley

Chief Executive Officer

Randall Bradley joined National Closing Solutions in January 2002 as Regional Sales Manager. Bradley led 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. Mr. Bradley was appointed CEO of Mother Lode in 2021.

Lisa Steele

Chief Operating Officer

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. In 2021 Ms. Steele was appointed COO of Mother Lode Holding Company.

Darrick Blatnick


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 in 2021 was appointed to President of Mother Lode Holding Company.

David Philipp

Chief Financial Officer

David Philipp has more than 30 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

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.

Marsha Emmett Spence

Chairman of the Board

Marsha Spence has over 40 years of experience in the title and escrow industry, proudly serving Placer Title Company since 1977. With extensive experience on all sides of title and escrow, Ms. Spence has served as an Escrow Officer, Branch Manager, County Manager and was appointed President of Mother Lode Holding Company in 1997. She became CEO of Mother Lode Holding Company in 2001, and Chairman/CEO from 2006-2021. Ms. Spence also served on the California Land Title Association Board of Governors, most recently as President of the Board from 2002-2003.

Jim Johnston

Vice Chairman of the Board

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. Mr. Johnston retired as President in 2021 and remains as vice chairman of the board.