“Providing Service with Innovation”

Mentor Office

7519 Mentor Avenue, Suite A114, Mentor, OH  44060

Phone:  440-942-8484; Fax:  440-210-6677


Our Mission

INGENUITY TITLE AGENCY, INC. is an independently owned full service title insurance and escrow company handling all 88 counties in the State of Ohio.  Founded in September of 2016 we believe in always protecting the interests of all parties we represent.  We have over 60 years of combined experience in all aspects of the financial industry.  We offer experience, knowledge and expertise in all areas of title and escrow functions and we use the latest technology in our industry to provide a fast, efficient and expert closing experience.  

Our Values

We understand the complexities and challenges of both commercial and residential transactions whether a purchase or refinance our goal is to provide a smooth and efficient closing transaction, and our focus is on providing exceptional service to everyone we represent.  We pride ourselves on referrals and repeat business from our satisfied customers!

Meet the staff


 chuck-6878Charles J. Herbst

 President/Licensed Title Agent

Chuck started his career as a part-time teller at State Savings and Loan which later became First Nationwide Bank.  He spent 12 years in the retail branch environment and moved up to branch management.  He then left the bank and accepted an escrow officer position at Title Xperts Agency in Cleveland.  After moving up to regional escrow manager he has since worked for Progressive Land Title and First American Title.  When First American Title decided to close their direct escrow offices in the Cleveland market he accepted an escrow officer/closer position with Park View Federal in Solon and after four years he moved over to Omni Title Agency to become the Director of Operations.  Chuck was hired in October 2013 to set up and run the Ohio title company for First National Bank of Pennsylvania.  He has over 35 years of experience in the financial and title industries.


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Sam A. Zakharia

CEO/Director of Marketing/Sales

Sam has been in the Real Estate industry since 1991. He started his Real Estate career with Chavez Properties in Cleveland Ohio and was the Director of City Operations. In 1996 Sam got his real estate license and joined Realty One in Lyndhurst as a Realtor. In 1997 he joined Royal American Group and became the Property Operation Manager of 740 units. Sam left Royal American Group When they sold in 2008 and went on to manage his own local properties and other businesses. Being a Notary Public since 1997 Sam owns and runs Paramount National Closers conducting thousands of real estate signing appointments for many local and national title companies.


Brenda 4Brenda Shockey Takacs

Title/Escrow Officer

Brenda began her career with Women’s Federal Savings bank in the Loan Processing Department she later moved into the Escrow Department, and also worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Construction Loan Department. Brenda left the bank and accepted a position with Real Estate Title Services, LLC., which later became known as Stewart Title, LLC. Brenda spent the next 23 years developing her Customer Service skills in the Title/Escrow Industry. She left Stewart Title in 2013 to accept a position as Manager/Escrow Officer for North Coast Title, LLC. Brenda has 38 years of experience in the financial and title industries.






Our Company

Ingenuity Title Agency is underwritten by: