CertifID was founded in 2017 by Lawrence Duthler and Tom Cronkright. Experienced attorneys, and award-winning business leaders of Sun Title, one of Michigan’s largest title agencies, ranked as an Inc. 5000 company for the past three consecutive years.
Tom and Lawrence fell victim to fraud in 2015 when they wired $180,000 to a fraudster thinking he was a legitimate seller. After two years of hunting down the culprits, they realized who they were up against. A sophisticated global network that had cracked the code on these transactions and was wreaking havoc on the more than 25,000 title companies in the US through hijacked email, fake phone numbers, and stolen credentials. Through that experience, they identified a need in the marketplace to create a real-time solution to verify identities and documents in financial transactions – CertifID was born.
Thomas W. Cronkright II
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
As an accomplished entrepreneur and licensed attorney, Tom has founded and led award-winning businesses to receive honorable recognition in their respective fields; he is also a highly sought-after speaker who lends his expertise to the world of real estate and lending-related topics across the country.
Lawrence R. Duthler
CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT
After finding great success as a CPA and corporate attorney, Lawrence followed his passion as an entrepreneur and helped build one of the largest title agencies in Michigan. He is a visionary leader in customer service, process, and organizational development. He is a regular speaker on real estate and leadership topics.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Tyler is a detail-driven individual who thrives on leveraging technology to create value for companies and users. His experience and knowledge of product design have been instrumental in helping many Fortune 100 companies find successful solutions for everyday problems.
DIRECTOR OF CLIENT OPERATIONS
Following his national award-winning sales career, Bill has brought a personal side to the world of technology and statistics. His passion for finding data-driven solutions and helping others has proven to be an essential combination for merging people with technology.
DIRECTOR OF GROWTH
Yagmur is a serial entrepreneur and highly accomplished software developer and has had multiple successful exits in the technology space. He thrives on leading teams to tackle some of the toughest issues in technology.
DIGITAL SECURITY SPECIALIST
Brent has an extensive background in both government and private sector technology. Besides directing the technology for one of the largest title agencies in Michigan, he has served on the IMAN consortium board as well as aided in multiple company start-ups including a technology consulting firm and wireless internet service provider.
As a thought leader in digital security and privacy, he has held significant positions in security teams at Google, Facebook, Snapchat and currently with Lyft. An amazingly bright individual with a passion for security infrastructure and developing strategies to meet today’s evolving security demands.
Carlos Gutierrez Jr.
Carlos’ background in government, international development, and law complements his passion for adding value to the commercial sector. An avid angel investor, Carlos is also the founder of Highline Point Group, LLC., a strategic advisory firm focused on early-stage companies. He is involved in many philanthropic endeavors and is a published author.
With over 30 years experience in the capital markets and mortgage, REIT, GSE, servicing and insurance markets, he has served in many senior leadership roles including SVP of Freddie Mac. As a prominent leader with FirstKey Mortgage and Promontory MortgagePath, he continues to drive strategy and efficiencies in the residential mortgage markets.
As an experienced CEO, Al is a leader in information services. He has over 30 years experience in the title and lending industries and has held numerous executive level positions in his career. He has a passion for leveraging technology to improve process and customer experience.