Leadership Team

lee-profile-2016Lee Mergler, Co-Founder, Principal

Lee has been immersed in the title insurance industry for more than 15 years; 7 years of which have been as a loan officer.  Having owned Advanced Title & Settlements, L.L.C. for the past 8 years, he has been allowed to see the dream of home ownership come true for many families.  He handles the finalization of all closings to ensure that each participant not only has a quality experience, but understands, step-by-step, their undertaking as a home owner.






14955787_1435205473174509_2286235757725399220_nHeather Mergler,
 Co-FounderManaging Partner

Heather, Co-founded Advanced Title & Settlements in 2006 which is currently celebrating eleven years in business. Heather's vision was to provide superior customer experience with unrivaled convenience - such as mobile settlements at no additional fee, extended evening hours and e-closings. Heather has been a licensed settlement agent for ten years and earned her CDPE  (Certified Distressed Property Expert) designation in 2010. Heather also earned her real estate license in 2013 for the state of Virginia. Since 2008, Advanced Title & Settlements has successfully negotiated and closed over 3,000 short sale transactions. That means helping over 3,000 families avoid foreclosure! Heather and her team feel that assisting families in distress is an honor and it is something that she is passionate about. She enjoys helping Realtors to assist families and has even hosted a radio show, "Real Estate Roundup," to educate families about alternatives to foreclosure. Advanced Title is licensed in VA, MD, DC and FL and can serve all 50 states.


steve-profileSteve Crone,
 Title Processor

Steve has been involved in the real estate industry since 1999 and has held various licenses in both the title and appraisal industries in multiple states. He has been involved in successfully facilitating over 70,000 loan transactions and has personal expertise in valuation tactics, negotiation tactics, marketing and lead generations, contract preparation and review. Steve has been operating nationally and has a vast knowledge base of real estate transactions including refinances, purchases, reverse mortgages, estate transfers, commercial lending, and government contract proposals. Steve's philosophy is to provide superior customer service that is second to none. He prides himself on a high level of communication while anticipating his clients' needs. He is relentless in finding new ways to improve product delivery.





Stacey Dietrich, Title Processor

Stacey Dietrich has been active in the Maryland real estate industry since 1992. Stacey worked in a real estate office early in her career and then transitioned to tile. Stacey started in the title industry as  a pre-closing processor and since then has learned all aspects of the closing. Stacey enjoys processing files for Maryland and the District of Columbia and has a high level of expertise in each jurisdiction. Stacey also has an expansive background in Maryland abstracting so she is considered a valuable resource to the entire Advanced Title and Settlements team.







Chris O'Neil, Co- Founder Towson Branch and Title Processor

Chris O’Neil is a native of Baltimore and has been playing an active role in the real estate and title industry since 1981. Since this time Chris has been involved in all aspects including holding a real estate license, title license, as well as founding an abstract company. Chris started as a file clerk in a title company where he began to build his knowledge base and then started to perform settlements in 1983. Chris was a principal in a former title company but has been a founder of the Advanced Title Towson location since 2009. Since then, Chris can be found out on the beltway conducting closings or in the office clearing title. The entire Advanced Title team is appreciative of Chris' extensive knowledge base and his expertise in the Maryland and DC region.






rod-profileRod Mergler, Attorney

A native of Manassas, Virginia, Rod is the managing attorney at Advanced Title & Settlements. Having received his Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Master's Degree in Public Administration and his Juris Doctorate, Law Degree from Brigham Young University. Mr. Mergler has established his own law practice since 1995 and was appointed Special Justice by the 31st Judicial Circuit Court of Virginia in 2006. Rod's primary area of interest involves Real Estate and is a licensed agent as well. He provides counsel to Advanced Title and Settlements, L.L.C., where he supports all aspects of the real estate transaction process, both residential and commercial.