Leadership

Robert Karraa

President
With over 20 years of experience in the property information and database industry, Robert Karraa has led the Data Trace team through continuous growth and new product innovations. Robert began his career with TRTS Data Services which was later acquired by First American Corporation. Prior to accepting his position as President of Data Trace, Robert was the Vice President of Sales and Service for First American CoreLogic. During his tenure with First American, Robert has managed all areas of the company including Operations, Processing, Database Management and Sales. He also managed multiple acquisitions, customer conversion processes and the launch of international operations. Robert holds a bachelor's degree in business from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Robert is a member of the American Land Title Association and the Mortgage Bankers Association.



Steve Kendall

Sr Vice President of Sales and Client Services
Steve has over 23 years of sales leadership experience in the real estate information industry. As Vice President of Sales and Client Services, Steve represents the voice of the customer and is responsible for management of existing accounts, new market identification, expansion of market share and revenue growth utilizing a national account sales team coupled with industry partnerships. He is a highly motivated executive who has a track record of increasing sales and growing bottom line while spearheading operational improvements to drive productivity and reduce costs. Steve has a degree in Marketing from Central Michigan University and an MBA in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.



Jim Portner

Senior Vice President of Product Strategy
A seasoned product professional with extensive experience in setting strategic direction and a successful track record of delivering high quality business and financial solutions, Jim Portner determines overall strategic direction guides the product and marketing functions within First American Data Tree. Jim brings a wealth of experience to his current role having spent over 25 years providing product leadership to several top organizations.  From executive positions at Intuit, Sage Software, ADP, CoreLogic and Interthinx he possesses a broad understanding of customer needs as well as the knowledge and expertise necessary to deliver products and services that meet and exceed those needs. ┬áJim holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance from California State University, Long Beach, a Masters of Business Taxation from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Emory University.  



Amanda Pomerantz

Vice President of Product Management
Amanda Pomerantz has over 14 years of experience in the property information and database industry. She began her career within First American Real Estate Solutions (now CoreLogic) where she worked in a variety of capacities including Service, Account Management, Sales and Sales Management. Amanda has spent the past 5 years working with Data Trace, also in a variety of roles including Sales, Operational Planning and Vendor Management. She currently holds the position of Vice President of Marketing and Product Management in which Amanda is responsible for managing the entire product life cycle from strategic planning to tactical execution. She leads and directs product launches, product positioning, market research, project requirements and communications.



Calvin Powell

Vice President of Technology
Calvin is a seasoned information technology professional who has held CIO/CTO positions within multiple financial institutions. With over 25 years of experience in this field and focused on productivity opportunities, process improvements and delivering best-in-class technology solutions, Calvin manages the architecture and operation of First American Data Tree’s property information database and spearheads the company’s enterprise software development initiatives. He has had extensive success in cultivating talent and leading technological teams to achieve aggressive growth and profitability goals, and has developed solutions that have resulted in significant process improvements and cost reduction. Prior to joining Data Tree, Calvin held IT leadership including loanDepot.com, Grander Financial, Think Mortgage, and LendingTree Loans.



Gwen Sorensen

Vice President of Client Services
Gwen Sorensen has over 20 years of experience in technology and computer related industries. As Vice President of Client Services, Gwen plays a key role in understanding customer needs and has a nationwide responsibility for Data Trace’s client service strategy. Sorensen’s expertise have led her to take on the duty of directing the client relationship experience, leading outreach activities and positioning, user education and training, quality assurance, in addition to leading the daily service and management of Data Trace’s diverse customer base. She joined Data Trace in 1993 and has held a variety of roles within company departments such as Title Account Management, Marketing and Product Management. Prior to joining Data Trace, Gwen held Sales and Marketing Management positions at Talaris Systems and Handyman Inc.



Andrew Thompson

Vice President of Managed Services
Andrew Thompson has over 15 years of experience in the financial services and business process outsourcing (BPO) industries. As Vice President of Managed Services, Andrew is responsible for leading a cross-functional team accountable for the fulfillment of customer-facing products and services. Responsibilities include new customer on-boarding, order management and other operational functions to meet customer-driven performance standards including turnaround time, quality assurance, and cost per unit objectives. Prior to Andrew’s current role, he has held a variety of positions across multiple functional areas including Operations, Sales, Customer Service, and Program Management. Andrew is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.