Leadership

Scott_Akerley1-150x150 Scott Akerley CEO
With a passion and talent to lead, innovate and inspire, Scott has been recognized over the years as a positive and inventive force in the real estate and settlement services industry. His belief that technology shouldn’t replace people, but rather be leveraged to increase efficiency and strengthen relationships, has resulted in his approach to business being deeply rooted in blending art (human beings) and science (technology and training). His impactful direction is further illustrated by Pango Group being named one of the 100 Best Places to Work by the Los Angeles Journal for four consecutive years. The organization’s values – Moxie, Grace and Kindness, Forward Thinking, Knowledge, Integrity and Teamwork, in unison with Scott’s open leadership style, have resulted in a symbiotic culture that nurtures these values far beyond the office doors.
Jeff_Russell1-150x150 Jeff Russell President
Jeff has spent a large portion of his career leading, mentoring and supporting others to grow not only their professional lives, but also in their personal lives. His passion for people, coupled with his inventive business mindset, has led him to be a visionary in the industry over the past decade. Over time and several executive management positions, Jeff developed his modus operandi —a framework of empathy and persistent learning that would become the foundation for Pango Group. This framework is evident in Jeff’s passion for coaching, amongst other things. At Pango Group, he created an internal coaching program to help guide employees to become the best version of themselves on both a professional and personal level. As President of Pango Group, Jeff manages the strategic direction of the organization in a very personalized and human way. Through his compassionate approach and encouraging those around him to be the best possible versions of themselves, Jeff has contributed to making the company what it is today.
Joe Curtis Joe Curtis Chief Operating Officer
Joe embodies a belief system that he leads by and lives by: create and implement strategic systems backed by empowered and accountable individuals who are passionate about the company’s mission, vision and values. His transparent and collaborative leadership style has been a significant contributing factor to humanizing systems and processes, which has allowed him to develop new business entities, strengthen existing ones and redefine the importance of people. Focusing on increasing productivity and supporting the team’s growth was the basis for yet another endeavor Joe initiated – the creation of Pango LAB. This concept focuses on training individuals interested in an escrow career and allowing employees to be cross-trained in other areas of the business. In turn, the company can provide a higher level of service to its clients. Joe was also named as a 2018 Advocate for Social Good by Giveback Homes. This distinction is given to prominent individuals within the real estate community who have demonstrated their commitment to giving back and pursuing the goal of safe and secure housing for all, and are eager to do more.
Milly Miller Milly Miller Vice President of Escrow Operations
Escrow Operations is managed by one of the industry’s most experienced escrow professionals, Milly Miller. A 35-year real estate veteran, Milly’s illustrious career began on the sales side as a Realtor, took a turn as a loan officer with one of the nation’s largest lending institutions, and then landed in escrow where she found her true calling. “This is a very forward-thinking organization and pertinent to our industry,” Milly recently shared. “There’s security working for a company like that. Even though it’s large, it’s very family-oriented with tons of support.” As Vice President of Escrow Operations, Milly is actively involved in strategic initiatives, screening and hiring of escrow officers, training, compliance and just about anything related to escrow.
Katie Milette Katie Milette Director of Escrow Operations
Katie Milette, Director of Escrow Operations, has been working in escrow and real estate for many years. She brings 20 years of escrow operations experience to Escrow Trust Advisors and has managed many business functions including sales, marketing, and operations. She managed offices throughout Southern California and is great at developing people and teams. Katie’s responsibilities include recruiting, coaching and managing offices stretching from Los Angeles to San Diego. An advocate of continuing education, she has honed her coaching abilities via programs at the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and the Center for Right Relationships (CRR).
Bryan Le Bryan Le Vice President of Information Technology
Vice President of Information Technology, Bryan Le, has a knack for helping companies grow, regardless of their business sector. Straight out of college he joined an action sports company, helping to build it from 55 employees to 500 over a seven-year period. His desire to transform a company’s IT infrastructure to accommodate growth potential drew him to Pango Group. His responsibilities include: day-to-day operations, infrastructure, applications, compliance and security.
Russell Jensen Russell Jensen Vice President of Finance
Vice President of Finance, Russell Jensen, brings a worldview to the Pango Group. He spent his formative years overseas including attendance at American University in Dubai where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Management. Russell will be helping to support a sustainable business practice for the organization, identifying and facilitating accounting efficiencies, and managing the needs of various accounting departments falling beneath the Pango Group corporate umbrella.