Benchmark Title Company, LLC



John Howe


Ok, lets get away from the negatives of claims for a bit and work on the positive side of today’s world. Lets start with attitude and go from there where ever this leads us, and I use the “US” because this column is about, and for, “US”, I am always open to suggestions from our readers as to any topic that you may want to highlight here.


Anyway, “Attitude”…What is yours like today? You wake up and turn on the news and what do you see, the market is awful, some more people got shot or killed, there is a traffic tie up on I-64, I-40, I-70 or I-44, whichever one you need and it is backed up to forever, what a day.


Alright, now lets look at the most important part of the entire prior paragraph, first and most important, YOU WOKE UP ! ! ! For me, that is an absolute plus, now we have another day, another opportunity to do something great for yourself, your family, your customers, your friends. Some of the rest of that statement above you can do something about, others you can’t control, so why let those things ruin your day, get your attitude up and ready for the day.


Attitude is a state of mind created by your outside influences, but, your mind is the strongest influence in the world, make it work for you. I am one of those Pollyanna type people who think I can do anything I want if I set my mind to it, and have proven that to myself more than once. So can you. Just think about how many times you have done just that and never gave it a thought about how or why it got done.


Some of your successes may be credited to luck, not so. Define luck as Labor Under Correct Knowledge, so you work hard, follow your training and instincts, and you get Lucky, not so my friends, you succeed through knowledge, work and an attitude that you can not be beat by any outside influences.


Yes the market is not very good, however, it is a lot worse in other areas of the country and we all are very good at what we do, know what we are doing, and work hard, thereby creating our own luck. 

Any questions can be directed to Benchmark Title at 618-239-3750. Please feel free to call or email:  

John Howe

Doreen Miller, Esq.
Vice President and General Counsel

Michelle Null
VP Escrow Operations

Bethany Bond
Marketing Director

Serving you from three convenient locations:

Main Office:
1124 Hartman Lane
Shiloh, IL 62221

Ph: 618-239-3750
Escrow Fax: 618-239-3707
Title Fax: 618-239-3757
Fax Orders: 618-310-1589
President: John Howe

318 North Main St.
Columbia, IL 62236

Ph: 618-281-9700
Fax: 618-281-9705
Manager: Randi Schur

4215 S. State Rte 159
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
Ph: 618-288-1695
Fax: 618-288-1852
Manager: Sara Sowell

Benchmark Title is celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary!!!

With 10 years of the highest quality of service, & the most accurate product in the industry, we would like to say
Thank You for making us successful!!!!

Remember---Send us a new order on October 10th and October 20th and receive 10% off your title premium!!!!

Dates to Remember
October 4 - Please wish our employee Debbie Jetter a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

October 7 - GGAR Board of Directors Installation Luncheon and Ceremony in honor of incoming Chairman of the Board, Doug Hartmann Jr. at Gateway Center, Collinsville.  Reception and Check-in at 11 am, Buffet Luncheon 12 pm, ceremony after lunch.  $20 per person.  Please RSVP to the Association office by September 30.

October 11 - Please wish our employee Bethany Bond a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

 November 7 - HBA Auction from 6 pm - 10 pm at Far Oaks in Caseyville, IL

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