Brumbelow, Former Waco Title Director, Launches Leadership Development Company

Entrepreneurship is hard to ignore when the lure of building a successful business sets in.

This call motivated Amanda Brumbelow, head of the title company, to start a new business.

ARDÚ Business Advisors is a company specializing in leadership development and business coaching. ARDÚ is an acronym for Articulate, Refine, Develop and Unveil.

Brumbelow will be one of the only business coaches in the country to focus solely on small businesses. She said she only knows one other business coach who is a member of the American Land Title Association (ALTA). This particular business model focuses on implementing a sales strategy.

“There is a need across the country to help title company owners rise above day-to-day operations to see more clearly how to scale their business,” she said. “I’ve seen big companies acquire many small business owners because the owner didn’t know how to ‘ARDÚ’ the business.”

Brumbelow resigned in December as director of closing operations at Springdale-based Waco Title Co., one of the state’s largest title companies. She started in the title and closing industry when she was 19 and also owned a daycare.

Amanda Brumbelow

Brumbelow worked at Waco Title for nearly 10 years and implemented several unique programs, including training for new closing agents.

The Northwest Arkansas Business Journal recognized her in 2014 as a member of its Forty Under 40 class.

“Waco Title is a great company full of amazing people, and I’m grateful for what I learned and proud of what I accomplished there,” she said. “I’ve decided it’s time for me to put my energy into building something that’s mine. I know my expertise as a leader and former business owner can help small businesses in the large-scale title insurance.”

She said that ARDÚ would not be her only business.

“Now that I’m self-employed, I can and will do more because I work for the energy I get from doing something I love,” she said.

Brumbelow said it will take on a few clients in the first quarter of this year. She also plans to attend ALTA conferences to grow the business nationally.

Brumbelow’s departure is another senior-level outing at Waco Title.

CEO Patrick Curry resigned in August to create title agency Allegiance Title Co. of Arkansas in Fayetteville. In early October, Allegiance announced Brian Blackman as the company’s vice president and general counsel. Blackman was previously COO at Waco Title, where he had worked since 2013.

“Change is never easy, but it opens up opportunities that no one could see before,” Brumbelow said. “I am delighted to see how the new [Waco Title] the management team has grown and are looking forward to what they will do next.

Waco Title has hired Sara Heck, who worked the previous eight years for Arvest Bank, as Curry’s successor.

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