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John's Christmas Present

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2: Beginning... All American Title Inc., has announced that John Bethell of Bloomington has purchased 100 percent of the outstanding stock of the company from Mark Peters of Ellettsville. All American Title was founded in 1973 by Don Peters. Bethell has been in the title insurance business for 30 years. He most recently was the Midwest region manager for First American Title Insurance Co. - Herald Times | Nov '89 - Years ago I told John I wasn't sure yet if he was just getting lucky or if he was just very good at hiring good people (not just good at their jobs, but good people.) Well, by now I'm thinking, John's either very, very lucky or,.... well, ... nobody's that lucky! - Jack | 1983 - The day Mark Peters told us he sold the business, I was in shock, I had worked for him so long I wouldn't imagine what I'd do next. Thankfully, Mark said John was keeping the company's employees. John was from a big corp., so it was hard to make some of his adjustments. I am pretty darn simple, and was not a good one for a lot of change. I think John had a lot of patience with me, and I have learned a lot from him and my co-workers. Best of wishes in your endeavors, John, and thank you. - Gloria

3: Opening of the East side office | April '01 - I was with All American Title When John came here. I was rather unsure of this "John Bethell", so I did a Google search on the name. It revealed many John Bethells (including Baron John Bethell), and some on the man I was looking for, showing his experience in MI and further back. Ten yeas later a search found many hits on the 1st page for him and the company. I am so proud to work for John, and be associated with his company over these last ten years! We will make him "Baron John Bethell" to us, and all who know him. - Elisabeth

4: It's Officially John's House: All American Title renamed John Bethell Title, Company, Inc.! | Bloomington Board of Realtors: 2004 Affiliate of the Year

5: Mar '05- It's been so long ago that John was actually the person who trained me to use our software. I remember on my 1st day thinking surely they'll have coffee at the office, so I didn't bring any of my own. Half way thru the morning of training I kept yawning when John says, "Let's take a break, why don't you go and get yourself some coffee." The lack of coffee provided hasn't changed since then, but many other things have. I have since enjoyed John's good taste of additionally hired employees. I've made a lot of good friends at JBT, and thru them met the love of my life! Most of the employees here have grown up together, getting married, having kids, and we've made many great memories. I have John to thank for hiring me 8 years ago and giving me the opportunity to gain confidence in myself and my abilities. Without a doubt, I can say that since working at JBT, these have been the best years of my life, thus far. -Jamie | May '07 - I had never met John before I started at JBT, but I knew I liked his last name. After meeting him, I could tell he had more than just a great name: he had a handsome and intelligent son, too. In all seriousness, I enjoy working with you, Dad. - Nate


7: Customer Appreciation

8: Three Years of being a CASA for Kids Playhouse Raffle Platinum Sponsor. | Gold Sponsor of the Harmony School Golf Tournament Helping to subsidize low-income students | "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another." - Charles Dickens

9: May '06 - I will always remember how excited I was when John offered me the closing asst. position | Moved to current DT Office Space | "Did I miss something? When did we get to Disneyland?" - Spaceballs | Maybe a little too excited! : ) I knew I wanted to work at a title company, but I had no idea how | being a part of this title company would change my life. It amazes me when I think about how | how much has changed since 2006. My family has grown by three and my JBT family | has doubled! John - The past 6 1/2 years have been a truly amazing journey. Thank you for | the opportunities you have given me to grow both personally and professionally. I am | forever grateful. I look forward to what the future holds. -Kara

10: Jan '07 - I feel that I got more than just a job when I started working at JBT. I also got a family of wonderful people that I can't wait to see everyday. I've also been able to experience the most legendary brisket in the world! - Stephanie | Spring '07 - I value the sense of family and belonging that comes from working at John Bethell Title Co. I will always remember the great times we have all spent together, both inside and outside of the office. -Andrew

11: to apply for the position by a current employee of JBT, and I haven't looked back since. I was originally hired as a closer, and have since gained experience in both the closing and title departments. Since my hire date almost 6 years ago I have grown both personally and professionally. John has allowed me to try new things to enrich my goals and capabilities by giving me opportunities to join professional development groups and being involved with local non-profits that I have personal interest in. Personally, my co-workers are like an extension of my family. I enjoy sharing our daily personal lives with one another as much as I enjoy the satisfaction of working together as a team. John has given me the opportunity to enrich my life, and I just want to say "Thanks, Johnny B!" - Jeanette | Five Years Strong! | Feb '07 - I was hired by John on the spot, no resume necessary! It had been suggested to me

12: Annual BBQ Begins! | It's an Extravaganza! | Mmm... Brisket

13: Let the Games Begin! Johnny B Day!

14: Teaching the Masses - First blog post and Bloom article: Helping people understand the real estate and title business... and whether a rigid or smooth paper clip is better. | Parade of Homes: Curb Appeal

15: Fire and Ice

16: John Bethell: CASA President 2009-2011 | A Year for the Kiddos | Boys and Girls Club Sponsor | Havin' a Groovy Time Bowling for Kids Sake | Rogers-Binford Annual Carnival Sponsor

17: MCBA Aficionado | Aug '09 - I have thoroughly enjoyed myself from my first day at John Bethell Title. What a pleasure it is to work with an energetic and diverse group of individuals who enjoy their work, interacting with one another and their lives in genera! Prior to resettling in IN, I retired from a career in Real Estate and Property Mgmt. that enabled me to live on three coasts and several states in between. Regardless of some of the wonderful places I've been fortunate enough to live, it is really nice to be home again in Indiana!

18: Makin' Moves in the Community | JBT Building Crew for Habitat for Humanity | Breast Cancer Awareness Walk Sponsor | Olcott Center for Cancer Golf Scramble Sponsor

19: First Office Expansion! | Bloomingotn Board of Realtors: Affiliate of the Year! | CONGRATS! | The World is Not Enough - James Bond

20: Oct '11 - It's been an exciting ride since I joined JBT. I have probably been involved with more unique title issues in the last year that in my previous 31 years of being on my own. Having the resources and people to deal with any situation is really a luxury. - Dan | Sep '11 - I remember my 1st interview with John. It was unlike any other I had encountered, (in a good way)! It was very comfortable and felt it was more or a meeting to get to know one another and a way to connect on a personal level. I left feeling this would be an environment I would feel blessed to work in.. This past year has been a wonderful experience. John is a thoughtful leader who truly appreciates each and every person here and for that I am grateful. Congrats on 10 Years, John, and thank you! - Liz | Feb '11 - I am extremely grateful to work at JBT. I thought I was settled in for a long tenure at my previous job. I was so settled, we decided to start a family. But, life i.e. "takeover" happened and I found myself in that space in between. John Bethell was the only employer I applied with and when I shared I was 13 weeks pregnant, John stated he was not concerned with something short term like that. I took a sigh of relief and I grow more content and happy in my job all the time. I love the people assembled here and the work borders on fun most days. I love the present and look forward to getting better as the company does. - Laura

21: June '11 - I am so thankful to John for acquiring the Bloomington Office of Meridian Title and me along with it! I couldn't have asked for a better place or better people to work with. Thank you Johnny B! You are a great guy and employer! - Rose | June '11 - When I learned that John Bethell Title had acquired the Meridian Title Bloomington office I was not sure what to expect. I can now say the last 18 months have been great. The entire staff works very well together. Good times continue and great friends made.. - Mike | Dec '11 - I have gained a lot of great new friendships and have been able to continue to work with two of my former co-workers (who I missed dearly). Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to be part of your company. It has been a year, and I have enjoyed it immensely. Lots of memories, and many more to come. - Lori

22: Acquisitions! | Bethll Purchases Meridian Title Corp.'s Bloomington Office "John Bethell, president and owner of John Bethell Title Co., Inc., has announced the purchase of the Bloomington office of Meridian Title Corp..... Bethell is also acquiring a great deal of historical land title records. With addition of Meridian's back files, Bethel now has access to prior title work on about 80,000 transactions, which reduces the need for costly and time consuming title searches allowing customers to close deals within a shorter time frame.." - June 19, 2011, Herald Times | Bethell Title purchases assets "John Bethell Title Co. of Bloomington is buying the assets of Bloomington-bases Best Title Co. from Dan Stewart.... 'Dan and I have discussed combining our businesses off and on for several years,' Bethell said in a prepared release. 'As our leadership team considered what steps to take, it seemed natural to follow up again with Dan, a 30-year veteran of the business.'" - Herald Times, Sept 16, 2011 | "The man whose acquisitions stick is the man who is always achieving and advancing." - William James

23: Bloomington Small Business of the Year | "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." - Henry Ford

24: Third Affiliate of the Year Winner for JBT! Congrats, Dan! | 100 Men Who Cook -Benefit for the Bloomington Hospital's Hospice House -Oh, the magical brisket... | First Year having an Angel Tree for the Salvation Army

25: Mar '12 - It's hard to believe 9 months have passed by since I joined JBT. I am grateful for the opportunity to work at such a wonderful company.. The culture that John has created here is truly enjoyable, and the best place of any I have worked. As a student, I am very appreciative of the flexibility around my busy academic schedule. On a more personal note, I had never really thought of Bloomington as more than the IU campus. Getting to know my co-workers and learning of fun things to do around town from them have made Bloomington both | Feb '12 - I am most appreciative of the opportunity that John Bethell gave me 10 months ago, to join his great, cutting edge Title Company. Everybody at John Bethell Title Company has been so accomodating and helpful with my acclimation to the working of his great Title Company. I am looking forward to the future with JBT. - Bill | bigger, as well as smaller. - Mathias | Apr '12 - As I sit down at my desk every day and see my photo frame holding the Company's Core Values, I | can't help but be thank | can't help but be thankful to John for adding me to the team. Upon learning about these values I was a bit | skeptical - many companies claim to be great places to work, and are not.. As time went on, and I grew to know | my co-workers all doubt vanished. It is obvious John really cares about JBT. He not only employs hard-working and caring individuals, but creates an atmosphere in which it would be difficult not to have a positive attitude. Thank you, John! - Sarah

26: 'Ello Governor Congratulations, John on your induction to the Indiana Land Title Association Board of Governors | John Bethell: Continuing a Tradition of Excellence Affiliate of the Year! | Making More Room -Dan Cave Expansion | There can only be one... -Highlander

27: A Delightful Decade | Host of the Business After Hours to Celebrate 10 Glorious Years.

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