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D. Bello Associates Founder to Retire

May 10, 2012

California-based D. Bello Associates announced that company founder Doug Bello will retire later this year after working in the title insurance industry for more than 40 years.

Bello, who founded D. Bello Associates in 1988, will continue to serve in an advisory capacity as president and on the board of directors. Day-to-day operational responsibilities were given to Jeffrey Bates in March.

“I’m excited to continue to be a part of the company, but also excited that I will now have new doors opened in my life to allow me to do many of the things I’ve wanted to do but never had the time,” Bates said.

Bello entered the industry fresh out of college in 1970, joining Chicago Title in Los Angeles as a printer. He was promoted to customer service, then searching and ultimately a production title officer. In 1980, Bello was named president of Title Records Inc. (TRI), which was the largest title plant in the United States based on recording volume.

In 1989, Bello was elected by a federal judge to serve on a committee to refurbish Hawaii’s recording system. Many of his recommendations remain in place today. In the early 1990s, he served as a consultant for the Russian Land Privatization Committee to discuss land reform and private ownership under the restructuring policy of Perestroika.

Bello has a BA in Hispanic Civilization from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management.

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