John D. Haviland
President of South Ridge Abstract and Title Company
Mr. Haviland has been a resident of Sebring Florida since 1975. He grew up in Coral Gables Florida, attended the University of Florida and was awarded a degree in Mass Communications in 1971. While attending the university he served as chairman of the student union’s board of managers. He was a member of the Epsilon Zeta chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity. Mr. Haviland started his career in the title industry with Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company in Miami Florida in 1972. During this time he was a title researcher and title officer conducting title closings. In 1975 he moved to Sebring and worked for South Ridge Abstract and Title Company as its title officer. In 1979 he became vice president and in 1980 the bought the company and now serves as its president to this day. During the 1980’s to present Mr. Haviland has served in many positions for the Florida Land Title Association. He served as its president from 1993 to 1994. In 1997 he was awarded the Raymond O. Denham Memorial Award for outstanding service in the title industry. He is a member of the Government Affairs Committee at this time. He has and still holds membership on many different committees with the American Land Title Association. He served on the Abstracters and Title Insurance Agents Section Executive Committee, past chairman of the title Information Committee, member of the Best Practices Task Force, member and past chairman of the Research Committee and charter member of the International Development Committee. From 2006 to 2007 he was a member of the Title Insurance Committee for the Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar. Mr. Haviland served on the Sebring City Council from 1983 to 1990. From 1990 to 2011 he served on the Sebring Airport Authority serving as its chairman for 3 terms.
In 1975 he moved to Sebring and worked for South Ridge Abstract and Title Company as its title officer. In 1979 he became vice president and in 1980 the bought the company and now serves as its president to this day.
Plant/Office Manager/Title Examiner
Closing/Assistant Escrow Officer/Branch Manager