We know it’s hard to believe since Epic Settlement doesn’t look a day over 25, but the business celebrated 27 years yesterday!
When Epic Settlement's owner Lisa Peters Brown graduated from college, she began her career with a law firm as a legal assistant. With plans to leave that job and attend law school, starting her own business wasn’t something she’d considered.
“After college I worked for Farber Glantz and Johnson Law Firm,” said Lisa. “When I gave them notice I was leaving they offered me an opportunity to partner with them in a title agency.”
This was the first agency of its kind in Centre County, Pennsylvania. Lisa ran the agency with Fred Farber, Esq. and Louis Glantz, Esq. for two years. In 1994, she decided to branch out on her own and started Epic Settlement.
“There was a learning curve in the beginning,” she recalls. “I had to learn how to run a business, hire employees, file taxes, and do payroll.”
Epic Settlement was originally located in Lemont and in 1997 moved to Bellefonte. In 2004, Lisa purchased a Victorian house on High street and converted it to office space.
“That was a prominent space as part of the Bellefonte Historic District directly across from the courthouse,” she said.
Epic Settlement’s home remained in Bellefonte until 2013 when the offices relocated to State College, where it remains today. The company has seen approximately 29 employees in these 27 years, many of whom spent a long time with Epic.
“The industry of land title has morphed and changed over the years,” notes Lisa, “but the steadfast drive to close with accuracy and integrity still burns strong.”
Over these many years in business, Lisa has developed her own training program and a way to run the day-to-day operations. She credits this with being the cornerstone of who Epic Settlement is as a company.
As empowering as the process is, it can also at times be challenging as the business shifts, evolves, and grows. After years of ups and downs, successes and failures, Lisa says she learned so much along the way with humility and gratitude. She is grateful for the lessons and is now doing her best to successfully serve and assist others in this industry and in successfully running a small business.
“I'm so very proud of these 27 years of work,” she said. “To our current and past employees and colleagues, our past, current, and future clients – I am grateful and honored to serve our community.”