Meet Our Team
JOANIE WATROUS - President/CEO
Joanie is the heart and soul of Freedom Escrow. Joanie founded Freedom Escrow in 1971 and she has weathered staggering highs and lows of the escrow business. As a Southern California native, she attended Cal State Fullerton University and the University of Irvine . Joanie values education and is currently a corporate sponsor for Chapman University.
Scott Watrous - Vice President
Scott Watrous joined Freedom Escrow in August of 1988, and has 20 years experience in business, finance, and real estate. Scott was born and raised in Orange County California.
Jason Watrous - Senior Escrow Officer & Manager
An Orange County native, Jason began his career at Freedom Escrow in 1997. His superior customer service has allowed him to work with the largest names in commercial and residential real estate. He is able to take the most complex transaction and simplify the process for the client including all forms of commercial/residential re-sale, loan, 1031 exchange, REO, short sale, and RELO transactions. Jason enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and four children. He currently serves on the board of directors and as corporate treasurer for the Escrow Agents Fidelity Corporation, an important oversight component of the escrow industry.
Jeff Taylor - Sales Representative
Jeff grew up in Tustin, California. After graduating from Tustin High School in 1978, he attended Orange Coast College and graduated with his Associate of Arts Degree in Horticulture. With his enthusiasm and commitment to his profession, Jeff started his own company in 1984. Mertoscapes was tremendously successful in generating annual sales.
Madison Watrous - Sales representative
Madison grew up in Silverado, California. Throughout middle school and high school she competed as a high performance tennis player which eventually earned her a scholarship to CU Boulder. After one year she transferred to UC Irvine where she finished her last 3 years of eligibility and acquired a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. After exploring a few different post-graduate possibilities, she decided she was ready and eager to join Freedom Escrow, carrying on the family name into it's third generation. Today, she still plays tennis as a member at Palisades Tennis Club and enjoys working out, going to the beach, and spending time with family.
Mike Migliore - Senior Escrow officer
Michael began his career at Freedom Escrow in 1999 and has accumulated the knowledge and technical expertise to close complex and demanding real estate escrow transactions. This includes, commercial/apartment, residential, loan, and REO/short-sales transactions. He takes pride in providing an organized escrow process that will please the most demanding buyer, seller, and real estate professional. His next-level expertise stands out among the assembly line mentality of other escrow practitioners. Michael currently resides in Huntington Beach with his wife and two children.