Mello Elected Vice President of NHSCA

Lorna Mello, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Old Republic Home Protection Elected Vice President of National Home Service Contract Association

Bigfork, MT  June, 2017 – Lorna Mello, a highly experienced veteran and leader in home service contract sales and marketing was elected Vice President of the National Home Service Contract Association (NHSCA) at its national meeting this past month in Montana.

Mello is Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Old Republic Home Protection Company, based in San Ramon, California. She succeeds Alma Jeppson, CEO of Utah- based, Landmark Home Warranty, who stepped down after Landmark was sold to American Home Shield of Memphis, Tennessee.

“Lorna has been a national leader within the NHSCA for over a dozen years and is President of the Texas Home Service Contract Association. It is hard to think of anyone more capable and knowledgeable,” commented Art Chartrand, Executive Director and Counsel to the Kansas City-based trade group.

“The home service contract business faces unprecedented demand and growth in the next few years. Supported by the internet, consumers now have unlimited access to compare products, coverage, and price, at their convenience.  As a result, it is imperative that the NHSCA help provide protections for our industry’s consumers, ensuring they are served by reputable providers” said Mello. “Working through the NHSCA and closely with state regulators, we will meet that challenge. Consumers need to feel confident that when they purchase a home service contract the company can be trusted to deliver on their commitment.  Always be sure the home service contract provider is a registered member of the NHSCA.  Be sure to look for the NHSCA logo on their brochure, or visit for a list of member companies.” Mello advises.

The NHSCA also welcomed Michigan- based America’s Preferred Home Warranty to its ranks of the nation’s premier and trusted home warranty companies.

“Today, people fall into three categories when it comes to protecting the condition of their home. Those that want to but no longer can; those that can but don’t want to or have time to; and those that simply have no idea how,” is the practical fact noted by Mike Bartosch of Denver- based 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty and NHSCA President. “Every homeowner needs an insurance plan to protect from fortuitous events like fire, theft, windstorm and hail. They also need a home service contract to help economically maintain the comfort and value of their home from normal wear and use.  I am very happy to see Lorna Mello join the Executive branch of the NHSCA to spread this message to consumers.”

NHSCA members are the nation’s leading providers of consumer contracts to service, repair, or replace household systems and appliances that fail due to normal wear and use. The NHSCA works to improve the public’s understanding of the value and benefits of home warranties (service contracts), and encourages sound and ethical business practices and standards. In 2016, over four million service contracts were sold by NHSCA members, with well over one billion dollars paid at wholesale cost representing hundreds of millions more in consumer benefits and savings.

About the NHSCA

The National Home Service Contract Association (NHSCA) is a non-profit 501(c)(6) industry trade organization of member companies serving home service contract providers and consumer interests throughout the United States. For more great industry and consumer information, visit




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