Sue Bosch, seventh from right, was honored in 2018 at the Humboldt Association of Realtors dinner as the Affiliate of the Year. Bosch is pictured here with her staff. (Courtesy of Tiffany Nielsen)
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Sue Bosch retired recently after working 63 years for the same company. She started at Humboldt Land Title in 1956 and retired from there in September.

Bosch was just a teen when she began her career with Humboldt Land Title. She graduated from Arcata High School on June 14, 1956, and went to the Allyn Placement Agency to look for a job four days later.

“They sent me to Humboldt Title to answer a job offer they had as secretary to the president of the company, Maynard Arnot,” Bosch recalled in an email interview with the Times-Standard. “I went directly to Humboldt Title and applied for the job that morning. Mr. Arnot dictated a letter to me and sat watching me as I typed it. His secretary had left the Friday before, so he hired me on the spot and my employment at Humboldt Title started on June 18, 1956, at 17 years of age.”

At that time, her career goal was to be “an excellent secretary,” so she had taken a bevy of business courses in high school — shorthand, typing, letter writing, business machines, etc.

“I had excellent teachers and was able to excel in all classes,” Bosch said. “I was very fortunate to have been employed by Maynard Arnot, who was also an excellent teacher.”

Arnot had started Humboldt Land Title in 1946-47, she said, with an office in the Vance Hotel in Eureka. Later, the company moved to the corner of Second and G streets.

“I worked (there) for a few weeks,” Bosch said. “They were in the process of building a new office at 611 I St., and I moved with them and worked at that office until we relocated to 1034 Sixth St. on Oct. 1, 2010.”

Initially, Humboldt Land Title had only one office in Eureka, but over the years branched out to McKinleyville and then Fortuna. The company briefly had an office in Del Norte County as well.

In 1984, Bosch was promoted to vice president and manager by Jim Arnot, president of the company at that time. She was an escrow officer for several years prior to that.

“In 1997, Jim Arnot met with an untimely accident, and upon his death, Sharon Arnot, his widow, became the owner of the company and shortly thereafter named me president of the company,” Bosch said. “In 1999, the employees successfully purchased the company from Sharon and we became an employee-owned company under an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). I continued as president/CEO of the company, which included all branches, until August 2018, at which time we entered into an agreement with Fidelity National Title Insurance Group to transfer all of our assets to them and dissolve our ESOP and I became vice president for Humboldt Land Title, a division of Fidelity National Title of California.”

Bosch decided to retire just before her 81st birthday so she could spend more time with her husband and “biggest support,” Bob.

“We enjoy our home and don’t expect to travel except to visit our three daughters, Lisa Green and husband Joe, Lori Bosch and Karin Bosch, who also have been my support even through their growing up years as they were all born when their mother was working at Humboldt Title,” she said.

A few months into her retirement, Bosch looks back fondly on her 63-year career with the company.

“It was not ‘just a job,’ but was a career I enjoyed very much — the challenges, the people I worked with and for,” she said. “I enjoyed every aspect of it and enjoyed meeting our customers and assisting them.”

Colleagues and customers alike spoke highly of Bosch as well.

Mock Wahlund, broker/owner of Coldwell Banker Cutten Realty, first met Bosch in 1971 when he first entered the real estate business.

“She became a very big asset to the real estate community as well as lenders and anybody affiliated with the real estate industry,” he said. “She’s a great problem solver … a woman of great integrity, very professional.”

Tiffany Nielsen, who worked in marketing for Humboldt Land Title for several years, said: “Sue Bosch is the perfect example of the American Dream. She started at Humboldt Land Title Company young and green as a secretary. … Her dedication and commitment provided a path to success — she absorbed the knowledge from her predecessors and became a leader in the title industry.”

Roxanne Bennett, escrow administrator at Humboldt Land Title, said Bosch is a well-respected member of the title and escrow community.

“As a boss, Sue led by example,” Bennett said. “She always had time for employees, treating them like family. Sue worked long hours, putting her customers’ needs first. She always remained calm despite the pressure and constant deadlines. Under Sue’s leadership, Humboldt Land Title Company grew and prospered.”

 

 

 

 

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