Joseph M. Willen is president and chief executive officer of the privately-owned Melville, NY-headquartered Advantage Group, comprised of five affiliated companies – Advantage Title, Advantage Foreclosure, Advantage Legal, Advantage Settlement and Mortgage Advantage – offering comprehensive real estate and related services with an unwavering commitment to customer service.
In 1987, Willen founded the group’s flagship company, Advantage Title. In its 25th anniversary year, 2012, New York Law Journal readers acknowledged it as the Best Title Insurance Company.
In 1998, Willen had the vision to begin offering related and valued services to existing clients and to a broader marketplace. The diversification strategy would turn out to be vital for clients but also for Advantage. In 2008, when the Advantage Group banner was launched, the economy sunk. While the foreclosure business rose, the title business would eventually thrive again with the return of a growth climate. Over the years Advantage further diversified into large-scale commercial and high-end residential transactions servicing clients beyond Long Island into New York City and across the country.
In addition to foresight and experience, Willen is known for hands-on leadership, integrity and fostering a culture of impeccable service with expert talent. Recent new hires, along with loyal executives, many celebrating 20+ years with Advantage, are among the best in the business.
Today, the Advantage Group is an industry leader with five in-house counsel handling commercial, residential and national title transactions, foreclosure services, legal advertising, court services and mortgages.
Mr. Willen is an active supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, Family Service League, Gurwin Jewish Healthcare Foundation, and the UJA-Federation. He also serves on the Long Island Real Estate Group (LIREG) executive board, the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory corporate advisory board and the Viscardi Center Board of Directors. An avid golfer, boater and snowboarder, he lives in Northport, NY with his wife Kim and their three children.Return to Leadership Team