Cott Systems, an innovator in public records management for more than 130 years, Cott is today’s technology leader for recording, imaging, and searching land and court records with over 400 active systems across 21 states. With our industry-leading research and development process that includes significant customer involvement, Cott is driving new technologies and services for local governments by employing real-time information and workflow automation, data management and migration, professional services, Cloud Computing, and SaaS solutions.

Our proven experience and knowledge continues to expand our innovative systems for recording, imaging and searching records. Cott not only builds effective solutions that save local government offices time and money, but we also make partnerships that our customers and their constituents can count on. We partner with our customers to ensure their experiences with our company and software solutions are of the highest value.

Cott has been a member of IACREOT (now known as iGO) since its inception 46 years ago. We remain actively involved in many regional and national organizations across the US, including PRIA and iGO. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Cott is a privately held corporation and is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).



We continuously push research and development forward with one objective - helping our customers advance to the next level of efficiency, service, and data integrity.


Our people care about this business and our customers’ success. They are driven to help our customers solve issues and implement programs that support their operations.


Our focus on the officials responsible for records management in local government is possible because our dedicated team has a wealth of experience and knowledge.



Deborah Ball
Chief Executive Officer & Owner

Deborah graduated from Hollins College, Virginia with a bachelor's degree in 1980. Her Master's in Business Administration (MBA) degree came from the University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business with a focus on Marketing.  In 1992, Deborah also received her Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. Prior to joining her family’s business, Deborah spent 15 years working in the areas of strategic marketing and strategic corporate planning in the banking, insurance, and investment industries.

Karen (Ball) Bailey
Treasurer & Owner

Karen graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS degree in 1985. She joined Cott Systems as part of the Administration Division. In 1987 she was promoted to Office Manager of that division. After returning to school to study finance, Karen began managing the Company's assets. She was elected the company's Treasurer in 1989. Today, Karen continues to oversee the company's assets as well as participate in the management of the Purchasing, Billing, and Accounting Departments.

Drew Sheppard
Chief Operating Officer
Drew brings a wealth of knowledge to Cott with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, leading teams in many disciplines including operations, implementation, product and program management, software development, IT infrastructure, and customer support. Drew received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and his Master of Science in Engineering, Management of Technology, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Drew is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Lisa Buonamici
Chief Financial Officer

Lisa brings to Cott many years of finance and accounting experience in both the public and private sectors, including ten years as a public accountant providing services to various industries. Lisa obtained a BS in marketing from Ohio State University and completed the accounting curriculum at Youngstown State University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and an active member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

John Miller
Vice President of Sales and Marketing 

John Miller has 25 years of sales experience with 15 years in managerial positions.  Prior to joining Cott, John worked 7 years in SaaS technology sales and leadership roles with Check Point Software and Aspen Technology.  John’s career also includes 16 years at IBM/Lenovo where he served both as an individual contributor and in leadership and management roles.  He is trained in multiple sales and management methodologies which he has used to build and manage high-performing sales teams.

Tonie Dotson-DeLoach
Chief Human Resources Officer

Tonie joined Cott Systems in 1984 and throughout her career has worked in many different areas of the company including Professional Services and Finance. In 1996, Tonie transitioned into Human Resources and began managing HR in 2002. Tonie is a member of the Human Resource Association of Central Ohio, the Columbus Compensation Association, the Society of Human Resource Professionals, and is certified as a Senior Human Resources Professional.


At Cott, we have a Community Service Team that is dedicated to providing our team members with opportunities to give back to their community. Our people strive to make a difference in the lives of our customers and our community. As a team, we have raised thousands of dollars for local charities and donated over 300 pints of blood to the American Red Cross. Some of the charities we have contributed to are: