First American Title announces changes in Central California management


February 7, 1991, SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA

Changes affecting First American Title Insurance Company's Central California management have been announced by President Parker S. Kennedy.

Kenneth R. Purcell, former Fresno County manager, has been promoted to the National Accounts Division. Purcell will be based at national headquarters in Santa Ana, Calif., servicing Los Angeles County clients whose projects cross state or county lines.

Purcell, a vice president, has been with First American since 1961. He had been Fresno County manager for 13 years, after spending five years in Colorado as the manager of the Colorado Springs office. He also has had six years of sales experience with the company. He was very active in community and civic organizations in Fresno, including the California Raisin Bowl. He was president of the Bowl in 1984, a board member for the past 10 years, and vice president of marketing and promotions for the past two years.

John F. Prenovost is the new vice president-county manager for Fresno, transferring north from Tulare County, where he has served as manager since 1985. He will also continue as regional counsel for Kern, Fresno and Kings, Madera, Mariposa and Tulare counties. Prenovost began his career with First American in 1976 at national headquarters. He received his juris doctor degree from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, CA., and is a member of the California Bar as well as three county bar associations.

Also moving north is Terry Jones, now vice president-Tulare County manager. He was formerly the subdivision title officer and plant manager for Kern County, based in Bakersfield. Jones began his title career in 1976 with First American's San Diego County office.

First American Title Insurance Company, principal subsidiary of The First American Financial Corporation, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1989. One of the largest title insurers in the nation, it offers title services through a network of more than 5,500 offices or agents in all 50 states. It also provides title services abroad in the Bahamas, Bermuda, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the United Kingdom. National headquarters of First American are located in Santa Ana, California.

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