The First American Financial Corporation announces the appointment of Frank ...


September 1, 1994, SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA

The First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF) announced today the appointment of Frank E. O'Bryan of Newport Beach to its board of directors and to the board of its principal subsidiary, First American Title Insurance Company. O'Bryan replaces Harold Kean who retired last year. The board now stands at 15 members.

O'Bryan is presently chairman of the board of directors of the Spring Mountain Group, whose subsidiaries include Spring Mountain Escrow Corporation and Pioneer Savings and Loan Association. Spring Mountain Escrow is the largest independent escrow corporation in California.

O'Bryan began working in the mortgage industry in 1955, and in 1967 was named president of Southern California Mortgage & Loan and Southern Cities Escrow. In 1979 the companies were sold to Shearson, where O'Bryan served the next six years as a top executive. In 1981 Shearson was sold to American Express. In 1985 O'Bryan resigned as vice chairman of Shearson/American Express, reacquired the Shearson escrow division and changed its name to Spring Mountain Escrow Corporation, which is now headquartered in Newport Beach, California.

A graduate of the University of Arizona, O'Bryan is a past member of the board of directors of both Damon Corporation and Grubb & Ellis. He also serves as a director on the Board of Special Trust Advisors for Director's Mortgage and Loan Corporation, the country's 13th largest mortgage originator.

The First American Financial Corporation, based in Santa Ana, California, is a leading provider of real estate-related financial services, including title insurance, tax monitoring, home warranty, credit reporting and property information services, to real property buyers and mortgage lenders. The company also operates a trust and banking business in Southern California. The company offers its title services through a network of more than 300 offices and 4,000 agents throughout the United States. It also provides title services abroad in the Bahama Islands, Bermuda, Canada, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the United Kingdom.

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