First American Title announces the retirement of A.W. "Buz" Smith as regional ...


President Parker S. Kennedy regretfully announces the retirement of A.W. "Buz" Smith as regional vice president and county manager for First American Title Insurance Company.

"Throughout his long career with First American, Buz has done a great job wherever he was needed," said Kennedy. "His hard work has been integral to our company's success throughout Southern California."

Smith began working for First American in 1958 in its Orange County branch office's customer service department. He worked as both a searcher and an escrow officer in Orange County before moving to Santa Barbara in 1967 to become county manager, a position he also held in Riverside. In 1978, Smith returned to Orange County to become county manager as well as regional vice president, responsible for overseeing operations for the California counties of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Orange and Tulare.

Smith is a long-standing member of the Orange County Escrow Association and held the office of first vice president at one time. He is a graduate of Santa Ana Junior College and spent four years in the United States Air Force. A long time resident of Orange, California, Smith will now reside in Palm Desert, California. He is the father of two adult daughters.

First American Title Insurance Company, principal subsidiary of The First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), 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 300 offices and 4,000 agents in all 50 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. National headquarters are located in Santa Ana, California.


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