Robert Duff honored at Pacific Coast Builders Conference with 1996 Bill O'Neill Award


August 23, 1996, SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA

At the recent Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) in San Francisco, Robert W. Duff received the 1996 Bill O'Neill Award. Created in 1994 and named for a long-time contributor and supporter of PCBC, the award represents the highest honor bestowed by PCBC. It is presented annually to a member of the exhibitor community who has made significant contributions to the California building industry and PCBC.

Duff is a senior vice president with First American Title Insurance Company. He is in charge of the company's National Subdivision and Land Development Division and is extremely active in both the builder community and builder organizations. Duff's achievements and honors span both the local and national levels. His activities in many industry organizations include involvement with the California Land Title Association, the Association of Real Estate Attorneys, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Build-Pac Political Action Committee, the NAHB Membership Committee, the title insurance industry's Governmental Action Committee and California Building Industry Association's Membership Committee.

Last year, Duff was nominated to the position of NAHB director as an associate member by the board of directors of the Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIA/SC). He was also elected by the California Building Industry Association (CBIA) to the position of director as an associate member of the NAHB as the only associate from the state of California. Duff was also appointed to the NAHB Associate Advisory Council, named chairman of the NAHB Associate Membership Committee, and given responsibility as liaison to the NAHB Residential Builders Committee.

Duff is also a lifetime honorary member of the board of directors for the Building Industry Association of Orange County (BIA/OC). He currently serves as a director from industry for the BIA/SC board of directors.

The long-time title executive has authored several pamphlets covering real estate-related subjects. He is a licensed auctioneer and donates his time and talent by assisting in various charity auctions for groups such as the Special Olympics, Diabetes Association, Children's Hospital, American Cancer Society and many others. Duff and his wife Charyl live in the Upper Newport Bay area.

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 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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