Ernie Phillips named regional vice president of New Mexico


February 2, 1998, SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA

Ernie Phillips has been named regional vice president of New Mexico for First American Title Insurance Company, announced President Parker S. Kennedy. Phillips is also chairman of the board for First American Title Company of New Mexico, the parent company’s wholly owned subsidiary in Albuquerque.

Phillips has 40 years of title experience, having started as a document poster and runner for a Las Cruces, New Mexico, title company in 1958. He joined Arizona Title Insurance and Trust Company, a subsidiary of First American, in 1962 as a title examiner. He has since served in such positions as senior title examiner-assistant manager, vice president-Pinal County manager, vice president-title department production manager, and president and manager of the First American Coconino County subsidiary. In 1978, Phillips transferred to Albuquerque to accept the appointment to chairman of the board of First American Title Company of New Mexico, a position he currently holds. In 1979, Phillips was also named vice president-state manager for First American Title Insurance Company.

Phillips holds a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from New Mexico State University, in Las Cruces. Phillips and his wife, Malba, live in Albuquerque, and they have three grown children.

First American Title Insurance Company, principal subsidiary of The First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), traces its history to 1889. The largest title insurer in the nation, it offers 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 Australia, the Bahama Islands, Bermuda, Canada, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the United Kingdom. The company has its headquarters in Santa Ana, California.

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