First American Names Vernon L. Chastain vice president-national sales/marketing ...


September 3, 1999, SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA

First American Title Insurance Company, one of the nation's largest title insurers, announced today that Vernon "Vern" L. Chastain has been named vice president-national sales/marketing manager for the company's Lenders Advantage division. Working out of the division office in Santa Ana, Calif., Chastain is responsible for coordinating national conventions, advertising, national customer relations and building a new national sales team.

Chastain, who has 29 years of real estate and title industry experience, started with the Oakland, Calif., office of First American Title Guaranty Company as vice president-commercial sales in 1990. Three years later, he transferred to the company's Lenders Advantage division office in Santa Ana, Calif., to accept his most recent position of national default sales manager. Prior to joining First American, Chastain served in various sales and management positions with real estate and title firms in Modesto and Redwood City, Calif.

Chastain is a current member of a number of professional organizations, including the California Trustee Association, California Mortgage Bankers Association, Mortgage Bankers Association, United States Foreclosure Network and the American Management Association.

Chastain attended both Modesto College, in Modesto, Calif., where he studied real estate, and California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, Calif. A native of California, Chastain lives in Coto de Caza with his wife, Kathy. The couple has two grown daughters.

First American Title Insurance Company, the largest subsidiary of The First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), traces its history to 1889. One of the largest title insurers in the nation, the company offers title services through more than 500 offices and an extensive network of agents throughout the United States and abroad. The company has its headquarters in Santa Ana, Calif. Information about The First American Financial Corporation's subsidiaries and an archive of its press releases can be found on the Internet at www.firstam.com.

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