Charles J. O'Rourke named regional V.P.-Oregon and Alaska


December 23, 1999, SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA

First American Title Insurance Company, one of the nation's largest title insurers, today announced that it has named Charles "Chuck" J. O'Rourke to the position of regional vice president for Oregon and Alaska, overseeing all title, escrow and agency operations for those states. O'Rourke also serves as president of the company's Oregon subsidiary out of the Portland office.

O'Rourke, who has 27 years of real estate experience, started with First American's Portland, Ore., office in 1975 as sales manager. Ten years later he was promoted to county manager of the Vancouver, Wash., office. In 1993, O'Rourke returned to the Portland office as senior vice president-state sales manager, a position he held for two years until being named to his current position of president of First American Title Company of Oregon and state manager. Prior to joining First American, O'Rourke sold real estate in Portland as well as owned and operated a real estate school.

O'Rourke holds a bachelor of science degree in economics from Portland State University. He is actively involved with several professional and civic organizations in Portland, Ore., including the Children's Museum, for which he serves as a member of the Capital Committee. In addition, he is on the boards of directors for the Oregon State Home Builders Association, the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and Crossroads Alternative School.

A native of Oregon, O'Rourke lives in the city of West Linn with his wife, Julie. The couple has three grown children and three grandchildren.

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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