April 28, 2000, SANTA ANA, Calif.

First American Title Insurance Company, one of the nation's largest title insurers, today announced that Debbie Weatherwax, vice president of product management for SMS, the company's title and escrow software solutions subsidiary, was honored with the Settlement Services Today Lifetime Achievement Award at TitleTech 2000 in Reno, Nev.

Weatherwax, who received the award at the Gala Awards Banquet on April 4, was recognized for her dedication, achievement and continued contribution to the advancement of title technology. Weatherwax received a silver-engraved plaque presented to her by Mike Thompson, editor of Settlement Services Today magazine, sponsor of TitleTech 2000. Past honorees of the Lifetime Achievement Award include individuals who have made notable contributions in the field of title plant automation, mapping and software development.

"Debbie's been with SMS for almost 20 years, and during that time she has distinguished herself as a professional in the settlement services industry, earning the respect and admiration of both customers and colleagues alike," said Carl Bauchle, president of SMS. "As vice president of product management, Debbie has been instrumental in the success of SMS. We offer her our congratulations for being selected this year's winner of the Settlement Services Today Lifetime Achievement Award and are proud to have her as a member of the SMS team."

As vice president of product management for SMS, Weatherwax serves as the primary liaison between the development teams from SMS and customers, clients and prospects nationwide. Weatherwax, who joined SMS in 1981 as a customer support representative, has been involved with software development for the title and escrow industry for more than 18 years. Prior to her involvement in software development, Weatherwax served as a closer for a Southern California title company.

Weatherwax is involved with several industry associations, including the California Escrow Association and the American Land Title Association. As a representative of SMS, Weatherwax has attended every TitleTech exposition since its inception, both as exhibitor and informational workshop speaker.

SMS, a subsidiary of First American Title Insurance Company, is a recognized leader in providing software solutions to the national title and escrow industries. In business since 1974, SMS has a well-earned reputation for developing and delivering new technology and unique solutions, including e*Track™, online tracking and delivery system; VISION™, title and escrow software; Image-Pro™, document imaging; DMS Title Plant™; and its integrated Governor™ software, providing automated searching capabilities. Additional information on SMS products and services can be found on the Internet at

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 800 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


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