Douglas E. Otmar named vice president-county manager for First American Title


January 11, 2000, SANTA ANA, Calif.

First American Title Insurance Company, one of the nation's largest title insurers, today announced that it has named Douglas E. Otmar to the position of vice president-Monterey County manager for the company's Monterey County, Calif., operations. In his new capacity, Otmar manages all personnel and operational issues for the Salinas, Monterey and Carmel offices.

Otmar, who has 19 years of title industry experience, started with First American as a title searcher with the Salinas, Calif., office in 1980. A year later, he was promoted to escrow assistant for both the Carmel and Monterey, Calif., offices, where he became escrow officer in 1984. Otmar was named branch manager of the Monterey, Calif., office in 1994 and of the Salinas, Calif., office in 1997, his most recent position.

Otmar holds a bachelor of science degree in business and public administration from California State University, Fresno. He serves on the board of directors for the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Monterey Pacheco Club.

Born in Palmer, Alaska, Otmar is a longtime resident of California. He and his wife, Debbie, live in the city of Salinas with their daughter, Amanda, and their son, Christopher. 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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