July 14, 2000, SANTA ANA, Calif.

First American Title Insurance Company, one of the nation's largest title insurers, today announced that Joseph S. Tavarez Jr. has been named senior vice president of national subdivision. In his new role with First American, Tavarez will assist in the development of new homebuilding relationships while maintaining and leveraging existing relationships to expand business. He will also advise in the development of new products and work to strengthen First American's position as the low-cost provider of premium services.

"Joe is a well-known and well-respected industry veteran," said Gary L. Kermott, president of First American Title Insurance Company, "and his determination and enthusiasm will be a tremendous asset to First American."

Tavarez began his career in the real estate industry with Spring Mountain Escrow Company in Newport Beach, Calif., in 1988, where he served as president until June 1996, when he joined WMC Mortgage Company in Woodland Hills as senior vice president. Tavarez remained at WMC Mortgage for two years where he was responsible for developing customer relationships and overseeing a national sales force. From June 1998 until joining First American, Tavarez served as senior vice president of builder services and major accounts for another Southern California-based title insurance company.

A graduate of the University of Southern California, Tavarez received his bachelor's degree in business administration before attending the University of San Francisco School of Law. He is active in the Building Industry Association and the USC Cardinal and Gold Alumni Association. He has also served on the board of the Fran Joswick Therapeutic Riding Center, an equestrian center for advancing the development of physically and mentally disabled children; and the Inner City Law Center, which provides legal services for disadvantaged inner-city residents. Tavarez resides in San Juan Capistrano with his wife, Susie, and their three sons.

First American Title Insurance Company, the largest subsidiary of The First American 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 Corporation's subsidiaries and an archive of its press releases can be found on the Internet at


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