Gary A. Wangberg Named RVP-California Agencies


January 26, 2000, SANTA ANA, Calif.

First American Title Insurance Company, one of the nation's largest title insurers, today announced that Gary A. Wangberg has been named regional vice president-California agencies, succeeding his brother Don R. Wangberg, who has retired after 44 years in the title industry, the last 37 of which were spent with First American.

Gary, a 38-year veteran of the title industry, started with First American Title Company of Sonoma County, Calif., in 1972. Two years later, he was promoted to vice president for First American's Los Angeles office, where he remained for eight years until transferring to the company's Salinas office. In 1985, Gary was named manager for the company's San Francisco operations, a position he held until being named vice president-county manager of Santa Cruz and Monterey, his most recent position.

Born in Nebraska, Gary resides in Salinas, Calif., with his wife, Mary Lou. The couple has a grown daughter.

Don started with First American in 1962 and was named president of First American Title Company of Sacramento in 1967, a position he held for four years. In 1969, Don was appointed to the additional position of regional vice president for the parent company's Northern California operations, a position he held until being promoted to oversee First American's California agency operations.

Don attended California State University, Fresno and has taught as a guest lecturer on legal descriptions and land titles for the University of California's extension school. He also served as past-president for the California Land Title Association, for which he also served on the board of governors. Don currently serves as chairman of the board for the company's subsidiary, First Security Thrift. He is also a member and past-president of the Rotary Club of Carmichael, Calif., and has served on the boards of several civic and charitable organizations in addition to his current involvement on the boards of directors of four corporations.

Don, a longtime resident of California, was born in Yakima, Wash. He and his wife, Bonnie, live in Fair Oaks, Calif. The couple has three children, nine grandchildren and two great-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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