John Thoma named Alaska state manager for First American Title

March 17, 2000, SANTA ANA, Calif.

First American Title Insurance Company, one of the nation's largest title insurers, today announced that it has named John Thoma state manager of Alaska. Thoma also serves as Northwest regional controller for the company as well as chief financial officer of the company's Oregon subsidiary. Thoma's responsibilities include overseeing agency operations throughout Alaska and serving as liaison between First American's agents and the company. In addition, Thoma is responsible for overseeing accounting and finance functions for Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.

Thoma joined First American as Northwest regional controller in 1996 and was named to the additional position of chief financial officer for the company's Oregon subsidiary in 1997. Prior to joining First American, Thoma served as senior manager for Price Waterhouse LLC in Portland, Ore.

Thoma holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Oregon in Eugene. He is currently involved with such Portland-area organizations as the Portland Chamber of Commerce, where he is a member of the Top Ten Growth Awards Committee; the Financial Executives Institute, where he serves as Career Services Chairman; Phi Gamma Delta Graduate Corporation, where he serves as treasurer; and the City Club of Portland. Born in Eau Claire, Wis., Thoma currently lives in Portland, Ore., with his wife, Christine, their daughter, Mary, and their son, Harrison.

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


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