Robert W. Duff receives award of appreciation from Build-Pac and the NAHB


February 3, 2000, SANTA ANA, Calif.

First American Title Insurance Company, one of the nation's largest title insurers, announced today that Robert W. Duff, senior vice president-national subdivision development, recently was presented with the 1999-2000 Award of Appreciation by Build-Pac, the national political action committee of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

The award, which was presented to Duff on Jan. 16, 2000, at the NAHB's Associate Members Standing Committee Awards Breakfast in Dallas, recognizes Duff's dedication to the NAHB and Build-Pac through his many accomplishments and fundraising efforts both locally and nationally.

Duff, who is in charge of both national subdivision and the land development division for First American out of the company's Santa Ana, Calif., corporate office, was also recently appointed to the NAHB's Associate Members Committee on Dec. 21, 1999, by Bruce C. Smith, vice president and treasurer for the NAHB. In addition, Duff was also appointed to the organization's Associate Standing Committee for 2000-2001. His involvement with real estate industry organizations includes the California Land Title Association, the Association of Real Estate Attorneys, the Build-Pac Political Action Committee, the NAHB Membership Committee and the California Building Industry Association's Membership Committee. Duff was also a member of the NAHB Associate Advisory Council, named chairman of the NAHB Associate Membership Committee and given responsibility as a liaison to the NAHB Residential Builders Committee.

Duff was the recipient of the 1996 Associate of the Year award and was named the first nonbuilder from California, and the fifth NAHB associate member, to achieve Life Director status in the NAHB.

Duff also holds the 1996 Bill O'Neill award from the Pacific Coast Builders' Conference (PCBC). The award, which represents the highest honor bestowed by the PCBC, is presented to a member of the exhibitor community who has made significant contributions to the California building industry and the PCBC.

Duff is an honorary, lifetime member of the board of directors for the Building Industry Association of Orange County. He currently serves as a director from industry for the Building Industry Association of Southern California.

A longtime title executive, Duff has authored several booklets covering real estate-related subjects. He is a licensed auctioneer and donates his time and talent by assisting in various charity auctions for groups such as the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, Children's Hospital of Orange County, Special Olympics, and others. Duff and his wife, Charyl, live in the Upper Newport Bay area of Orange County, Calif.

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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