April 25, 2001, MINNEAPOLIS

Vendor Management Services, Inc. (VMS) today announced that Thomas Huffman has been named chief information officer. VMS is a wholly owned subsidiary of The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF).

Huffman, who joined First American in 1997 as chief information officer for the company’s appraisal group, brings more than 14 years of systems consulting and project management experience to his new position. He has worked with such companies as Nike, ESCO and Washington Natural Gas, and has managed large-scale custom development efforts and enterprise networks for the Air Force and U.S. Bank. A founder of two consulting companies, he also has successfully developed and marketed process improvement software.

In addition to recognition in numerous trade magazines, Huffman was inducted into the Smithsonian Institute in 1999 and received the 1999 Sybase Outstanding Achievement award for his technology innovations. 

Huffman earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He resides in Carlsbad, Calif., with his young son.

Vendor Management Services, Inc. (VMS) provides national mortgage lenders with a complete menu of solutions designed to reduce the cost of their operations, enhance the performance of their vendors and create new sources of revenue that add to the lenders’ net earnings. Information on VMS’ Bottom Line Solutions, which includes technology, workflow management, vendor management and new revenue generation, can be found on the company’s Web site at

The First American Corporation, based in Santa Ana, Calif., is the nation’s leading, diversified provider of business information and related products and services. The corporation’s three primary business segments include: title information and services; real estate information and services, which includes mortgage information services and database information and services; and consumer information and services, which provides automotive, subprime and direct-to-consumer credit reporting; resident screening; pre-employment screening; property and automotive insurance tracking services; property and casualty insurance; home warranties, investment advisory; and trust and banking services. Information about the company and an archive of its press releases can be found on the Internet at


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