The Talon Group Expands Title Operations Into New York With Opening Of Syracuse Office

December 9, 2003, SANTA ANA, Calif.

The Talon Group, First American Title Insurance Company’s new title and settlement services division, today announced that it has expanded operations into New York with the opening of an office in Syracuse at 351 South Warren Street, Suite 500.

Headed by vice president and manager Ben Sander, the office is staffed with an experienced team that specializes in working with attorneys and examining counsel to facilitate providing abstracts of title and title insurance in connection with residential and commercial transactions. An industry veteran with more than 15 years of experience, Sander brings extensive management, marketing and underwriting expertise to the Talon team. Prior to joining Talon he served as manager for one of the area’s large underwriters. 

Sander is joined by vice president and director of client services Charles “Chuck” Sorbello, who will focus on marketing issues. Sorbello comes to Talon after serving as district sales manager for a major underwriter. Before entering the title industry, the Syracuse native ran his own business for eight years.

Rounding out Talon’s Syracuse team are Deborah Haffner and Sandra Burt. Haffner, an administrative assistant, also comes from one of the area’s major underwriters and brings experience in counsel administration, customer service and title production. Burt, a title assistant, comes to Talon with more than 10 years of industry experience.

Formed in February 2003, The Talon Group represents the first time a company in the title industry has intentionally established a competitive brand in order to gain market share and improve long-term profitability. Serving the nation’s top real estate markets, the division aggressively competes for market share by providing high-quality title and settlement services. Talon is currently operating in key markets such as Washington D.C., Chicago, Baltimore, Michigan, Ohio, Utah, Florida, Philadelphia, upstate New York and the state of Washington.

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 nearly 1,200 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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