UNITED GENERAL APPOINTS JOE DRUM EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER


November 28, 2005, DENVER

United General Title Insurance Company, a subsidiary of First American Title Insurance Company, today announced that Joe Drum has been appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer.  

In this new role, Drum will continue to work closely with United General’s national agency department and its field offices in the areas of sales, account management, cross-selling of ancillary services, personnel recruiting and agency set up of multistate, regional and national agents. He also will maintain his current positions as senior vice president for First American Title Insurance Company and enterprise manager for Mercury Companies. 

Drum, who has been in the title industry for more than 31 years, has extensive experience in operations and management. Prior to joining First American, Drum was the executive vice president in charge of strategic initiatives for another national underwriter. 

“Joe and I have worked together for a number of years,” stated Ron Maudsley, president and chief executive officer of United General. “His energy and enthusiasm have no bounds.  He is an inspiration to so many in this industry. Joe’s vision, creativity and knowledge will prove to be terrific assets to our field and agency operations in the years ahead.”

Drum is a member of the Boston and Connecticut Bar Associations, and he was admitted to the U.S. District Court in Connecticut, New York and Washington D.C.  He also is the former chairman of the board of the International Institute and Trustee of Park City Hospital, as well as past chairman of the real estate committee of the New York/Connecticut chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Association and past president of the New England Land Title Association. 

In addition to holding a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska and a juris doctorate from Quinnipiac College of Law in New Haven, Conn., Drum also completed M.I.T.’s Center for Real Estate Studies post-graduate program and is the co-author of several books on RESPA and mortgage finance.

United General Title Insurance Company is a subsidiary of First American Title Insurance Company, one of the largest title insurers in the nation. As part of the First American family, United General is able to offer many new exciting products and services and can provide coverage on the largest of commercial transactions. One of the fastest growing title insurers with a national scope, United General is dedicated to increasing the productivity and profitability of its customers. The company is qualified in 43 states and the District of Columbia, and its services are marketed through a network of carefully selected agents and direct offices. Further information on the company can be found at www.ugtic.com.
 

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