United General Title Insurance Company Hires Drum to Expand National Agency


August 10, 2005, DENVER

United General Title Insurance Company is pleased to announce the expansion of its national agency department with the hiring of Joe Drum, executive vice president/national agency manager. Drum will be developing and working 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. 

“United General’s mission has been, and will continue to be, creating strategic alliances with title agents around the United States,” states Drum. “I have admired United General’s philosophy of being ‘driven by an independent spirit’ and very much look forward to showing that spirit and delivering the company’s story to an even larger title agent base.” United General became part of First American Title Insurance Company in February 2005.

Drum has been in the industry for the past 31 years and is currently senior vice president for First American Title Insurance Company and enterprise manager for Mercury Companies. He will continue to serve in these management roles. 

“Joe is an enormous asset to our team,” states John Dwyer, president and chief executive officer of United General. “His knowledge, creativity, enthusiasm and vision will be a great resource to our growing agency base and field people.”  

Prior to joining First American, Drum was the executive vice president in charge of strategic initiatives for another national underwriter. He is co-author of the following books: “Understanding RESPA” (1992), “Understanding Reg X” (1994), and “Mortgage Finance” (1996). He also is the author of many articles on topics ranging from Native American rights, exclusionary zoning, landlord tenant laws, GSEs and the secondary mortgage market. Drum is the former chairman of the board of directors of the International Institute and trustee of Park City Hospital. He is the 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. Drum is a member of the Boston and Connecticut Bar Associations and was admitted to the U.S. District Court in Connecticut, New York and Washington D.C. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hiram College/University of Nebraska and obtained his juris doctorate from Quinnipiac College of Law in New Haven, Conn. He also completed M.I.T.’s Center for Real Estate Studies post-graduate program. Between college and law school, Drum joined the Peace Corps where he taught mathematics and English in the West Indies.  

With the added financial strength of First American, United General is able to offer many new exciting products and services to its customers. United General also has a new reinsurance treaty in place with First American that greatly increases the amount of coverage it can provide on large 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 agents and customers. The company’s services are marketed through a network of carefully selected agents and direct offices representing 36 states and the District of Columbia. Further information on the company can be found at www.ugtic.com.

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