November 29, 2005, DENVER

United General Title Insurance Company, a subsidiary of First American Title Insurance Company, today announced the opening of its Rhode Island operations. Laura Wild and John A. Comery have been hired to lead the new operations with the assistance of an experienced team of title professionals that they have already assembled.

Laura Wild, a seasoned industry professional, was recently hired as vice president and Rhode Island state manager.  Prior to joining United General, she worked for another national underwriter for more than 16 years. Beginning as an account representative, she worked her way up the ranks to branch manager, assistant vice president and, finally, vice president and state manager for seven years. Wild, a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, is a member of several professional organizations, including the Rhode Island Conveyancers Association, New England Land Title Association and Rhode Island Mortgage Bankers Association.

John A. Comery was hired as state counsel for the company. He most recently served as Rhode Island state counsel for another national underwriter and was in a private practice for 15 years, predominately handling real estate conveyance and title. For 10 years, he served as founding officer and president for a high-volume conveyancing firm. In addition to his extensive experience handling underwriting and claim issues, Comery is a member of the Rhode Island Title Standards Committee, the Rhode Island and Massachusetts Bar, the Rhode Island Mortgage Bankers Association and Rhode Island Conveyancers Association. 

Comery received his bachelor’s degree in business management and accounting from the University of Rhode Island and his juris doctorate from Suffolk University School of Law in Boston. He is licensed to practice law in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Laura and John to United General,” stated Joe Drum, executive vice president and chief operating officer of United General Title Insurance Company. “They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in all areas of the business, particularly in managing, growing and developing operations and a strong customer base. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with these talented individuals and look forward to entering this new market in Rhode Island.”

United General Title Insurance Company, on an aggressive growth path, is now qualified in 43 states and the District of Columbia. Over the past month, it has received authorization to transact business in Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, Montana, Hawaii, North Dakota and South Dakota

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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