Christopher Gleiter of The First American Corporation Earns Certified Mortgage Banker Designation


October 5, 2006, SANTA ANA, Calif.

The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF), America’s largest provider of business information, today announced that Christopher Gleiter, a director of corporate professional services for the First American Enterprise Technology Group, the company’s enterprise-wide solutions development center, has earned the prestigious Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB) designation from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA).

Since the CMB program began in 1973, more than 800 residential and commercial mortgage banking professionals have earned the CMB designation, including Rob Walker, executive vice president for First American Real Estate Solutions. According to Douglas G. Duncan, Ph.D., senior vice president and chief economist for the MBA, the CMB designation is “the pinnacle of the professional designation in our industry.” In order to be eligible for the CMB designation, an individual must demonstrate superior knowledge, understanding and competency in real estate finance, as well as a commitment to excellence and high ethical standards.

Gleiter, an 18-year veteran in the financial services industry, joined First American in 2004. As a director of corporate professional services for the First American Enterprise Technology Group, he is responsible for managing technology relationships between First American and its largest clients. 

Prior to joining First American, Gleiter provided strategy, process and system consulting services for more than 16 years, while with the firms of Deloitte Consulting, Grant Thornton and Andersen Consulting. In addition to the CMB designation, Gleiter holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles and the Accredited Mortgage Professional designation from the MBA’s School of Mortgage Banking.

“Chris’ accomplishment illustrates his and First American’s commitment to serving our mortgage banking clients,” said Roger Hull, chief information officer for The First American Corporation. “As lenders seek innovative solutions to achieve greater profitability, First American will be there with industry recognized professionals. This designation confirms Chris’ knowledge and his ability to use integrated solution thinking across residential loan origination, underwriting, administration, financial management and strategy, marketing and investor relations, real estate law and public policy.”

The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF), a FORTUNE 500® company that traces its history to 1889, is America’s largest provider of business information. First American combines advanced analytics with its vast data resources to supply businesses and consumers with valuable information products to support the major economic events of people’s lives, such as getting a job, renting an apartment, buying a car or house, securing a mortgage and opening or buying a business. The First American Family of Companies, many of which command leading market share positions in their respective industries, operate within five primary business segments, including: Title Insurance and Services, Specialty Insurance, Mortgage Information, Property Information, and Risk Mitigation and Business Solutions. With revenues of $8.1 billion in 2005, First American has approximately 2,100 offices throughout the United States and abroad. More information about the company and an archive of its press releases can be found at www.firstam.com.

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