Tim Rush of First American SMS Earns Certified Mortgage Technologist Designation

—Becomes Second Employee from First American to Earn CMT—


March 28, 2006, ORANGE, Calif.

First American SMS, a premier technology and service provider to the real estate industry, announced today that Tim Rush, who has overseen the sales and business development for the company’s Software Solutions Group since March 2004, was awarded the Certified Mortgage Technologist (CMT) designation by CampusMBA, the educational arm of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). 

According to the MBA, in order to be eligible for the CMT designation, the highest professional designation for mortgage banking technologists, candidates must meet several requirements, including complete a minimum of two years of industry experience, possess a technology background and be in a technology leadership position within the residential or commercial real estate finance industry. The potential candidates must also submit a thesis on a specific initiative, implementation or conversion in which they actively participated and pass a two-part oral presentation and exam conducted by a panel of industry experts. 

“The rigorous certification process demonstrates Tim’s professional dedication to the mortgage industry,” said John Breault, director of First American SMS’s Software Solutions Group. “It brings our clients an additional level of confidence that our group is being managed by mortgage technologists who understand our customers’ needs.”

Since the CMT program began in 2004, 38 mortgage banking professionals in the United States have received the designation, including Rob Walker, executive vice president for First American Real Estate Solutions, who received the honor in October 2005. 

About First American SMS’s Software Solutions Group

The Software Solutions Group is in the business of helping companies—from small businesses to Fortune 500® companies—meet business challenges with improved processes and new approaches to business workflow. The group provides technology services related to custom solution design and development, resale product development utilizing our exclusive frameworks, application integration, technology consulting and project rescue. The Software Solutions Group is a division of First American SMS, formerly known as SMS Settlement Services, Inc. Serving the industry since 1974,  First American SMS is a leading provider of technology and services to the real estate industry, offering integrated title and escrow software solutions and services, trust accounting services and natural hazard disclosure reporting.  More information about First American SMS can be found at www.smscorp.com.  For additional information about the Software Solutions Group, visit the group’s Web site at www.ssg.firstam.com.

About The First American Corporation

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—a new segment that the company formed in 2005 by combining its Credit Information and Screening Information segments. 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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