First American DataTree Vice President of Data and Client Services Annette Cotton Named to HousingWire 2020 Women of Influence List

August 10, 2020, Santa Ana, Calif.

First American DataTree®, the leading national provider of property data and document images, announced today that Annette Cotton, vice president data and client services, has been named to the HousingWire 2020 Women of Influence list, honoring 100 women shaping and propelling the mortgage, real estate and fintech industries.

HousingWire’s editorial selection committee selects the Women of Influence winners based on their professional achievements within their organizations and contributions to the industry, community outreach, client impact and personal success.

Recognized as a leader with a deep understanding of data, Cotton continually spearheads new approaches to create innovative data solutions. She played a leading role in pioneering a proprietary model for data acquisition, using modern technologies to uniquely extract and validate content directly from source document images. Under her leadership, First American has become the largest provider of both property and title plant data, which represents the deepest, regionally sourced collection of public records available.

“Annette’s recognition as a 2020 HousingWire Woman of Influence is well deserved and we’re excited to see her honored,” said Robert Karraa, president, First American DataTree. “Annette consistently executes innovative customer-centric strategies to drive the market forward. Her talent, vision and team dedication are exemplary and continue to power DataTree’s market-leading position.”

Cotton serves on the First American Enterprise Innovation Council, which focuses on unlocking organizational value by advancing innovation opportunities that drive improvements in client solutions. She is a graduate of the First American Women in Leadership program and founded the Future Women in Leadership Program within her division at First American.

"The winners of our 2020 Women of Influence award are truly outstanding,” said HousingWire Editor-in-Chief Sarah Wheeler. “Their leadership, initiative and innovation have positioned their companies to thrive even in this very challenging time and have set a new standard for excellence.” 

About First American DataTree

First American DataTree LLC, is a national provider of property data and document images to mortgage and real estate-related businesses. With a repository of nearly 7 billion document images, First American DataTree delivers the data, property reports and document images that help bring clarity and insight to business decisions, and is committed to be the most trusted source for nationwide real estate data. More information about the company can be found at