United General Title Insurance Company Hires Drum to Expand National Agency

    DENVER, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 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.
      Contact: Dawn Nagle (303) 292-4848 / (800) 999-3470
               VP/ Corporate Communications Director

SOURCE United General Title Insurance Company

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