First American Bolsters Commercial Division

July 20, 2010

First American Title Insurance Co. announced that Kevin Twellman and Nick Verde have joined the company’s National Commercial Services Division in St. Louis as part of the business development team.

As escrow and title officer, Twellman’s responsibilities will include closing complex local and national transactions, facilitating multi-site and multi-state projects, and providing expertise on tax credit transactions and construction loans. He comes to First American following more than 13 years with another large national title underwriter where he served as assistant vice president and manager of construction disbursing services from 1997 to 2003, and as vice president and manager of commercial services for the last six years. During his tenure there, Twellman was responsible for underwriting and closing such projects as Busch Stadium, the Old Post Office and the new headquarters for the Centene Corp.

Verde, who has been named national account manager, will oversee the division’s existing client relationships, as well as develop local and national commercial real estate business with new clients located in Missouri. His prior experience includes serving as general counsel at CreveCor Mortgage, Inc. from 2002 to 2006 and at an area title agency from 1997 to 2002. Prior to that, Verde served as associate counsel and manager in the downtown St. Louis office of a large national title insurance underwriter for five years.

A native of Missouri, Verde holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., and a juris doctor from St. Louis University.