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First American going direct in Colorado

Move follows rival's purchase of title agencies

First American Title Insurance Co. is establishing direct title operations in Colorado, one month after four title agencies that First American had exclusive underwriting agreements with were bought by rival Fidelity National Financial Inc. First American's regional vice president for Nevada, Lynn Donner, will relocate to Colorado and oversee all of the company's operations in the state, First American said Tuesday. Donner joined First American as a file clerk in 1979, and her past experience includes stints as a commercial escrow officer, escrow branch manager and escrow supervisor. "We are excited about moving into the Colorado market with our direct operations," said Dennis J. Gilmore, chief operating officer for First American Corp., in a statement. "This move will present tremendous opportunities for First American, and Lynn is the perfect person to lead this effort." First American suffered a setback in Colorado on Aug. 5 when Fidelity sealed a de...