As senior vice president, chief accounting officer and chief financial officer of The First American Corporation, Max O. Valdes oversees the company's SEC and statutory financial reporting. Valdes joined First American in 1988 when he was named assistant controller for the company's subsidiary, First American Title Insurance Company. Five years later, he was promoted to vice president-controller, then to vice president-chief financial officer for First American Title in 1998. In 2001, he transitioned to the parent company when he was named vice president and chief accounting officer for The First American Corporation. He was promoted to senior vice president in 2006. A Certified Public Accountant, Valdes is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of CPAs. Valdes, a native of Havana, Cuba, received his bachelor's degree in business administration from California State University, Fullerton, with an accounting concentration.