Former Frito-Lay and Centex Homes employee Stuart Bitting was recently named CFO for Texas-based David Weekley Homes.

Meritage Homes, headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., announced that CFO Larry W. Seay has been appointed executive vice president.

Walter Industries, parent company of Jim Walter Homes, selected Gregory E. Hyland as chairman of the board, president, and CEO of the company.

St. Louis region builder McBride & Son also announced some leadership changes. Come 2006, Rick Sullivan, currently both chairman of the board and CEO, will fulfill solely the role of chairman while John Eilermann will assume the responsibilities as CEO.

Melbourne, Fla.-headquartered Holiday Builders reversed its decision to terminate Richard Hawkes as president. Hawkes, who was replaced by Larry Siestma in July, is to be reinstated at once.

Irvine, Calif.-based MBK Homes promoted Michael N. Schmidt, a 14-year company veteran, to vice president of operations for Southern California.

Coming to KB Home from a communications position with the Utah Jazz, Caroline Shaw recently took over as senior vice president of communications for the builder. Shaw will manage a team of more than 20 people across 13 states.

Bill Cowart moved up to president, primary home building operations for Avatar Properties' residential developments in Florida and Arizona. Michael Manning took over as general manager for Avatar's Bellalago community in Central Florida while Bruce C. Cole also was appointed to general manager of Avatar's master planed community Poinciana, in northwest Osceola and northeast Polk Counties.

Richard Dix, Pulte's Dallas/Fort Worth division president, announced that Patrick Vedra has become vice president of field operations for Frisco Lakes by Del Webb. Kimberly Fugleber also joined the division as marketing manager for active adult.