Industry Movers and Shakers
Centex Construction Group (CCG) has named Richard A. Johnson president and CEO of the Southwest division. Johnson succeeds Robert C. Van Cleave, who was promoted to chairman, president, and CEO of CCG. Johnson, who has 20 years of experience in the industry, joined the company in 1983, most recently serving as senior vice president of operations.
John P. Moroney has been tapped as president of Standard Pacific Corp.'s Arizona division. Since May of 2001, Moroney served as president of Taylor Woodrow Homes in Phoenix. He had also served as president of the Phoenix division of Meritage Homes. A highly experienced home building executive, Moroney also served as president of Continental Homes of Florida, a division of D.R. Horton, from 1995 to 1999.
Greg Waite has been promoted to vice president of operations for Western Pacific Housing's San Diego division. Waite previously held the post of director of purchasing. He has held the positions of customer service representative, superintendent, purchasing manager, and for the past four years, director of purchasing.
Centex Corp. announced the election of Thomas J. Falk, chairman and CEO of Kimberly-Clark Corporation, to the company's board of directors. Falk, 44, joined Kimberly-Clark in 1983 and since that time has held a number of positions of increasing leadership and authority.
Mark Johnson was appointed as manager of architectural and design marketing at Whirlpool Corporation. We mistakenly referred to "his new position at Westinghouse." We regret the error.
Hovnanian Resorts to Random Drawing
In June, about 200 eager families gathered in New Jersey's PNC Arts Center hoping to secure a Hovnanian Enterprises home in an event that was reminiscent of Hovnanian's early days in home building.
The families were there to participate in a random drawing where winners would earn slots to purchase a new home at Hovnanian's Dunes at Shoal Harbor. It was the first time in about 20 years that demand for a community had been so high that the company used a random selection process, according to company officials.
The customers attending the event had signed up by calling Hovnanian Enterprise's toll-free number or by logging on to www.khov.com and expressing their interest in the new community. In addition, they were invited to a presentation the weekend before the event to preview the community and make deposits. The deposit reserved a slot at a drawing.
Interest in the Dunes had been intense since the community was announced. The Dunes at Shoal Harbor is a neighborhood of 123 townhomes ranging in size from about 1,500 square feet to almost 2,500 square feet. Located in Middletown, N.J., near ferry crossings and major highways, with views of Sandy Hook Bay, the units, priced in the upper $300,000s, were considered the next best thing to winning the lottery, especially with new developments becoming so much tougher to build in New Jersey.