After serving as interim president and executive vice president of operations for Jim Walter Homes, Charles Cauthen has officially been named president of the home builder.

Eric Snider, Ph.D., will serve as Shea Homes' inaugural national vice president of sales and marketing. Prior to joining the company in 1999, Snider was vice president of marketing for Pulte Homes' active adult division.

A 28-year veteran with McBride & Son Enterprises, Ted Dettmer will take over as president of the company's largest division: McBride & Sons Homes. Dettmer also will remain president of the company's Vantage Homes division.

At K. Hovnanian, A. Hugo DeCesaris was recently promoted to the position of Maryland region president.

Following 11 years at Ponderosa Homes, Cindy Douglas has joined San Ramon, Calif.-based Lafferty Homes as vice president of sales and marketing.

With aggressive development a priority, Pacific Scene Homes has chosen Bruce Meyer to lead the company's newly formed Riverside division as vice president and division manager.

In Pulte Homes news, the company's Orange County/South Riverside division has announced some talent changes. The home builder appointed former Olson Co. employee Lisa Pereira to director of marketing for the division and promoted Michael Lucariello to area construction manager.

Novi, Mich.-based Crosswinds National, a subsidiary of Crosswinds Communities, announced that Jon Schwartz will become the real estate development firm's new vice president of finance while Richard Walkowski will take over as the vice president of strategic marketing and research.