K. Hovnanian Homes has made some personnel moves in the Southern California region. The company promoted Stephen Herrera to homeowner service manager in Corona and Fontana. Using his 16 years of management in customer service experience, Herrera will supervise a seven-member team that provides homeowner orientations, warranty service, and evaluations of workmanship quality. Denise Williams will take on new responsibilities as land planning and entitlement project manager for the region. With more than 16 developments under construction and 11 on the drawing board, Williams will be busy ensuring the approval and permits processes proceed smoothly.

Calif.-based niche builder Granite Homes announced that Delanie Sullivan has joined the corporate ranks as director of quality control. Sullivan will oversee construction quality and safety procedures and training. She also will be responsible for completing site inspections to guarantee safety and quality compliance for each of its neighborhoods.

Leaving their backgrounds as divisional vice presidents of finance, both David Sprouse and Julie Draguns will take on new challenges as division presidents for Richmond American Homes. Sprouse, who has been with the company for three years, will lead the Houston division while Draguns will take her 11 years of experience in the home building industry to Denver.

An 18-year veteran in the mortgage-banking industry, Kevin Gillespie was recently named executive vice president at CTX Mortgage Co., a subsidiary of Centex Corp. In this newly created role, he will support Centex Homes through the oversight of all CTX Mortgage branch operations.

The board of directors for The Ryland Group approved a three-year extension for employment of the company's chairman, president, and CEO, R. Chad Dreier. Dreier's term will now terminate Dec. 30, 2010.