PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: Tom Dunn
KB Homes has appointed Tom Dunn as the newest president of its D.C. Metro division. With 20 years of home-building experience specific to the Washington, D.C., area, Dunn will oversee the entirety of the company’s regional operations.
Previously, Dunn held leadership positions at M/I Homes and NVR Homes and was most recently owner and founder of residential property firm BMD Investments.
"Tom brings a wealth of home-building experience in the D.C. area to this role, so we are excited to have him leading the charge as we aggressively grow our business around our nation’s capital," said regional president Vince DePorre. "We have seen a meaningful increase in demand for our award-winning, energy-efficient new homes in the Washington, D.C., market over the past few years and are excited about the opportunity to deliver more of our Built to Order product to local home buyers."
KB Home is a Los Angeles-based company and is currently building its homes in six D.C. communities.
People in the news
Nancy Michael has joined the International Housewares Association (IHA) as senior manager, business development, the association announced.
"We are pleased to have Nancy join us in a full-time capacity," said Mia Rampersad, IHA VP trade show. "She brings a unique perspective to IHA, having previously worked for 10 years at TAG, one of our longtime members and show exhibitors, and then for the Merchandise Mart managing the Chicago Gift Show."
After leaving the Merchandise Mart last year, Michael worked part time with IHA’s sales staff, marketing the Discover Design category before and during the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show.
Gary Maulin has been named Western States Territory Manager at Starborn Industries, a manufacturer and international distributor of fastening products.
He is responsible for expanding sales relationships throughout the western United States and training customers and employees on the benefits and usage of the company’s fasteners.
Maulin joins Starborn Industries with nearly 30 years of experience in the building materials industry. For more than 15 years, he served as product manager with McFarland Cascade, supporting new product development.
Sandra C. Whitehouse has been appointed senior VP and chief human resources officer of Toano, Va.-based Lumber Liquidators, the nation’s largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring.
Whitehouse, who is expected to begin her new role later this month, will oversee the development and operation of the company’s human resources functions, and will report directly to CEO Robert Lynch.
Whitehouse most recently served as chief human resources officer for Earthbound Farm, where she functioned as a strategic business partner to the CEO and senior leadership team. Previously, she led the human resources department at Orchard Supply Hardware, and has also held various human resources and store operations roles at Sears Holdings over a 24-year period.
KB Homes wisens up with smart home features
In an effort to step up its commitment to energy efficiency and emerging technology, KB Home announced Tuesday that all of its new homes will be equipped with "smart" Wiser home management systems. The feature will allow homeowners to monitor their energy consumption in real time from their mobile devices or computers.
"This system is … a sign of our times," said Jeffrey Mezger, president and CEO of KB Home. "Not only do consumers want ‘smart’ phones, they want ‘smart’ homes as well."
The system allows users to view daily energy usage in both dollars and kilowatts and can be upgraded to include home automation features, such as remote door, lighting, thermostat and security.
The Wiser system is not the first step KB Homes has taken to equip its homes for the 21st century. KB Homes are all Energy Star certified and feature WaterSense fixtures, low-VOC paint, programmable thermostats and energy-conserving windows.
KB Homes is the first builder to adopt the Wiser system.
According to a 2012 report by Juniper Research, the smart home market is on pace to be valued at $60 billion by 2017, compared with $25 billion last year. The vast majority of the growth — 82% — is predicted to be driven by smart entertainment features.