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Universal Forest adds Mary Tuuk to board

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Universal Forest Products has announced that Mary Tuuk, executive VP corporate services and secretary of the board of directors of Fifth Third Bancorp, was elected to its board of directors at the Jan. 30, 2014, meeting. Tuuk’s election expands the UFPI board to 10, including eight independent directors.

Tuuk began her career at Old Kent Financial, where she served as senior VP, corporate secretary and legal counsel until Old Kent was acquired by Fifth Third in 2001. Since then, she has held numerous positions at Fifth Third Bancorp, including executive VP and chief risk officer.

As executive VP of Corporate Services, she is responsible for the legal, compliance and government affairs functions. She also has had leadership responsibility for the growth and strategic direction of major lines of business at Fifth Third Bank of Western Michigan. 

“Mary’s vast experience in banking, compliance and strategic development will be a huge asset for growing our success at Universal Forest Products, and her values and integrity reflect all that we’re looking for in a board member who will help lead us into a prosperous and vibrant future,” said board chairman William G. Currie. “We are pleased to have her expertise, perspective and counsel at the board table.”

Tuuk received her bachelor’s degrees in business and music from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., and her master’s degree in business administration and juris doctorate from Indiana University. She was named one of the “25 Women to Watch in Banking” by American Banker magazine each year since 2008.

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PulteGroup launches ‘Built to Honor’ to recognize veterans

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PulteGroup has launched Built to Honor to provide new homes to 20 wounded veterans and their families in 2014. 

Built to Honor is PulteGroup’s program for the construction and donation of mortgage-free homes to returning military personnel who have been injured during their term of service.  The program works in partnership with Operation Finally Home, a nonpartisan/nonprofit organization that identifies veteran candidates, and helps bring together builders, contractors, manufacturers and sponsors throughout the country.    

"We at PulteGroup are forever grateful for the countless sacrifices our service men, women and their families have made defending our freedom," said Richard J. Dugas Jr., PulteGroup chairman, president and CEO.  "We’ve long been in business to make lives better, and thanks to our size, expertise and trade partnerships, we can help make a difference for our nation’s veterans by simply doing what we do best … building homes."

In 2013, PulteGroup constructed nine homes under its Built to Honor program for delivery to wounded veterans and their families in its Pulte Homes and Centex branded communities in Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, South Carolina and Texas.  In 2014, the home double will more than double its effort to provide more than $6 million worth of new homes.   

"We at Operation Finally Home are humbled by the continued support and generosity of the PulteGroup," said Russell Carroll, Executive Director of Operation Finally Home.  "PulteGroup’s commitment to provide 20 wounded veterans and their families with homes in the coming year is a true testament to their strong belief in supporting America’s veterans."   

For more information about Built to Honor, visit pultegroupinc.com/builttohonor or follow Twitter: @BuiltToHonor.

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Jeff Greenberg appointed to Premier Mounts board

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Hiperwall CEO Jeff Greenberg has been appointed to the board of directors at Premier Mounts, a California-based manufacturer of wall-mounting solutions.

"We are extremely excited to bring such a savvy leader to our board," said Premier Mounts founder and CEO Len Dozier. "Jeff is an exceptional growth leader and has a proven track record of taking companies to the next level. His background as an entrepreneur, business owner and educator is a perfect fit for the direction in which Premier Mounts is headed."

Hiperwall is a high-performance video wall and distributed visualization software company based in Irvine, Calif. Beyond his role as CEO there, Greenberg is also a college professer, having taught Entrepreneurial Business for the last five years.

"Premier Mounts is well-positioned as an industry leader," said Greenberg. "This, along with a strong brand reputation, large customer base and visionary leadership make the company a strong competitor. I look forward to working with Premier Mounts and helping to continue its success and growth."

In the past, he has held management roles at various companies, including Toshiba, Compaq, Canon and Westinghouse.

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