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Mercedes Homes, based in Melbourne, Fla., named Ricky Beauchamp president of the newly established Carolinas division.

August 01, 2000

Mercedes Homes, based in Melbourne, Fla., named Ricky Beauchamp president of the newly established Carolinas division. Beauchamp previously worked for Torrey Homes and headed the Charlotte division, as well as owning his own company for 25 years.

John Laing Homes, headquartered in Irvine, Calif., appointed Robert Kembel president of its Colorado division. He will be responsible for strategic direction and civic relations for the division. Kembel served as chief operating officer for McStain Enterprises before joining John Laing Homes.

Coachmen Industries, a producer of recreational vehicles and modular homes, has acquired Mod-U-Kraf Homes to help expand its modular home sector. Mod-U-Kraf Homes will operate as a separate entity under Coachmen and will retain both management and employees.

Kaufman and Broad Home Corp. announced the honoring of Bruce Karatz, its chairman and CEO, by B’nai B’rith International with its Distinguished Humanitarian award. Karatz has been with the company since 1972. B’nai B’rith is the nation’s largest Jewish provider of nonsectarian senior housing.

Centex Homes, one of the nation’s largest home builders, is celebrating its 50 years of home building. Starting in Dallas in 1950 and continually growing, the company now operates in more than 75 markets in 22 states.

Richmond American Homes named Tony Occhino director of land development for current and future projects in multiple counties. Occhino, formerly the construction manager for SunCal Cos., brings 23 years of hands-on experience to the company.

Lee Wetherington Homes, a premier home builder in Sarasota, Fla., appointed William B. Hager chief operations and chief financial officer. Hager joined the company to help expand it and to offer a greater range of services to its customers. Hager brings 30 years' experience working with Sarasota developers and real estate companies.

Toll Bros., a leading builder of luxury homes, announced that Edward G. Boehne has joined its board of directors. Boehne was the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia from 1981 until May 2000. He will serve on the Audit and Special Transactions committees for Toll Bros.

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