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Board of Directors

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Board of Directors | Officers and Corporate Management
Stephen P. Zelnak, Jr.
Non-Executive Chairman

Mr. Zelnak has served as a director of the Company since February 2003 and as our Non-Executive Chairman of the Board since February 2015. He is currently a director of Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., a producer of aggregates for the construction industry where he has also served as Chief Executive Officer from 1993 through 2009 and Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1997 through May 2014. Mr. Zelnak joined Martin Marietta Corporation in 1981 where he served as the President of Martin Marietta’s Materials Group and of Martin Marietta’s Aggregates Division. Mr. Zelnak also serves as Chairman and majority owner of ZP Enterprises, LLC, a private investment firm. Mr. Zelnak received a Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and Masters degrees in Administrative Science and Business Administration from the University of Alabama System. He has served as Chairman of the North Carolina Chamber and is the past Chairman of the North Carolina Community College Foundation. He serves on the Advisory Board of the College of Management at North Carolina State University and is a Trustee Emeritus of the Georgia Tech Foundation.

Mr. Zelnak brings over 30 years’ experience as a senior executive in the building materials industry, as well as an educational background that includes business administration, organizational behavior and finance. In addition, his prior experience as the chief executive officer of a publicly-traded company is especially beneficial in his role as a member of the Audit Committee and the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee. The Board of Directors believes his vast knowledge of the building industry and mentorship skills will be tremendous assets to the Board and the executive management team in his role as Non-Executive Chairman.

Brian C. Beazer
Chairman Emeritus

Mr. Beazer is our Chairman Emeritus and has served as a director of the Company since our IPO in 1994. Mr. Beazer served as our Non-Executive Chairman of the Board from 1994 until February 2015. From 1968 to 1983, Mr. Beazer was Chief Executive Officer of Beazer PLC, a United Kingdom company, and then was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of that company from 1983 to the date of its acquisition by Hanson PLC in 1991. During that time, Beazer PLC expanded its activities internationally to include homebuilding, quarrying, contracting and real estate and generated annual revenue of approximately $3.4 billion. Mr. Beazer was educated at the Cathedral School, Wells, Somerset, England. He is a director of Beazer Japan, Ltd. and Seal Mint, Ltd. and is a private investor.

Mr. Beazer has been in the homebuilding and construction industry worldwide for over 50 years. His experience and vision have been driving forces at the Company since prior to its IPO. His extraordinary experience and stature as a highly respected international businessman provide the Company with unique insight into national and international economic policy that impact the homebuilding industry, as well as an in-depth understanding of the domestic homebuilding industry. We believe we will continue to benefit from his knowledge and experience in his role as Chairman Emeritus.

Elizabeth S.  Acton
Retired Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Comerica, Inc.

Ms. Acton has served as a director of the Company since May 2012. Prior to her retirement in April 2012, Ms. Acton was Executive Vice President Finance (from 2011 to 2012) and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from (2002 to 2011) of Comerica Incorporated, a financial services company. Prior to joining Comerica, Ms. Acton held a variety of positions at Ford Motor Company from 1983 to 2002, including Vice President and Treasurer from 2000 to 2002 and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ford Motor Credit Company from 1998 to 2000. She is an Independent Trustee of the Fidelity Fixed Income and Asset Allocation Funds. Ms. Acton received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Indiana University.

Ms. Acton has over 35 years of financial management expertise as well as significant experience as a finance executive for two public companies. We believe Ms. Acton’s finance and accounting expertise is valuable to the Company in many respects, including as Chair of our Finance Committee, as well as compliance with our obligations under various regulatory requirements for financial expertise on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee.

Laurent  Alpert
Partner, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton

Mr. Alpert has served as a director of the Company since February 2002. Mr. Alpert is a partner in the international law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. He joined Cleary, Gottlieb in 1972 and became a partner in 1980. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a law degree from Harvard Law School. Mr. Alpert is also an Overseer of the International Rescue Committee, a non-profit organization providing relief and resettlement services to refugees.

Mr. Alpert brings to our Board of Directors over 40 years of experience practicing law with one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms and over 13 years’ experience on our Board of Directors. He has substantial experience representing companies in a broad range of industries. In light of the regulatory environment in which the Company operates and the continued emphasis on corporate governance, ethics and compliance for public companies, Mr. Alpert’s experience, training and judgment are deemed to be of significant benefit to the Company.

Peter  G.  Leemputte
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Mead Johnson Nutrition Company

Mr. Leemputte has been a director of the Company since August 2005. Mr. Leemputte joined Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., a leader in specialty coffee, coffee makers, teas and other beverages, in June 2015 and has served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since August 2015. Prior to that, from September 2008 to March 2015, Mr. Leemputte worked at Mead Johnson Nutrition Company, a global leader in infant and children’s nutrition, where he served most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Previously, Mr. Leemputte was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Brunswick Corporation. He joined Brunswick in 2001 as Vice President and Controller. Prior to joining Brunswick Corporation, Mr. Leemputte held various management positions at Chicago Title Corporation, Mercer Management Consulting, Armco Inc., FMC Corporation and BP. Mr. Leemputte holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Washington University, St. Louis and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Mr. Leemputte currently serves as a member of the National Council of the School of Engineering at Washington University.

Mr. Leemputte’s experience, particularly his increasingly important financial responsibilities for several of the nation’s leading corporations, provides significant financial and accounting expertise that has been invaluable to the Company in many respects, including assessment of our capital structure and financial strategy.

Allan P. Merrill
President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Merrill joined the Company in May 2007 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and was named President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2011. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Merrill working in both investment banking and in online real estate marketing. From 1987 to 2000, Mr. Merrill worked for the investment banking firm UBS (and its predecessor Dillon, Read & Co.), where he was a managing director and ultimately served as co-head of the Global Resources Group, overseeing relationships with construction and building materials companies around the world, as well as with clients in other industries. During his investment banking career, he advised the Company on its 1994 IPO as well as on several major acquisitions. Immediately prior to joining the Company, Mr. Merrill worked for Move, Inc., where he served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy. From April 2000 to October 2001, Mr. Merrill was president of Homebuilder.com, a division of Move, Inc. Mr. Merrill is a member of the Policy Advisory Board of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, and an Executive Committee member of both the Leading Builders of America and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.

We believe Mr. Merrill’s experience in and knowledge of the homebuilding sector, gained primarily through finance, capital markets and strategic development roles over more than 20 years, is particularly valuable to the Company as it seeks to achieve its aggressive financial and operational goals.

Peter M. Orser
Retired President and Chief Executive Officer, Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company

Mr. Orser has served as a director of the Company since February 2016. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Orser served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company, a subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser Company, where he oversaw five different homebuilding operations across the United States. In July 2014, under his leadership, Weyerhaeuser completed the successful sale of the company for $2.8 billion to TRI Pointe Homes, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Orser spent almost 25 years in various positions at Quadrant Homes, a leading homebuilder in the state of Washington and a subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser, including serving as President from 2003 to 2010. Mr. Orser is active in a number of other civic organizations, including serving as Vice Chair of the Runstad Real Estate Center Advisory Board at the University of Washington, and was recently appointed by the Governor to serve on the Washington State Affordable Housing Advisory Board. Mr. Orser holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Washington.
Norma A. Provencio
President, Provencio Advisory Services, Inc.

Ms. Provencio has been a director of the Company since November 2009. Ms. Provencio is President and owner of Provencio Advisory Services Inc., a healthcare financial and operational consulting firm. Prior to forming Provencio Advisory Services in October 2003, she was the Partner-in-Charge of KPMG’s Pacific Southwest Healthcare Practice since May 2002. From 1979 to 2002, she was with Arthur Andersen, serving as that firm’s Partner-in-Charge of the Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Healthcare Practice for the Pacific Southwest from November 1995 to May 2002. Ms. Provencio is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Valeant Pharmaceutical International. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Loyola Marymount University. She is a certified public accountant and also a member of the Board of Regents of Loyola Marymount University.

Ms. Provencio has over 30 years’ experience in the public accounting field. We believe her in-depth understanding of accounting rules and financial reporting regulations to be extremely valuable to the Company’s commitment and efforts to comply with regulatory requirements, including those related to Audit Committee functions.

Larry T. Solari
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BSI Holdings, Inc.

Mr. Solari has served as a director of the Company since our IPO. He is a partner in Kenner & Company, Inc., a private equity investment firm in New York, a position he has held since 2002. Mr. Solari is the past Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BSI Holdings, Inc., a position he held from 1998 to 2001. Prior to starting BSI, Mr. Solari was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sequentia, Inc. and President of the Building Materials Group of Domtar, Inc. Mr. Solari was President of the Construction Products Group of Owens-Corning from 1986 to 1994 and held various other positions with Owens-Corning since 1966. Mr. Solari earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management and a Master of Business Administration degree from San Jose State University and is a graduate of Stanford University’s Management Program. Mr. Solari is a director of Pacific Coast Building Products, Inc., Atrium Companies, Inc., Performance Contracting Group, Inc., Pace Industries and Dynacast International Inc. Mr. Solari is a past director of the Policy Advisory Board of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the National Home Builders Advisory Board.

Mr. Solari provides over 40 years’ experience in a wide range of industries directly related to the homebuilding industry and over 19 years as a member of the Board of Directors. In addition, he has served on several industry-wide organizations. His experience and knowledge of our industry provides valuable insight into several vendor markets that are important to the Company and integral to our operations.