Jeffrey T. Mezger is President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of KB Home, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders. KB Home has built more than half a million quality homes since its founding in 1957, and currently operates in 40 major markets across the country.
Under Mr. Mezger’s leadership, KB Home established itself as one of the most recognized brands in homebuilding. He has overseen the development of KB Home’s unique homebuying experience which emphasizes consumer choice and value. As a respected industry voice in sustainability, he launched a strategic transformation of KB Home that led to the introduction and continuous development of the Company’s energy-efficient and environmentally-conscious home designs, and helped reduce the environmental impact of the Company’s operations.
Mr. Mezger previously held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of KB Home from 1999 to 2006. In this role, he led the Company’s development of its core KBnxt operational business model, and expanded and diversified KB Home’s U.S. homebuilding operations. A 30-year homebuilding industry veteran, Mr. Mezger joined KB Home in 1993 as President of the Company’s Antelope Valley, California division. He was later named President of the Company’s Arizona division and became Senior Vice President and Regional General Manager of the Company’s Southwest region. Prior to joining KB Home, he spent 15 years with U.S. Home, serving as President of the company’s Central California division from 1983 to 1993.
Mr. Mezger is Founding Chairman of the Leading Builders of America, serves as Chairman of the policy advisory board of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, and is on the executive board of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate and the policy advisory board of the Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2012, Mr. Mezger was inducted into the California Homebuilding Foundation Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to the building industry through innovation, public service and philanthropy.
A native of Chicago, Mr. Mezger graduated from DePauw University with a degree in economics.
Jeff Kaminski is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of KB Home. In this role, Kaminski oversees the financial function of the Company's operations across the United States.
Prior to joining KB Home, Kaminski was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Strategy Board of Federal-Mogul Corporation, a leading global supplier of automotive powertrain and safety technologies to original equipment manufacturers and the worldwide aftermarket headquartered in Southfield, Michigan. During his more than 20-year career at Federal-Mogul, a Fortune 500 company, Kaminski served in a variety of financial and operational leadership positions, including Senior Vice President of Global Purchasing, Vice President of Global Supply Chain Management, Vice President of Finance for Global Powertrain Systems, Managing Director of the Company's Aftermarket subsidiary in Australia, and International Controller for the Aftermarket Group.
Kaminski began his career in public accounting at Deloitte & Touche LLP. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University.
Brian Woram is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for KB Home. In this role, he oversees the legal function of the Company's operations across the United States.
Woram brings extensive experience in the homebuilding sector, having spent 14 years at Centex Corporation, a major public homebuilder headquartered in Dallas before its merge with Pulte Group (PHM: NYSE). He served in several lead roles at Centex, ultimately as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, responsible for legal, internal audit and corporate compliance. Most recently, Woram was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of H&R Block in Kansas City. Prior to Centex, he was a shareholder at the Dallas-based law firm now known as Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP.
Woram received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University at College Station and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he served on the Texas Law Review.
Albert Z. Praw is Executive Vice President of Real Estate and Business Development for KB Home. In this position, Praw is responsible for land acquisition strategies and growth initiatives in the company's 33 markets across the United States.
Praw has held a number of senior legal and operational positions at KB Home since joining the company in 1989 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Most recently, Praw was Senior Vice President of Asset Management, responsible for overseeing all KB Home land acquisition activities. He has also served as a Regional General Manager overseeing a number of KB Home divisions, and president of the company's Greater Los Angeles division.
From 2006 to 2011, Praw left KB Home to found Landstone Communities, LLC, where he served as Chief Executive Officer.
Earlier in his career, Praw was a partner in the law firm of Sidley & Austin, practicing real estate and corporate law.
Praw earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at the University of California at Berkeley, and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. While at UCLA Law School, he was a member of the UCLA Law Review and Order of the Coif.
He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and an active member of the community, serving on the board of directors of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters as well as the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles.
Nick Franklin is Executive Vice President, Strategic Operations. In this role, he is responsible for providing day-to-day leadership over Architecture, Marketing and Advertising, Market Research, KB Home Design Studios, Sustainability, and National Contracts.
Franklin brings a wealth of strategic insight, operations expertise and business acumen. Prior to joining KB Home, Franklin, served as executive vice president, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Worldwide, where he headed customer experience, innovation and new technology within the Parks and Resorts division. During his 18 year career at Disney, he held a range of leadership roles across the organization, in capacities including operations, real estate development, global business and corporate strategy. Prior to Disney, Franklin worked as a management consultant and investment banker.
Franklin earned both an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Dan Bridleman is Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Technology and Strategic Sourcing for KB Home. In this role, Bridleman leads the homebuilder's extensive sustainability initiatives, maintains partnerships with some of the country's top companies to supply the business, and effectively manages the company's IT to support operations and enhance customer service. His work ultimately supports KB Home's Built to Order business model while advancing the company's goals of making every home it builds not only affordable, but also more environmentally conscious.
With over 25 years of experience in managing Global Supply Chains, Bridleman began his career at KB Home in 2003 as Vice President of National Contracts. Prior to joining KB Home, Bridleman served as General Manager of Supply Chain Management at Boeing Satellite Systems in Los Angeles, California, the world's largest manufacturer of commercial communications satellites as well as a major provider of space systems, satellites, and payloads for national defense, science, and environmental applications. Bridleman also previously served as Vice President of Supply Chain Management at Case Corp. in Racine, Wisconsin.
As recognized expert in the field of SCM, Bridleman was co-author of the article "supply Chain Management In a Make-to-Order World" for APICS magazine, and was interviewed by fortune for its article "Where 'Build-to-Order' works best (April , 1999)
While at Boeing he served as the Executive Sponsor for the Los Angeles "Adopt a School" program. He has authored an article promoting the program, and delivered the opening address at the 'Partnerships in Education" conference in October 2001.
Bridleman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Ferris State University. He also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.
Cory F. Cohen is Senior Vice President of Tax at KB Home. Cohen has overall responsibility for all tax planning and compliance matters. He has accomplished numerous transactions that have been instrumental in lowering the Company's effective tax rate.
Cohen has played a key role in the Company's major transactions, including tax-free spin-off, French IPO and several corporate acquisitions. His responsibilities include managing the Company 401 (k) Plan. Cohen originally established the Company's tax department and has transformed the department into a profit center.
Cohen joined KB Home in 1988 and served as Director of Tax until 1991 when he was promoted to Vice President of Tax. He was also Senior Vice President of Kaufman and Broad's Mortgage Company in Woodland Hills, California.
Prior to joining KB Home, Cohen was Tax Manager at Roth, Bookstein and Zaslow and Tax Director at The Casden Company, Coast-Fed Properties. Cohen spent more than five years at Arthur Andersen and Company.
Cohen is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California. Cohen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California Los Angeles.
Ken Gancarczyk serves as the Senior Vice President of Builder Services for KB Home. As the head of KB Home’s centralized Architecture department, he leads five crucial departments, including all architectural design and production services, market research, geographic information systems, market strategy, and market surveys for the company’s operating divisions across the United States. During his 18 years at KB Home, Gancarczyk has been ultimately responsible for the creation of the thousands of unique floor plans and elevations KB Home’s business units require coast to coast.
Gancarczyk joined KB Home in 1997 after 20 years of service at Rayco Homes of San Antonio, Texas. His time at Rayco Homes was spent creating and executing a strategy that helped the company lead the San Antonio marketplace to over 3000 units of new home production and a 40% new-home market share. Gancarczyk concluded his tenure at Rayco Homes as the Lead Design Principal and Vice President.
Mr. Gancarczyk is a native of Chicago, Illinois and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at The School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University.
William R. Hollinger is Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of KB Home. Hollinger has been a key member of the Company's management team for nearly three decades. In his current role, Hollinger has oversight responsibility for the accounting and financial functions of the entire company and directs the Company's financial management and external consolidated reporting. He also leads the companywide business planning process and is responsible for developing and implementing strategic initiatives to strengthen financial performance.
Throughout his career with KB Home, Hollinger has played an important role in the Company's major transactions, including its tax-free spin-off, several public debt and equity offerings, various acquisitions, the initial public offering and subsequent sale of the Company's French subsidiary, and the sale of the Company's mortgage banking subsidiary. He has also been instrumental in positioning the Company's financial structure to support its operations and advance its strategic initiatives. In addition, Hollinger has served in a supportive capacity for the investor relations and treasury functions.
Hollinger joined KB Home in 1987, immediately after the company's initial public offering. He established and headed the internal audit department and created an audit reporting system for making recommendations to management and the Company's Board of Directors to enhance operational efficiency and tighten internal accounting controls.
Prior to joining KB Home, Hollinger spent five years in the audit practice at the international accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand (currently known as PricewaterhouseCoopers) in the Los Angeles office.
Hollinger graduated Summa Cum Laude from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a double major in Accounting and Finance. He is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Thad Johnson is Senior Vice President and Treasurer of KB Home. In this role, Johnson is responsible for corporate-wide banking and financing activities including capital market transactions, bank facilities and project financings. Johnson joined KB Home in 2008 as the company’s Assistant Treasurer and has served as Treasurer since 2010. During his tenure as Treasurer, the company has raised more than $2.5 billion through a series of capital markets transactions and syndicated financings.
In addition to managing the company’s relationships with commercial bankers, investment bankers and credit rating agencies; Johnson also plays an active role in the company’s investor relations efforts.
Prior to joining KB Home, Johnson was an assistant vice president with U.S. Bancorp’s commercial real estate group for three years after more than ten years of management consulting experience with several East Coast-based firms.
Johnson holds a Master of Business Administration degree in real estate finance from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Thomas Norton is Senior Vice President, Human Resources for KB Home. In this role, he has oversight of all human resources functions, including compensation, benefits, succession planning, employee development and organizational effectiveness.
Prior to joining KB Home, Norton served as SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer for BJ's Restaurants, Inc., a national restaurant company with over 10,000 employees and more than 80 locations. At BJRI, Norton was responsible for recruiting and succession planning, talent development, performance management, team member relations, compensation and benefits.
Previously, Norton spent more than 14 years with American Golf Corporation, long one of the largest and most diverse golf course and country club operations companies in the world. Norton served AGC from 2000-2006 as top HR executive (Senior Vice President of Human Resources) and held a variety of roles prior, including Director of Recruiting and Training, Regional Manager and General Manager.
Norton has served in numerous leadership capacities for charity and non-profit groups including the American Golf Foundation, the National Minority Golf Foundation, the American Heart Association and local community organizations.
Norton earned a Bachelor of Business Administration cum laude in Human Resource Management from the University of Notre Dame and graduated with an MBA with honors from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.
Tom Silk is Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications for KB Home. In this position, Silk is responsible for KB Home's marketing, advertising, communications, and social media outreach across its U.S. homebuilding operations.
Prior to joining KB Home, Silk was vice president of marketing for hydration brands at PepsiCo Beverages Americas. There he led brand strategy, innovation and execution for PepsiCo's hydration portfolio, including the Aquafina, Propel, SoBe, Tropicana and Ocean Spray juice drink brands. His accomplishments include leading the turnaround of the SoBe franchise, which under his leadership become the fastest growing brand in the company in 2009 and 2010.
Previously, Silk led global marketing efforts for the highly successful Guitar Hero and Call of Duty franchises at Activision-Blizzard. He also served as a brand marketer at The Clorox Company, and began his career as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
Silk earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in U.S. History from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds an M.B.A. in marketing from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with distinction and was designated a Palmer Scholar.