Chairman of the Board
William L. Jews was elected to Ryland’s board of directors in 1994 and was named to his current position, chairman of the board, on April 28, 2010. He serves on Ryland’s compensation and nominating and governance committees.
Mr. Jews is the former president and chief executive officer of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, a leading mid-Atlantic health care company. He also served as president and chief executive officer of two operating affiliates, CareFirst of Maryland, Inc. and Group Hospitalization and Medical Services, Inc. in Washington, D.C., and was chief executive officer of a third affiliate, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware.
Mr. Jews was named president and chief executive officer of the former Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland in April 1993, at a time when the company faced severe financial and operational difficulties. Mr. Jews established new corporate strategic positioning, including synergistic acquisitions and mergers to form Carefirst, Inc, a not-for-profit holding company that included the BlueCross Plans of Maryland, the National Capital Area and Delaware.
During his tenure, Carefirst grew to seventh ranked Plan among the Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans with more than $5 billion in annual revenues, nearly three million customers, and the nation’s largest federal employee health benefit program. With more than 6,000 associates in five states and the District of Columbia, a CareFirst company won the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s Brand excellence Award for nine consecutive years.
Since joining the Ryland board, Mr. Jews has been involved in practically all aspects of the business and has been instrumental in the company’s strategic growth and marketplace positioning. In February 2008, he was elected Ryland’s outside lead director.
Mr. Jews currently also serves on the board of directors of Choice Hotels International, KCI Technologies, Fortress International Group, and is an advisor to Camden Investments and Sterling Venture Partners.
A native of Cambridge, Maryland, Mr. Jews earned his bachelor’s degree in social and behavioral sciences from The Johns Hopkins University in 1974. He received a master’s degree in urban planning and policy analysis from Morgan State University in 1976 and was honored by that university with an honorary doctoral degree in 1999.
Mr. Jews is active in numerous community and civic organizations including recently completing a term as Governor in the Baltimore Office of the Federal Reserve Bank.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Larry T. Nicholson was promoted to chief executive officer of Ryland on May 29, 2009, elected to the board of directors on May 4, 2009 and named president of Ryland on September 30, 2008.
Mr. Nicholson has more than 30 years of experience in the homebuilding industry including more than a decade at Ryland. He joined Ryland in March 1996 as vice president of operations for the Southeast region and subsequently ran the Greenville and Orlando divisions before being promoted to Southeast region president in 2004. He assumed the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer in June 2007.
Mr. Nicholson is a member of the Policy Advisory Board of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, and is on The Executive Committee of the Leading Builders of America.
After graduating from Ohio University in 1979, Mr. Nicholson played professional baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Retired President, Mattel Inc.
Ned Mansour was elected to Ryland’s board of directors in 2000. He is serves as chairman of the nominating and governance committee and is a member of the audit committee.
Mr. Mansour has more than 25 years’ experience in a variety of disciplines. As president of Mattel until March 2000, he was responsible for overseeing the company’s international sales and marketing, as well as its worldwide human resources, information systems, government affairs/international trade, legal and corporate communications functions.
Mr. Mansour joined Mattel in 1978 as a senior attorney and worked extensively on major worldwide transactional matters. He subsequently held numerous senior-level positions within Mattel, including: president, corporate operations; executive vice president; chief administrative officer; general counsel and secretary; and senior vice president and general counsel.
In 1970, Mr. Mansour received his bachelor of science degree in finance from the University of Southern California and in 1973 he received his juris doctorate degree from the University of San Diego. In 1999, he became a member of the Order of the Coif.
Mr. Mansour serves on the advisory board of Niagara Bottling. He served on the board of the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, as chairman of TrinityCare Hospice and on the board of the Toy Industry Foundation. He also served on the board of Blue Nile, Inc., and Big Lots, Inc., as chairman of the nominating and governance committee. In addition, he is author of the books Divided Roads, White Canvas and A Cedar Valley Christmas and co-author of the book Florian’s Special Gift.
Former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Building Materials Holding Corporation
Robert E. Mellor was elected to Ryland’s board of directors in 1999. He serves as chairman of the compensation committee and is a member of the audit committee. He is the former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Building Materials Corporation, parent company of BMC West Corporation and SelectBuild Corporation.
Mr. Mellor had been a director with Building Materials Holding Corporation since 1991 and was appointed president and chief executive officer in February 1997. Formerly of counsel to the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in San Francisco.
Mr. Mellor serves as chairman of the board of Coeur Mining, Inc. the lead director of Monro Muffler Brake, Inc., and a director of Stock Building Supply.
He earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri in 1965 and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University in 1968. He is a member of the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Texas.
Private investor and former Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, The Irvine Company
Norman Metcalfe was elected to Ryland’s board of directors in 2000. He serves as chairman of the audit committee and is a member of the compensation committee.
Mr. Metcalfe has more than 30 years’ experience and currently operates his own investment and real estate business. Previously, he was vice chairman and chief financial officer of The Irvine Company. There he was a director of The Irvine Company and Irvine Apartment Communities. Prior to The Irvine Company, Mr. Metcalfe held a variety of corporate finance and investment positions with the KB Home/SunAmerica family of companies.
During his 23 years with KB Home/SunAmerica, he was president and chief investment officer of SunAmerica Investments. Mr. Metcalfe also was chief financial officer of KB Home Corporation. He served as a director of both firms.
In addition to serving on the board for Ryland, Mr. Metcalfe is a director of the Tejon Ranch Company. Also, he is a member of the executive committee of USC Lusk Center for Real Estate and a member of the board of trustees of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.
Executive Director, The Broadway League
Charlotte St. Martin was elected to the Ryland board of directors in 1996 and serves on the compensation and nomination and governance committees.
Ms. St. Martin is currently the executive director of the Broadway League headquartered in New York. The League represents commercial theatre in New York and across the United States, an eight billion dollar industry, representing over 140 cities and 250 venues with Broadway shows.
Ms. St. Martin was executive vice president of marketing for Loews Hotels through July 2005. She was appointed to this position in 1997 when Loews announced that they would spend over $1 billion in new hotel development. Prior to this business development, she oversaw both operations and marketing for the company for eight years.
Ms. St. Martin began her career with Loews in 1977 and went on to hold various positions including, director of marketing and regional vice president of sales. She rose through the ranks to become president and chief executive officer in 1989 of Loews Anatole Hotel. Ms. St. Martin was instrumental in building Anatole into one of the nations largest and most successful convention hotels. She remained president and chief executive officer there until the hotel was sold in 1995 to Harvard University and Wyndham Hotels.
From 1987 to 1989, Ms. St. Martin served as the president of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau. As a result of her leadership, Dallas became a major convention city and tourist attraction.
Ms. St. Martin currently serves on the executive committee of the New York Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Times Square Alliance. She also serves on the board of directors of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. She has also held the chair and officer positions with several trade associations, including Meeting Planners International , the Professional Convention Management Association, Sales and Marketing Executives, the American Society of Association Executives and the American Hotel and Motel Association’s Educational Institute.
Ms. St. Martin served on the board of Gibson Greetings, Inc., from 1993 until the company was sold to American Greetings in 2000.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BayPoint Capital Partners, LLC
Robert G. van Schoonenberg was elected to Ryland’s board of directors in 2009. He is a member of the audit and the nominating and governance committees.
Mr. van Schoonenberg leads BayPoint Capital Partners, a private equity/advisory firm, and is co-managing partner at AmeriCap Partners, a growth capital investment firm.
He previously was an executive with Avery Dennison Corporate, a highly diversified international corporation. Avery Dennison operates in the core business of pressure-sensitive labeling and materials, retail information services and office and consumer products. As an executive officer of Avery Dennison, Mr. van Schoonenberg was involved in the key decisions related to its business as well as the challenges of operating a highly diversified organization facing a wide range of complex legal and regulatory issues.
In his current roles with two investment firms, Mr. van Schoonenberg is critically involved in the development and growth of various emerging businesses.
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of UDR, Inc.
Thomas W. Toomey was elected to Ryland’s board of directors in 2013, and is a member of the audit committee.
Thomas W. Toomey is chief executive officer, president and a director of UDR, Inc., a leading multifamily real estate investment trust and an S&P 400 company; having served in these capacities since joining the Company twelve years ago. Over his tenure, Mr. Toomey has been instrumental in repositioning the Company’s portfolio, including the acquisition and disposition of over $14 billion in multifamily communities, which has led to above average returns for the Company’s shareholders. Today, the Company owns or has an ownership interest in 54,000 apartment homes in select markets across the U.S.
Prior to heading UDR, Mr. Toomey held various senior positions, including chief operating officer and chief financial officer, with AIMCO, a multifamily REIT peer. At AIMCO, Mr. Toomey was instrumental in transforming the company into the largest apartment owner in the U.S.; growing its portfolio ten-fold over his tenure. Prior to AIMCO, Mr. Toomey served as a senior vice president with Lincoln Property Company, a multifaceted, national real estate firm, for five years.
As a leader in the real estate industry, Mr. Toomey is a member of the Board of Governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), the Executive Committee of the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC), is a member of The Real Estate Roundtable, is a trustee and governor of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), is a former trustee of the Oregon State University Foundation and serves on the National Geographic International Council of Advisors.
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