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.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
As Ryland's Chief Operating Officer, Pete Skelly is responsible for all of the company's home building activities. In his role, he oversees division operations throughout Ryland Homes. He works with local management to develop and execute strategies and tactics related to the company's land acquisition, product development, sales and marketing, production, purchasing and customer service efforts.
Mr. Skelly is a 25 year veteran of the real estate business and joined Ryland in 1988 as an assistant controller. Through 1999, he held a variety of financial management positions within Ryland Homes on the East Coast and in the Midwest. In 1999, he was promoted to the position of President of Ryland's Chicago Division, a position he held for 7 years. In December of 2006, Mr. Skelly was promoted to the position of President, North Region. In 2008, his geographic area of responsibility was expanded to include the Ryland's Western operations. In January of 2011, with the reorganization of the company and the elimination of the region structure, he was promoted to Homebuilding President. In June 2013, Mr. Skelly was named Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to joining Ryland, Mr. Skelly was employed by the Travelers Insurance Company and the accounting firm KPMG.
Mr. Skelly is a 1985 graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
As executive vice president and chief financial officer of Ryland, Gordon Milne oversees the company's financial, planning, investor relations and information system activities.
As a key member of senior management, Mr. Milne is responsible for Ryland's relationships with the financial community, as well as managing various internal operations. Mr. Milne joined the company in January 2000 as senior vice president and chief financial officer.
Mr. Milne has more than 25 years of finance experience, encompassing work in the energy, chemical and homebuilding industries. Previously, he served as senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer of Agrium, Inc., in Calgary, Alberta, where he was responsible for accounting, tax, treasury, information systems, internal audit, insurance and investor relations.
Prior to joining Agrium, Mr. Milne was division president of finance for Nexen in Calgary, Alberta, from 1994 to 1996. He served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Bow Valley Energy Inc., also in Calgary, from 1991 and 1994. In addition, he has direct experience in the homebuilding and mortgage-finance industries, having worked with KB Home Corporation from 1986 to 1991 as vice president of finance, treasurer, and president of KB Mortgage Company.
A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Milne earned his MBA at the University of Chicago and a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Brigham Young University.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
As senior vice president of human resources, Bob Cunnion oversees human resource and administration functions for Ryland and its operating divisions.
Mr. Cunnion joined Ryland in January 1988 as a human resources manager for manufacturing and became the vice president of human resources for Ryland Building Company in 1991. In 1993 he was promoted to vice president of human resources for Ryland's West region. He assumed his current position in 1999.
Prior to joining Ryland, Mr. Cunnion was employed with Owens-Corning Fiberglass for 10 years in various personnel management positions.
Mr. Cunnion earned a master's degree in management from Northwestern University. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Juniata College.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
As senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, Tim Geckle oversees Ryland's legal representation and manages all legal matters for the company.
Mr. Geckle joined Ryland in January 1991 to start Ryland's legal department. He was promoted to his current position in August 1997. Previously, he worked for Ryland's outside legal counsel, Piper Rudnick, handling Ryland's legal matters and transactions and specializing in corporate, securities and real estate law.
Mr. Geckle earned his law degree from the University of San Francisco. He also is a graduate of Catholic University of America, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in religion and religious education.
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