Executive Leadership

Sheryl Palmer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

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Sheryl Palmer is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Taylor Morrison, a leading national homebuilder and developer based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Since 2007, Ms. Palmer has overseen a highly experienced leadership team in several key national homebuilding markets. With more than 30 years of cross-functional building experience, including leadership in land acquisition, sales and marketing, development and operations management, Ms. Palmer has led Taylor Morrison into the top ranks of America’s largest public homebuilders, following the company’s IPO in 2013.

Under Ms. Palmer’s leadership, Taylor Morrison has been successful in creating trustworthy relationships with both internal and external customers. The company was named America’s Most Trusted Home Builder for the sixth consecutive year by Lifestory Research, recognized as BUILDER Magazine’s 2020 Builder of the Year, named one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune Magazine in 2019 and 2020, and recognized as a repeat member of Bloomberg’s Gender Equality Index (GEI) for transparency in gender reporting and advancing women’s equality in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Ms. Palmer herself was also named a Top CEO in 2018 in the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards.

Ms. Palmer’s passions extend beyond homebuilding and enter the many realms of leadership and diversity; supporting veterans; solving for homelessness; and health and wellness. She currently serves as Chairman of the Building Talent Foundation, an organization that partners with homebuilders to address the vast trade labor shortage. She also served as the Chairman of the National Board of Directors of HomeAid America from 2019 to 2021, is on the Board of Directors of Interface Inc., and is an Executive Committee Member of the Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) Policy Advisory Board at Harvard University.

Dar Ahrens, Chief Field Operations Officer

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Dar Ahrens has served as Taylor Morrison’s Executive Vice President and Chief Field Operations Officer since February 2020. In his current role, he oversees all day-to-day homebuilding operations, national purchasing and construction optimization. Mr. Ahrens previously served as Taylor Morrison’s West Area President from 2015-2020 and has held key Division President and Regional President positions since joining the Company in September 2006.

Prior to joining Taylor Morrison, he served as the Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Land for Pulte Homes and held senior land acquisition, forward planning and development positions for Woodside Homes and John Laing Homes. Before entering homebuilding, Mr. Ahrens worked in both the commercial and heavy civil construction industries. He holds a master’s degree in building construction from the University of Florida and a B.S. from California State University, Chico.

 

Dave Cone, Chief Financial Officer

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Dave Cone has served as Taylor Morrison’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since October 2012. During the years prior to joining Taylor Morrison, Mr. Cone held various positions at PetSmart, Inc., a pet supply and service company, serving as Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis in 2012, Vice President of Investor Relations and Treasury from 2008 to 2011, Vice President of Finance from 2007 to 2008 and various other roles from 2003 to 2007. Prior to his tenure at PetSmart, Mr. Cone was employed at AdvancePCS, a prescription benefit plan administrator and PricewaterhouseCoopers, an accounting firm. Mr. Cone previously served as a member of the board of directors of Urbi Desarrollos Urbanos S.A.B. de C.V., a Mexican homebuilder focused on first time and move-up buyers in Mexico. Mr. Cone holds a degree in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Erik Heuser, Chief Corporate Operations Officer

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Erik Heuser joined Taylor Morrison as Director of Business Development in 2004 and was appointed Vice President of Land Investments in 2007, Chief Strategy Officer in 2015 and Chief Corporate Operations Officer in 2019. Mr. Heuser leads strategic direction, various business development initiatives, as well as portfolio management and evaluation of all contemplated land investments and divestitures by chairing Taylor Morrison’s Investment Committee. He also oversees the Company’s Build-to-Rent business, strategic market intelligence and research, brand marketing and communications, and customer experience efforts.

Prior to joining Taylor Morrison, Mr. Heuser ran a division for Hanley Wood Market Intelligence, owned a homebuilding entity in Chicago, and held senior acquisition, institutional finance, and investment roles with PNC Mortgage, MetLife, and A.G. Edwards & Sons. He holds a degree in finance from Illinois State University and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management. Mr. Heuser had the opportunity to participate in executive programs at Harvard Business School, The Wharton School, University of Chicago, M.I.T., Pepperdine University and The Kellogg School—and is an alumni of the Stanford University GSB. He currently serves on the Emeritus Council Board for the Foundation for Senior Living, on the Loyola University Quinlan School of Business Advisory Board, is an active member at the National Council level of ULI and is a member of Arizona State University’s Real Estate Council.

Tawn Kelley, President of Financial Services

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As Executive Vice President of Taylor Morrison and President of Financial Services, Tawn Kelley leads the company’s suite of Financial Services businesses, which include Taylor Morrison Home Funding, Inspired Title Services, Taylor Morrison Insurance Services and Mortgage Funding Direct Ventures. She is responsible for the management, financial performance and long-term growth strategies of these companies.

Ms. Kelley has over 20 years of experience in the mortgage industry, including leadership in new construction financing, title and homeowners’ insurance, mortgage servicing and operational management. Prior to joining Taylor Morrison in 2001, she founded and served as CEO and President of Mortgage Funding Direct Ventures (MFDV), a management company that partnered with homebuilders to create in-house mortgage subsidiaries. Among the various partnerships under the Mortgage Funding Direct family, Taylor Morrison Home Funding was also established in 2001. The successful partnership expanded nationally and evolved from a mortgage brokerage to a lender, ultimately paving the way for Taylor Morrison to acquire the MFDV management company in 2009. As a senior member of the Taylor Morrison leadership team since that time, Ms. Kelley has held several executive level positions that have contributed to the growth and expansion of Taylor Morrison.

Darrell Sherman, Chief Legal Officer

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Darrell Sherman is the Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary and has served as chief counsel to the Company since June 2009. Mr. Sherman has over 20 years of experience in the homebuilding industry, having served in senior legal roles at Centex Homes and Pulte Homes/Del Webb. Prior to joining the homebuilding industry, Mr. Sherman was a finance and real estate lawyer at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. He also served as an Administrative Law Judge appointed by Arizona Governor Fife Symington, hearing appeals from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and as a member of the U.S. Senate Judicial Advisory Committee, recommending the appointment of U.S. District Court judges. He holds a degree in economics with university honors and a J.D., both from Brigham Young University, where he was a member of the BYU Law Review. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and the American Bar Association and admitted to the Arizona and U.S. Supreme Courts.

Lou Steffens, President, Mergers & Acquisitions

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Lou Steffens joined Taylor Morrison in 2007 and he oversees the organization’s mergers and acquisitions. In his current role, he’s responsible for creating and implementing short and long-term strategic initiatives. Through the years, Mr. Steffens has led Taylor Morrison through six successful acquisitions significantly expanding the company’s portfolio and positioning the builder as the fifth largest in the nation. He previously served as Taylor Morrison’s Regional President and Area President in the organization’s Central, Southeast and Florida Areas. Mr. Steffens has 30 years of experience in the homebuilding industry, having worked for several national homebuilders, including Pulte Homes and Beazer Homes, where he served in various leadership roles. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Michigan State University and studied ‘strategic negotiations’ at Harvard Business School.

Field Leadership

John Bohnen, Area President, Southeast

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John Bohnen joined Taylor Morrison by way of the William Lyon Homes acquisition in 2020, and oversees Taylor Morrison’s Charlotte, Raleigh and Atlanta markets. He was the Chief Operations Officer and co-founder of RSI Communities with operations in California and Texas prior to selling the company to William Lyon Homes in 2018. Mr. Bohnen had a dynamic career with many homebuilders, serving as the Austin Division President at Cal Atlantic Homes and Standard Pacific Homes, where he led land initiatives in both Austin and Dallas. His homebuilding career began in land acquisition with KB Home, covering the Austin and San Antonio markets. He holds a bachelor’s degree in science from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Charlie Enochs, Area President, Central

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Charlie Enochs has served as the Central Area President at Taylor Morrison since May 2015, leading the company’s Houston, Austin and Dallas markets. He is responsible for the development and execution of strategic, operational and financial business plans. Mr. Enochs served as the Phoenix Division President from 2008 to 2015 where he helped the division earn a two-time distinction by ‘Ranking Arizona’ as the top production homebuilder in the market. He has more than 20 years of experience in the homebuilding industry, having worked for several national builders including, Del Webb/Pulte Homes, Coventry Homes and Toll Brothers. Mr. Enochs holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from the Virginia Military Institute and an MBA from the University of Texas.

Ricarda Dietsch, Area President, Mountain

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Ricarda Dietsch has served as the Mountain Area President—supporting the Phoenix, Las Vegas and Denver markets—since 2020. In this role, she is responsible for the development and execution of strategic, operational and financial business plans for the Mountain Region divisions. Prior to her promotion to Area President, Ms. Dietsch successfully led the Denver operations as Division President for nearly three years and served as the Regional CFO for Taylor Morrison’s Texas markets before that. She began her career in real estate in 1998 at Ernst & Young where she served developer and investor clients and subsequently spent over a decade at Pulte/Del Webb progressing from Assistant Controller to Vice President of Finance. In addition to her role at Taylor Morrison, Ms. Dietsch serves as an Executive Board Member for HomeAid Colorado. Originally from Germany, she graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University and holds a degree in accounting from the W.P. Carey School of Business.

Steve Kempton, Area President, Florida

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Steve Kempton joined Taylor Morrison in 2007 and oversees the company’s Florida markets, including Fort Myers, Naples, Jacksonville, Orlando, Sarasota, Port St. Lucie and Tampa. In April 2015, he served as the Florida Regional President, where he managed more than 50 communities, before becoming the Florida Area President in 2018. Prior to joining Taylor Morrison, Mr. Kempton had a robust career as a top executive with several national builders. As a trained civil engineer with an MBA, he has a profound understanding of the business of land development and home construction.

Curt VanHyfte, Area President, West

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Curt VanHyfte joined Taylor Morrison via the William Lyon Homes acquisition in 2020. In his role, he oversees and drives operational excellence and growth for markets in the West Area, which include those in California, Oregon and Washington. During his nearly 30-year career in homebuilding, he has held division, regional and national roles in finance and spent almost two decades as a Division President in Chicago, St. Louis, Houston and Phoenix for several homebuilders, including Pulte and M/I Homes. Mr. VanHyfte earned a B.S. in accounting with a minor in business management from St. John’s University in Minnesota.

Corporate Leadership

Debbie Beets, Total Rewards

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As the Senior Vice President of Total Rewards, Debbie Beets is responsible for designing the comprehensive Total Rewards package Taylor Morrison team members enjoy today. She joined the Company in 2015 as the Director of Total Rewards, has held the position of Vice President of Total Rewards, and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Total Rewards in 2019. In her expanded role, Ms. Beets co-leads the Human Resources Department—known as People Services—and oversees employee compensation, executive compensation, payroll and benefits for nearly 3,000 team members companywide. Prior to joining Taylor Morrison, Ms. Beets contributed to the total rewards and benefits teams at Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Universal Technical Institute, PetSmart, Mercer Health & Benefits and Del Webb. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in business administration and has a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.

John Lucas, Chief Information Officer

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John Lucas joined Taylor Morrison in 2000 and has held various IT management positions during his tenure. Mr. Lucas initially focused on IT operations and training—learning about the IT needs within the homebuilding industry from the ground up. He then helped oversee IT integration for multiple mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. As a senior IT leader, Mr. Lucas has held the positions of Director of IT from 2008-2014, Vice President of IT from 2014-2020, and in February 2020, he was promoted to Chief Information Officer, leading through the pandemic while integrating the company’s latest acquisition. In his current role, he oversees IT management for cybersecurity and compliance, M&A strategy, enterprise infrastructure and applications. Prior to entering the homebuilding industry more than two decades ago, he served in IT roles at Creative Business Concepts and Techserv Systems.

Stephanie McCarty, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

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Stephanie McCarty joined Taylor Morrison as the Vice President of Corporate Communications in 2015 and was promoted to Chief Marketing and Communications Officer in 2018 after transforming the company culture and branding position nationwide. In her role, Ms. McCarty leads brand marketing, employee and customer communications, media relations and PR, and crisis and issues management. She has implemented an online customer experience strategy that includes innovative, industry-leading customer acquisition tools and products—establishing Taylor Morrison as a differentiated, progressive brand and helping to move the future of home shopping forward.

Throughout her career, Ms. McCarty has had a history of success leading communications functions for the University of Phoenix, Insight, ON Semiconductor and McMurry, Inc. She holds a B.A. in journalism and mass communication from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and currently sits on the Advisory Board for Zillow Group, Inc.

Amy Rino, Chief Customer Officer

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Amy Rino oversees sales in all 22 Taylor Morrison markets with a focus on enhancing the customer experience across the company. Ms. Rino’s career with the organization dates to February 2005, when she joined Morrison Homes as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Over the next decade, Ms. Rino was instrumental in the growth and operations of the Houston market and played a key role in the acquisition of Darling Homes. In 2013, she served as Division President for Darling Homes, and five years later, her role expanded to become the Division President of the combined Taylor Morrison and Darling Homes businesses in Houston. Prior to Taylor Morrison, she held a role as Vice President for Ranger American, a low voltage subcontractor, and also held various roles with Pulte Homes and Standard Pacific Homes throughout her more than 25-year homebuilding career. Ms. Rino earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa.

Charissa Wagner, People Operations, Development and Acquisition

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As the Senior Vice President of People Operations, Development and Acquisition, Charissa Wagner plays an instrumental role shaping the company culture and employee experience at Taylor Morrison. She joined the organization 13 years ago as the Human Resources Director, and since then, has served as Vice President of Human Resources and Vice President of Talent Acquisition and Development. Ms. Wagner was promoted to her current role in 2019 and currently co-leads the Human Resources Department—known as People Services—at Taylor Morrison. In her current role, she oversees talent acquisition and recruitment, talent development and learning, diversity and inclusion, and people operations. She leads a large group of HR professionals and leaders from coast to coast. Prior to joining Taylor Morrison, Ms. Wagner worked at Cox Communication and UPS TeleServices. She graduated from the University of Arizona.