About Us

FrontDoor Communities

About FrontDoor Communities

FrontDoor Communities is a leading Southeast homebuilder and community developer that consistently strives to exceed customer expectations. Led by a team of proven professionals with more than 25 years' industry experience, we are thoughtful in our planning and committed to developing and building communities and homes that stand the test of time.



Customer-Centered Process

We value our customer's opinions and embrace their involvement in the construction of their new home. We work to put them at the center of our process, ensuring that their home will be the best they have ever owned.



FrontDoor Communities focuses on what families want in a home. Floor plans are designed with special attention to areas that get used most. Included features are thoughtfully selected to exceed customer expectations.


Design & Architecture

We partner with Award-winning local architects to design homes that meet the demands of today's family and compliment their surroundings.


Best in Class Partnerships

FrontDoor Communities employs quality trade contractors and builds your home with brand name materials constructed by manufacturers whose brands you will recognize. Working closely with the best ensures that the home we deliver to you will be the best you've ever owned.



Our communities are in locations where people want to live. With nearby shopping, dining, great schools and proximity to employment centers and local amenities, our homes are at the heart of their communities.



I liked the quality of construction and included features of the home. I feel that I received a terrific value. Beyond that, the sales and construction team jumped through hoops to make sure that all of my needs and concerns were addressed in a way that exceeded my expectations.

Jeff & Marlene Koedding

Tributary, SC

From your salesperson, Julie, to your construction manager, Gene Haddock, I would like you to know how impressed I have been with your staff. Working with Gene made the whole experience of building a new home exciting and easy. I had the utmost trust in him and he didn't disappoint. I was away for most of the build and we communicated regularly and he keep me up-to-date on what was happening. Love my new house.

Peter & Bernice Mehlman

Freeman's Point, SC

Wonderful neighbors and a great community! You couldn’t ask for anything more!  Home sweet home!

Terri & Don Pouliot

Andalucia, FL

We have several friends building homes this year and by far, we believe we lucked out landing with FrontDoor Communities.  Our builder, Kenny, took the worry out of the entire process.  He put the personal touch on building our home and with great attention to detail – my friends didn’t have this experience with other builders. Kenny, Will and Micci make a great team and were a pleasure to work with – we look forward to  more families making their home at Traditions.

Neil & Stacy Prater

Traditions, GA

I was most satisfied with the construction manager, James, at FrontDoor Communities. He was just amazing to work with. His follow through and customer service were incredible. He never seemed to get worked up about anything and he's just amazing to work with. He's a big asset to FrontDoor.

Angela & Todd Rollins

Carolina Park, SC

Brandon was outstanding! A true joy to work with. We LOVE our home!!

Michael and Linda Skorb

Providence, GA

Kenny has gone above and beyond our expectations. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for building us a BEAUTIFUL HOME.

Earl & Ida Smith

Traditions, GA

Both Julie Gustavson and our contractor Gene were wonderful and went above and beyond to accomodate our special needs given our circumstance of not being available on site throughout most of the process.

Lindsey and Matthew Vollono

Freeman's Point, SC

FrontDoor Communities did not fall short - they are very responsive and have made buying a new home a great experience. We have a well-built beautiful home with great design features.

William Peter & Susanne Evans/Carl & Marsha Henkel

Andalucia, FL

Executive Team


Terry Russell

CEO / Partner

Terry Russell is a 30 year veteran of the homebuilding industry and has played a significant leadership role in the southeast real estate industry for over two decades. Prior to forming FrontDoor Communities with Mike Langella, Terry served as President of Reynolds Development and Management Group and has extensive experience in leading all disciplines of a real estate company. Terry spent 22 years with John Wieland Homes & Neighborhoods (JWH&N); the last 5 years as its CEO.  As CEO, he led the company to five straight years of record revenues and profits. Under his leadership,  JWH&N won hundreds of national and local awards, including being named “America’s Best Builder” in 2005.

Terry is a member of Urban Land Institute (ULI) and has served as the Chair of ULI Atlanta. He is currently Chair of the Community Development Council of ULI National.


Mike Langella


Mike Langella is a 21 year veteran of the homebuilding and community development industry with extensive experience in the Southeast, US. Prior to partnering with Terry Russell to establish FrontDoor Communities, Mike was with John Wieland Homes & Neighborhoods (JWH&N) for 11 years where he held a variety of senior leadership positions including Senior Vice President Strategy & Development and President of the Charleston, SC homebuilding division. As President of the Charleston, SC homebuilding division, Mike oversaw the development/homebuilding process for hundreds of homes at a time. Prior to his time at JWH&N, Mike worked for WCI Communities, developing and operating communities in Southwest Florida and California.

Mike received a BS in Business Administration from University of Connecticut and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.


Richard Whiteley

Senior Vice President / CFO

Richard Whiteley is responsible for company capital strategy, evaluation of new opportunities and portfolio management which includes the creation and implementation of the strategies, policies and procedures that maximize return on investment. Prior to joining FrontDoor Communities, Richard worked for the Reynolds Companies where he played a leading role in the sourcing, structuring and underwriting of an $800M real estate portfolio.

Richard  holds a BS in Economics with Honors from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He  serves as the Chairman of the Board of Atlanta Regional Airport Falcon Field and as a board member of the Fayette County Development Authority.


Mark Lipsmeyer

Vice President - Charleston

Mark Lipsmeyer is responsible for managing FrontDoor Communities' real estate acquisitions, development, homebuilding, sales, asset management, hospitality and golf operations throughout South Carolina. Prior to joining FrontDoor Communities, he was Vice President for Reynolds Development and Management Group (RDMG) responsible for managing a number of real estate projects throughout South Carolina for a large private equity firm.

He is CABO certified, holds a South Carolina Residential Builder’s License, was a board member of Charleston Trident Homebuilding Association, member of The Town of Mount Pleasant’s Workforce Housing Committee, member of the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia and volunteers his time in many areas including Habitat for Humanity.


Mike Taylor

Vice President - Central / South Florida

Michael Taylor is responsible for managing FrontDoor Communities’ real estate acquisitions, development, homebuilding operations and sales throughout Florida.  He is a 27 year veteran in the construction industry with extensive experience in launching and managing high profile projects for a variety of regional, national and international real estate companies.

Mike graduated from the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University with a BS in Marketing. He is also a Certified General Contractor in Florida & Georgia and a licensed Realtor in Georgia.


Eric White

Vice President - Atlanta

Eric White is responsible for managing FrontDoor Communities' real estate acquisitions, development, homebuilding and sales in Atlanta. Prior to joining FrontDoor, Eric spent 19 years with Ryland Homes in Atlanta, most recently as Vice President of Land Acquisitions and Development.

During his time with Ryland, Eric worked in a variety of building disciplines and helped lead them to being consistently ranked one of the Top 10 largest builders in Atlanta.

Eric earned a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering degree from Auburn University. Following his undergraduate studies, Eric spent five years as a submarine officer in the United States Navy’s nuclear power program, and he is a veteran of the Gulf War.


Irene Hall

Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Irene Hall brings over 25 years of executive real estate marketing experience, including master-planned developments, golf course and luxury single family home communities, multi-family rental and condo product as well as mixed-use developments throughout the southeast.  She has provided comprehensive marketing management for builders, developers and real estate professionals.

Irene has enjoyed continuing successes in brand positioning and marketing strategy over the years evidenced by professional recognition bestowed to her by the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association on multiple occasions, including Marketing Director of the Year.

Kelly Scibona

Kelly Scibona

Director of Architecture

Kelly Scibona brings more than a decade of architectural experience to FrontDoor Communities as the builder's Director of Architecture. Kelly is responsible for developing the ever expanding architecture portfolio, managing architectural resources and upholding the architectural integrity of all FrontDoor designs. With extensive residential architectural experience and a background in historical and classical architecture, Kelly had the pleasure of being part of the design team for the 2005 Southern Living Idea House in Glenwood Park and the project manager for the 2008 Southern Accents Showhouse at Regent's Park. Prior to joining FrontDoor Communities, Kelly owned her own firm that focused on sensitive renovations and additions to historic intown homes.
Kelly graduated cum laude with a bachelor's in architecture from the University of Notre Dame. She also spent a year traveling through Europe studying classical architecture. Kelly is a Registered Architect in both Georgia and North Carolina.