FrontDoor Communities is pleased to announce the hiring of three industry veterans: Scott Auer as division construction manager; John Morris as controller; and Mechelle Knight as senior estimator. With the addition of Auer, Morris and Knight, the company’s total new hires for the year is at a record high of 12, which more than doubles its size from 2012.

“We’re strategically hiring high-caliber professionals as our portfolio continues to grow,” said Mike Langella, president and partner at FrontDoor. “Scott, John and Mechelle bring tremendous expertise and experience to our team and we’re excited to welcome them to the FrontDoor family.”

As division construction manager, Auer will oversee and direct all permitting, construction and operational functions for the Atlanta office. He will also manage the division’s customer service and warranty operations. Before joining FrontDoor, Auer was a founding member of CrestHaven, LLC, where he served as a residential contractor for five years. At CrestHaven, he completed multiple projects, including major home remodels, whole-house restorations, and a custom home. Prior to founding CrestHaven, he spent 12 years at John Wieland Homes where he most recently held the title of vice president. Auer holds a bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy from North Carolina State University.

Morris brings more than 17 years of experience in finance and accounting to his role as controller, where he will manage financials and coordinate project teams. Prior to joining FrontDoor, Morris served as the chief financial officer for Affiniti Golf Partners. At Affiniti, he managed balance sheet reports, developed budgets, and oversaw human resources and payroll for more than 1,300 employees. He also served as controller for multiple real estate and land development companies. Morris holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration, both from Kennesaw State University.

In Knight’s new role as senior estimator, she will be responsible for maintaining and managing purchase orders, cost data reports and invoices. Previously, she was a senior estimator at John Wieland Homes, where she was responsible for creating plan templates, maintaining vendor bids, and resolving daily changes requested by field personnel. She also worked as a vertex estimating manager and estimator at John Wieland Homes. Knight holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Georgia Southern University.


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