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January 28, 2014

Will Mongesku Joins Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods as Director of Purchasing

WillMongeskuHighly Acclaimed Atlanta Home Builder Brings on Rising Industry Star to Help Control Purchasing
and Cut Costs Without Compromising Signature Level of Quality

Atlanta, January 7 – As another unfortunate consequence of the housing market crash of 2008, the once deep pool of trade professionals has shrunk considerably. Having fled to other lines of work in recent years, this sharp decline in the number of plumbers, electricians, brick masons, carpenters, roofers and general laborers has led to increased costs across the board as the residential construction industry endeavors to bounce back. Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods – an award-winning new home builder that is committed to being “A New Builder For A New Time” – is rapidly building a solid reputation in Atlanta for its signature blend of quality construction, thoughtfully-designed floorplans, distinctive communities, and wide range of offerings at affordable prices. In order to continue to do so, it became clear that the development of a strong purchasing department was essential to support the company’s future growth. To that end, company co-founder and CFO Thomas Olson recently brought on Will Mongesku as Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods’ new Director of Purchasing.

“We’re excited to add Will and his understanding of purchasing and estimating to the Acadia team,” said Olson. “In the short time he has been here, he has already proven an excellent fit for our corporate culture, and will no doubt have a hand in further shaping that culture in the years to come as we continue to grow as a company. We pride ourselves on having a great synergy internally at Acadia, and the addition of Will can help us extend that same synergy to our trade partners. I am confident that Will and his Purchasing team members will not only help strengthen our trade relationships and control our costs, but will ultimately improve our expenditures and make us more efficient as a company.”

Mongesku brings a wealth of experience in the homebuilding industry to the Acadia team. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University, he began his career as a Project Engineering Manager with Jordan Engineering Group in Phoenix, Arizona where he was responsible for the structural design and value engineering of single- and multi-family residential homes. His path eventually led him to Atlanta where he joined Ashton Woods Homes as Corporate Structural Engineer and Purchasing Agent for their Atlanta Division. When he learned of the quest for a Director of Purchasing at Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods, he saw it as a terrific opportunity to make the leap into a department and company he admired.

“I really believed in what Acadia had set out to do in the Atlanta market and wanted to be a part of it,” recalled Mongesku. “Rather than raise prices, Acadia sought to add a dedicated department to control purchasing and creatively cut costs along the way. My background in engineering means that I can analyze all of the aspects of building a home, examine the costs associated with each element, and find opportunities to cut costs wisely and effectively. We can do this a number of ways – through scheduling of materials, cutting waste, implementing powerful purchasing software, looking closely at how a trade does his/her work, and building stronger relationships with our trade professionals and vendors.”

Mongesku was drawn to Acadia for its leadership team, which he viewed as energetic, intelligent and driven. While the economic downturn had thrown most people in the homebuilding industry for a loop, he admired the fact that the Acadia team chose to learn from it in order to develop methods and visions that are wholly unique. He was particularly buoyed by the fact that they encourage innovation from their team members, which is what Mongesku has applied in building his Purchasing team and departmental approach.

Mongesku lives in Woodstock with his wife, Sherry and their two children – Audrey and Luke. When not hard at work in Acadia’s Purchasing Department, he enjoys coaching his son’s soccer team and attending his daughter’s Science Olympiad events.

About Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods:  Founded on the principles of integrity, quality and an unyielding devotion to customer satisfaction, Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods is the shared vision of real estate and construction veterans – Gregg Goldenberg, Jon Roby and Thomas Olson. With more than 50 years of combined experience, they set out in 2010 to breathe new life into the Atlanta housing market by becoming a “New Builder for a New Time.” A handful of years later, their company is one of Atlanta’s leading home builders.

Presented in a wide variety of thoughtfully-inspired designs, homes in Acadia’s single family, active adult and townhome communities range from the low $100,000’s to the $500,000’s. Most recently, Acadia was proud to debut its Capitol Collection – featuring  homes at affordable prices in sought after locations priced from the mid $100s to the $200s and the Signature Collection – featuring luxury homes priced from the $500,000’s to the $800,000’s. Beautifully constructed new homes by Acadia are currently available for purchase at The River District in Berkeley Lake; The Preserve at North Valley in Milton; Parkside Village and Wellstone in Cumming; Mt. Vernon Road in Dunwoody; Riverbrooke in Suwanee; Sherwood Park in Smyrna; Bakers Farms and Liberty Crossing in Braselton; Kirkwood Green in Lake Claire; Parks at Durham Lakes in Fairburn; The Overlook at Litchfield in Roswell; Woodland Cove in Alpharetta; and Eagles Crest, Reece Farms, and Arbor Green in West Cobb. Exciting new Acadia communities in development include Covenant Place in Powder Springs, Hawthorne Manor in Milton, and Sawyer Farms in Grayson.

Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods has carved out a very special niche in the Atlanta market as it seeks to inspire families with homes of unsurpassed quality and value delivered by a team of dedicated home building industry veterans. In addition to several awards for customer service excellence from GuildQuality and 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty, Acadia was named #5 among Atlanta’s Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies and placed at #10 of Top 20 Home Builders in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2013. The new home builder has also received ten OBIE Awards from the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. For more information, call 404-313-9950 or visit www.acadiahomes.com.


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