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IRVINE, CALIF. (January 6, 2003). MBK Homes Ltd., the home building division of Irvine, California-based MBK Real Estate Ltd., has named Karen Hoover as Director of Purchasing. Hoover is in charge of purchasing for all of MBK Homes' new home communities throughout Southern California.

"Karen comes to MBK Homes with an impressive industry background having worked for some of the leading home builders in the nation," said Stefan Markowitz, President of MBK Homes. "As we continue on a strong growth path, we are constantly striving to raise the level of quality and service at all our new home communities. Karen will be instrumental in achieving this goal, as she brings the introduction of new systems and practices which will further improve our building efficiencies. We are very pleased to have Karen join our management team."

Prior to joining MBK Homes, Hoover served as Director of Purchasing for The Olson Company, where her responsibilities included selection of trade contractors, bidding of offsite and building plans, spreading and qualifying bids, negotiating price and awarding contracts.

Before her tenure with The Olson Company, Hoover was Purchasing Agent for Western Pacific Housing. She has also held positions with Kaufman & Broad, Akins Development and Regis Homes.

"I am very excited for the opportunity to join the exceptional group of professionals at MBK Homes," said Hoover. "The company is known throughout the industry for its phenomenal management team and for delivering top quality communities. I am pleased to bring my experience and knowledge to a company that is so well regarded in the industry and that is expanding throughout all the major Southern California housing markets."

Hoover was educated in construction management at University of California at Irvine and Orange Coast College. She is a member of the Construction Purchasing Association.

Company Background

MBK Homes, Ltd. is active in the development of new for-sale housing communities catering primarily to first-time and first and second move-up homebuyers throughout Southern California. Through its "Better ways and Greater means," MBK Homes delivers quality housing that is innovative in design, comfort and craftsmanship, all at an excellent value. With more than a decade of experience constructing homes in Southern California, MBK prides itself on its ability to meet the needs of today's most discriminating homebuyers. Currently, MBK Homes is building residential neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and is aggressively pursuing additional land acquisitions throughout the Southland. For more information about MBK Homes, Ltd., please contact MBK Homes at 800.566.7100 or 949.789.8300, or visit its Web site at

MBK Real Estate Ltd. and its three wholly-owned subsidiaries, comprise the U.S. real estate development arm of Mitsui & Co., Ltd., the world's third largest corporation. The company's core business activities include the acquisition, redevelopment and development of retail and entertainment properties, and the development and sale of for sale housing.

MBK Real Estate Ltd. is headquartered in Irvine, CA, with regional offices in Los Angeles, CA, and Portland, OR. Corporate offices are located at 175 Technology Drive, Irvine, CA 92618; phone 800.566.7100; fax (949) 789-9300; or visit its Web site at

Posted on January, 6th 2003

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