Robert Laing was president of Barratt American's urban division until June 2006. Since handing the baton to Larry Clemens, Laing, who enjoys new challenges and opportunities, is to head Barratt's newly formed land acquisition division - created on his suggestion.
"The idea with the new venture is to expand the company's horizons a little bit, to try and secure more (land) for the future and perhaps look to different markets (in the Bay Area and outside of the state)," Laing said.
According to Clemens, Laing has a broad background in land acquisition and will work closely with the urban division, as acquiring valuable land is essential to the future success of any urban development.
When looking for land fit for urban development, Laing said he eyes property that is close to mass transit and for "communities where there's a commitment to an urban renewal ... where there is already catalyst for change," he said.