IRMO, SOUTH CAROLINA (March 16, 2009) – Southland Log Homes, Inc. America’s largest log home company, today named Kenneth S. Sekley to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. The appointment is effective as of March 19.

Mr. Sekley’s career includes nearly 30 years in consumer and industrial products, including over four years with Patio Enclosures, Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio, where he first served as president and chief operating officer prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in 2007. Before Patio Enclosures, Sekley was an executive vice president with ICI / Glidden Paints in Cleveland. In addition, he served as vice president of marketing for Lesco, a turf products business in Strongsville, Ohio, and served in various marketing, sales, and business development roles at American Cyanamid in Parsippany, New Jersey.

“We are impressed with Ken’s leadership experience at both consumer and industrial goods companies,” said Charlie Ogburn, Chairman of the Board for Southland. “He brings to Southland a proven track record and a marketing vision to improve the company’s industry-leading position. He has the skills required to take Southland forward and to drive Southland’s success and growth.”

“Ken understands the crucial combination of quality, service, and value that has made Southland the leader in the log home industry”, said Joe E. Taylor, board member and founder of Southland Log Homes. “Additionally, as South Carolina’s Secretary of Commerce, I am pleased to have someone of Ken’s caliber on the leadership team of a South Carolina-based company.”

“This is a tremendous opportunity,” said Sekley. “The Southland brand and its high-quality products bring true excitement to log home buyers. I look forward to working with the dynamic Southland team to achieve even higher levels of growth and success.”

Mr. Sekley holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Princeton University, a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University.

About Southland Log Homes: Headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, Southland Log Homes was founded in 1978 and is the largest log home company in the United States. Southland operates 18 model home sales offices in ten states and has authorized Southland dealers located throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Model homes are located in Asheville, NC; Atlanta, GA; Baton Rouge, LA; Birmingham, AL; Charlotte, NC; Christiansburg, VA; Columbia, SC; Fredericksburg, VA; Gatlinburg, TN; Greensboro, NC; Greenville, SC; Houston, TX; Jackson, MS; Louisville, KY; Macon, GA; Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; and San Antonio, TX,. For more information about Southland Log Homes, call 800-641-4754 or visit