On the surface, the hiring of Matthews seems to make sense. He worked for nearly a decade as the chief executive officer of the Reston Association, an organization that oversees the planned community of Reston, Va. Both Reston and the Reston Association are similar to Columbia and CA, including assessing a fee or lien to residents who live in the community, So, it's a pretty good gamble that Matthews knows what he's getting into by leading Columbia's quasi-homeowner's association and its $65 million budget. Plus, he was already known to some of the CA board since he was a finalist for the CA presidency when Nelson was hired back in 2009. So Matthews sounds like a good choice.