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Former Memphis Habitat Board President Named Habitat Tennessee’s Leadership Volunteer of the Year

Former Memphis Habitat Board President Named Habitat Tennessee’s Leadership Volunteer of the Year

Bill Stemmler, vice president and branch manager at Iberia Bank, was recently named Leadership Volunteer of the Year at Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee’s 2014 State Impact Awards.

 

(From l to r): Dwayne Spencer, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis; Colleen Dudley, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee; and Bill Stemmler, vice president and branch manager, Iberia Bank 

 

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis nominated Stemmler, a former board president, in recognition of his six years of board service. He joined Memphis Habitat’s board in 2008 and became president in 2010, serving an unprecedented three years in that role. During his time as president, Memphis Habitat completed its first-ever planned development Trinity Park; relocated its headquarters and opened its successful ReStore; accessed its first federal funding through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program; and expanded its mission with Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, which conducts critical home repairs in the Uptown neighborhood.

“Bill has provided guidance and support through some of the most exciting years in our affiliate’s history, and I can’t overstate his impact on the organization. In his time on the board, Bill has seen a true sea change in the way we do business, and through it all, he has been a constant – a constant supporter, a constant advocate and, most importantly, a constant leader,” said Dwayne Spencer, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis. “I can think of no better way to honor his service than for Habitat Tennessee to name him Leadership Volunteer of the Year.”

The Habitat Tennessee State Impact Awards recognize individuals and groups that have significantly impacted the lives of residents and communities and made tremendous strides in supporting Habitat for Humanity’s quest to end poverty housing. Nominations for the State Impact Awards were reviewed by a five-person selection committee made up of at-large Habitat Tennessee board members. Selection committee members included Ted R. Fellman, senior vice president for Raymond James; Trish Holiday, M.A., SPHR, assistant commissioner and chief learning officer for the Tennessee Department of Human Resources; Sen. Jim Tracy; Mayor Jo Matherne of Brownsville; and Steve Ruckart, founder of RAI Advisors.

Awards were issued in 12 categories during Habitat Tennessee’s annual State Affiliate Conference in Murfreesboro July 23. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis also took home the 2014 Favorite ReStore Award.

 

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis is dedicated to eliminating poverty housing in the Memphis area by creating sustainable, affordable homeownership opportunities for families in need and providing critical home repairs to low-income homeowners. Since its founding in 1983, Memphis Habitat has built more than 430 homes in the Memphis area, completed 70-plus critical repair projects in Uptown and funded the construction of 64 homes abroad. Habitat houses are built with volunteer labor and sold to partner families, at no profit and with no interest charged. Partner families make a down payment, attend a multi-week homebuyer education course and invest hundreds of hours of “sweat equity” into the construction of their homes and other Habitat homes.

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Posted by Jessica Hord at 10:21 AM
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