On Friday, March 28, Habitat for
Humanity of Greater Memphis hosted its second annual Executive Build Day in
Uptown. At this exciting (and, this year, muddy!) event, business and community
leaders came together for a unique volunteer experience.
The goal of Executive Build Day is to
show local leaders what Habitat is all about – an opportunity for organizations
to help qualified local families build and buy homes for the first time and
build camaraderie among employees in the process. Being an executive doesn’t
mean you can’t get a little muddy, especially for a good cause!
Mary Claire Borys, Habitat
Partnership Manager, recalls how committed executives were to their task. “I asked Kevin Adams, CEO of CB Richard
Ellis Memphis, if he was sure about diving right into the mud. At that moment,
one of his colleagues exclaimed, ‘He wasn’t born a CEO!’ as they stepped off
the porch into the mud, excited to get to work and get dirty,” Borys said.
“On the Habitat build site, we’re all the same – just working to do a
good job building a home for a deserving family – and the spirit I saw on
Executive Build Day was a great example of that.”
The participants not only had fun
that day, but accomplished a lot too. They installed all of the siding on a
one-story, five-bedroom house! As on all Habitat build days, participants had
the opportunity to work alongside the families that work so diligently to buy
their first homes. Getting to hammer nails and put up siding with the families really
gets to the heart of the Habitat program.
Borys sums up the event by explaining,
“There’s nothing like being covered in
mud together to promote relationships between our local business leaders. Even
though it was super messy, everyone worked hard and had a good time.”
Thank you to all the executives who
attended Spring 2014 Executive Build Day and to our hosts, Ed Clark, President & Retired CEO
of FedEx Trade Networks
and James L. Robinson
III, PsyD, CEO of Methodist South Hospital. It was a great day!
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