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Muddy But Worth It: Spring 2014 Executive Build Day Recap

Muddy But Worth It: Spring 2014 Executive Build Day Recap

 

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!

Click HERE to view a photo gallery from Executive Build Day.

Memphis Habitat is now hosting Executive Build Day TWICE per year! If you or your company would like to get involved, please contact Mary Claire Borys at 901.322.3510 or mcborys@memphishabitat.com.  

Posted by Jessica Hord at 2:49 PM
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