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13 APRIL 2011 | CEO BUILD 2011

13 Apr , 2011

Yesterday, 12 area CEOs came together and began framing Shanita’s house at a site in Cary.  I was privileged to be able to spend the day working with them.

I told the CEOs that they didn’t have to make any decisions on site, but to “just do as you are told and we’ll all be OK.”  I introduced our construction manager Brad McHugh, as chairman of the board for the day and Ed Rogers our site superintendent, as chair of the audit committee.

CEO Build 2011 chair, Kevin Trapani of Morrisville-based The Redwoods Group reminded the group of how important community engagement is and why he feels Habitat is a good fit for the business community.  Each CEO or their company has provided $5,000 toward the sponsorship of this home and they’ve also agreed to send out work teams from their company to complete the home by the end of summer.

Homebuyer Shanita stopped by on her lunch break and each CEO offered words of wisdom and best wishes to Shanita and her family.  There was much love flowing around on the deck of the home.

There was no delegating, no conference calls, no photo opps.  Instead there was lots of hard work.  My deepest thanks go out to the team for their leadership in the community:

Kevin Trapani, The Redwoods Group

Kari Stoltz, Bank of America

Jack Clayton, Wachovia

Jeff Stocks, Manpower

David Baldwin, Baldwin &

Maria Kingery, Southern Energy Management

Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat

Dave Hausfeld, Drees Homes

Scott Hicks, Hicks Landscaping

Ray Carey, NeoNova

Rick Brajer, LipoScience

Special thanks, also, to other CEOs supporting this effort, but who could not join us onsite yesterday.  Unfortunately for us, duty called – one of these participants couldn’t be with us as he was testifying before Congress!

Kevin Schneider, Genworth Financial

Victoria Haynes, RTI

Eddie Douglas, ProBuild

Ken Eudy, Capstrat

Nick Vlahos, Burt’s Bees

Quote of the day:  “This feels like an earnings call.”  From Jim Whitehurst as a videographer took a close up of his hammering technique, scrutinizing his actions.

SHORTAGE OF HOUSING? | 2 APRIL 2011

3 Apr , 2011

At Thursday’s annual Habitat Blueprint Breakfast at the North Raleigh Hilton, our guest speaker, Frank Anton, a leading expert on the home building industry asked attendees how many believed that there is currently a housing shortage.  Of the nearly 600 attendees, 2 raised their hands.  Frank proclaimed that the others were wrong.

He went on to speak that despite the current general oversupply of housing in the U.S. market, there has always been and continues to be a shortage of affordable housing.  Frank, CEO of the Hanley-Wood Corporation, publishers of BUILDER magazine, reported that his company showed in its annual list of the top 100 home builders that Habitat for Humanity was the only top 10 builder to increase production in the past year.  He related that to the simple economics paradigm of supply and demand.

We are proud at Habitat Wake to be serving 21 families with new homes this year and 10 additional families through our A Brush With Kindness exterior home repair program.  We are currently working on plans for our next fiscal year budget to serve 25 families with new and/or substantially rehabilitated homes and 20 additional families through A Brush With Kindness.


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