…walk into a bar.  No, seriously.  Last Friday, we hosted the Triangle Business Journal’s (TBJ) annual 40 Under 40 leadership award winners.  I had the opportunity to work on our Apex build site with these young leaders from throughout the Triangle region.  My afternoon crew consisted of the aforementioned pair of lawyers, a marketing professional, and a pharmacist.

At Habitat, this is how we build.  It’s not accidental.  Our mission statement says that we seek to put God’s love into action by bringing people together.  We’ve learned over the years that it’s not just about construction projects, but more so about the relationships that are built in the process.

What can two lawyers, a pharmacist and a marketing guy get done in a few short hours?  Well, they completed the exterior house wrap on one home and then jumped over and helped put on the top plates on the house next door to ready it for roof truss installation.  If you ask them, I’m sure they would tell you they were pleased with what they accomplished, but I’m sure they’d add that they had an opportunity to get to know each other while they worked—something that TBJ seeks to do among the 40 Under 40 cohort.

Yesterday at lunch we celebrated with these 40 Under 40 winners and thanks to a clever idea from TBJ publisher, Bryan Hamilton, we raised over $10,000  to keep building for more families in need.  For each word beyond three that an award winner uttered in their acceptance speech—they agreed to donate $25 for Habitat!  Check out this year’s 40 Under 40 class.