Triangle Business Journal: Local CEOs lend a hand to Habitat

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Blog post by Bryan Michael Hamilton, Publisher, Triangle Business Journal.

The storms and a chilling wet air didn’t keep Triangle CEOs away from this year’s annual Habitat for Humanity CEO Build. Habitat developed this program in 2011 in the Triangle, to bring leaders together to swing a hammer for those in need.

I enjoyed joining this impressive group for my second year. It strikes something deep inside you when you see top officers likeBob Greenberg with IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM), Frank Holding Jr. with First Citizens Bank (Nasdaq: FCNCA), Kari Stoltz withBank of America (NYSE: BAC) and about 20 others who gave their time to raise walls for families that desperately need affordable housing.

Kevin Trapani, President and CEO of The Redwoods Group and one of the leadership committee members for this build, pointed out that our companies need to think about more than just dollars and more than just human capital in order to truly make a community impact.

Keep in mind, putting CEOs on construction duty doesn’t necessarily guarantee quality craftsmanship. A quick look around the site and one could see bent nails, crooked stud placement and even a wall that was assembled upside down. Good thing the Habitat staff is around on a 1-to-1 ratio to swoop in, work their miracles and end up with a finished product they can be proud of.

We had a few good laughs over our efficiency as CEOs and called it a day.

CEO Build

Habitat Success Stories

Lal is a Burmese refugee who came to Durham after stops in India and Thailand. Lal partnered with Habitat and the Durham Literacy Center to renovate a historic home in East Durham. "There is no more fear," Lal said. "We won't have to move again because the home belongs to us."