The 18th Annual CEO Build brought together more than 40 corporate leaders to volunteer on a Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity construction site alongside Governor Tim Walz and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter. The local leaders volunteered their time at a Habitat development along Maryland Avenue in St. Paul’s North End neighborhood.
Governor Walz addressed the group in the morning and spoke to the ripple effect of stable housing. "If we are really concerned about what happens to our workforce, what happens to our children, what happens to our communities, stable housing is at the core of that and Habitat plays a key role," Walz said.
After the morning safety talk, the executives got to work. They split up across five houses and tackled tasks including framing, drywalling, painting, trim, and flooring.
The event was co-chaired by Andrea Walsh, CEO of HealthPartners, and Chris Hilger, CEO of Securian Financial. They teamed up to recruit other executives to participate and spoke during the lunchtime program about the importance of affordable homeownership, both for individual families and for the broader economic vitality of our region.
Read more about the 2019 CEO Build in the Star Tribune.
Check out a few highlights from the event:
B. Kyle, President/CEO of the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, painted in one of the homes on the site.
Jon Campbell, President of the Wells Fargo Foundation, working on trusses.
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Faegre Baker Daniels
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Lund Food Holdings
Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
PCL Construction Services
Renewal by Andersen
Schwan Food Company
SMSC Gaming Enterprise
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
St. Paul and Minnesota Foundations
St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
The KNW Group
The Toro Company