Upstate CEOs Raise Wall for Habitat Greenville’s 350th New Home

March 02, 2018

On Thursday, March 1, 2018, Upstate partner CEOs, Habitat Greenville team and community members kicked off the sixth annual CEO Build for future homeowner Betty Powers and her son Quinn. This marks the start of construction for Habitat Greenville’s 350th new home.

28 CEOs and their respective organizations, led by former Michelin executive Dick Wilkerson, are supporting the 2018 CEO Build (see full list below). According to Habitat Greenville President and CEO Monroe Free, “We all know there is an affordable housing crisis in our community. It really is a testament to our business community that so many local leaders have chosen to support this home and this family in their quest for strength, stability and self-reliance through homeownership.”

Thursday’s wall raising is a significant milestone in the Powers family’s journey to peace of mind and stability. As a mother of a child with disabilities, Betty can now feel secure that Quinn will always have a safe place to call home. She will complete 25 hours of Habitat’s homeownership education classes as well as 200 hours of “sweat equity,” building her home and the homes of other Habitat homeowners. She will pay an affordable, zero interest mortgage for the home.


Dick Wilkerson, 2018 CEO Build Chair

AFL, Jody Gallagher, President & CEO

Auro Hotels, DJ Rama, President & CEO

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Craig McCoy, CEO

Community Foundation of Greenville, Bob Morris, President

Complete Public Relations, John Boyanoski, President

Corley Plumbing Air Electric, Chris Corley, Owner

Eastern Industrial Supplies, Kip Miller, President & CEO

Ethox Chemicals, LLC, Chuck Hinton, President

Find Great People, John Uprichard, CEO

Fluor, James Brown, Greenville Office Vice President & General Manager

Greenville County Redevelopment Authority, Doug Dent, CEO

Greater Greenville Association of Realtors, Nick Sabatine, CEO

Greenville Chamber, Carlos Phillips, President & CEO

Greenville Health System, Mike Riordan, CEO of the Strategic Coordinating Organization

Greenville Technical College, Dr. Keith Miller, President

KC Max Creations, Kevin Corbitt, President & CEO

Lockheed Martin, Don Erickson, Site Director

Meritage Homes, Steve Hahn, Division President

Renewable Water Resources, Joel Jones, Chief Technical Officer

SC Telco FCU, Steve Harkins, President & CEO

Southern Fried Green Tomatoes, Kevin Baluch, Owner

Southern Harmony, LLC, James Covington, Jr. (Josh), Owner/Operator

Spinx, Steve Spinks, CEO

Ten at the Top, Dean Hybl, Executive Director

The Blood Connection, Delisa English, President & CEO

United Way of Greenville County, Meghan Barp, President & CEO

Wal-Mart Distribution, Maurice Nunn, Assistant General Manager

Warehouse Services, Inc, M. Jill Cox, CEO & Barry Cox, President

This project is made possible with support from the SC Association for Community Economic Development and South Carolina Ports Authority.



NOTE: We had to do the wall raising inside due to weather conditions on the build site, so CEOs raised and signed studs with encouraging messages to the homeowners in the nearby Staunton Bridge Community Center.