Former Corporate Executive Tapped To Lead Habitat For Humanity

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area has appointed business leader and former president of Olan Mills, David Butler, as its new executive director.

“His business acumen, knowledge and over 30 years of corporate experience will undoubtedly strengthen Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga’s business operation and philanthropic efforts,” said Lebron Womack, board member and chair of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga’s Search Committee.  “His leadership will enable us to further our mission of transforming lives in our community through building quality and affordable housing for working families.”

Prior to his appointment as executive director of Habitat, Mr. Butler served as the president of the Olan Mills Church Division for 10 years. In 2008, he was appointed as the company’s president.

“I am excited to be part of an organization dedicated to bettering the lives of families and strengthening communities,” said Mr. Butler. “I look forward to working with the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and the many supporters to expand opportunities of affordable homeownership to more families throughout the Greater Chattanooga area.”

A native of the New York City area, Mr. Butler is a graduate of Marietta College located in Marietta, Ohio. He and his wife reside in downtown Chattanooga and have lived in this area for 16 years.



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