Thursday, July 14, 2011

Board Member of the Month: Dan Gemme

Join the Rebuilding Together Seattle community in welcoming Dan Gemme, VP of Operations at Turner Construction, to our Board of Directors!  Dan previously served on the Board for the Rebuilding Together Portland affiliate.  We are all very excited to have Dan join the RTS board!!

“We are thrilled to have Dan join our Board," RTS Executive Director, Margie Thirlby said.  "Dan will bring a wealth of Rebuilding Together experience to our affiliate through his involvement in Portland and Pittsburgh.  Dan will be instrumental in helping fine tune and further develop our programs through his personal and professional networks.   Dan’s positive attitude, leadership, and support of our mission will be an asset to RTS.”

Dan (right) with co-project manager, Tony Sanchez,
at the Sounders FC and Turner Construction Rebuilding Day

1. How did you first get involved with RTS? 

I was first introduced to Rebuilding Together by a friend in Pittsburgh about 15 years ago.  My first experience was that of a House Captain on the home of an elderly woman.  During the planning of the project, I was able to spend a considerable amount of time with her discussing everything from the color of paint to the meaning of life.  Throughout the short period of time that our paths crossed, I was touched by her stories about her family and friends and inspired by her graciousness.

2. What do you enjoy most about being a board member for RTS? 

I enjoy working with a group of individuals who thrive on making things happen!  It's always been interesting to me how a group of people from entirely different backgrounds can band together for a great cause.  I find it energizing to see the difference we can collectively make on the lives of people in need of little help.

3.  What are your hopes for RTS in the years to come?  

It's no secret that the recent economy has had detrimental impact on our community.  Because of this, the services that we provide have become ever more important to low-income homeowners.  It's vital that we strive to increase our ability to help through strategic partnerships and by maximizing the value of every dollar spent.

Dan (right) with the homeowners, Sounders players,
and co-project manager, Tony (left)

Welcome, Dan!!

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