ATLANTA (Oct. 15, 2009) – Ken Bensen, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity of Michigan, was inducted into the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame during an October 15 ceremonial banquet at Ferris State University. Bensen was lauded for his involvement in the building of more than 3,500 Habitat for Humanity homes throughout Michigan.
“Ken’s faithful service and the many talents he has devoted to Habitat are much appreciated. Affiliates in Michigan are indeed fortunate to have benefitted from his discipleship and pioneering spirit,” says Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International.
An ordained minister, Bensen founded the first statewide Habitat support organization and spent much of his early career organizing local affiliates and securing funding to build affordable homes. He has worked with Habitat for Humanity organizations in Armenia, the Philippines, Brazil, Romania and Thailand. In November, Bensen will travel to Vietnam to participate in the weeklong 2009 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, a build event for families throughout Asia’s Mekong region.
The Michigan Construction Hall of Fame serves as a permanent place to recognize and appreciate the endeavors of leaders of the Michigan construction industry. Selection criteria include achievement in technical, managerial and leadership areas; state or national prominence as a result of industry or community activities; and service to the profession and community.
Michigan Construction Hall of Fame inductees are selected by a committee of professionals representing the Associated Builders and Contractors, Associated General Contractors of Michigan, Construction Association of Michigan, Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, Michigan Association of Home Builders and Ferris State University Construction Technology and Management programs.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .