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Larry Gluth’s first assignment as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity was simple, but essential: Bring coffee, and lots of it.
The senior vice president, U.S. and Canada, was working as an executive for Starbucks in Seattle, when East King County Habitat for Humanity (Redmond, Wash.) asked him to arrange for coffee at the site of a 20-house blitz build. Larry delivered a full-blown espresso cart including lattes, coffee and tea for the volunteers, and even arranged for about 80 Starbucks employees to sponsor a home and help with the build.
Larry continued his volunteer service with the East King County affiliate, joining the board of directors, where he served for five years, including two years as board chair.
When Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, Larry took a yearlong sabbatical from Starbucks and volunteered with HFHI’s Operation Home Delivery program. After a year, he returned to Starbucks but soon realized that his heart remained with the ministry of Habitat. With the support of his wife Gailynn, and son Connor, Larry joined Habitat full-time in January of 2007 to lead the operations of the U.S. and Canada area office.
Under Larry’s leadership, U.S. office programs and staff continue to evolve and innovate to support the needs of affiliates and the communities they serve. Implementing programs such as the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative and investing in a long-term strategy for Habitat ReStores has allowed Habitat for Humanity to serve more families in the United States in fiscal year 2011 than ever before.
A graduate of the University of Utah, Larry has served on various committees and boards over the years. He currently chairs the University of Utah’s National Advisory Council, and was recently asked to serve as a Trustee for the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, an international non-profit organization that promotes the understanding and practice of servant leadership.