Mike Carscaddon, a CPA by training, keeps a photo on his bookshelf of the owner of the first Habitat house his church helped build in Charlotte, N.C.
“During that first build, I met and developed relationships with people who understood economic poverty in a way that I never had,” Carscaddon says. “It was a life-changing experience working with Habitat at that local level. And it’s been such a great experience of bringing together faith and profession in what I really consider my vocation.”
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a B.S. degree in accounting, Carscaddon began his career in banking. In 1994, he joined Habitat for Humanity as a controller, later becoming vice president of finance and chief financial officer. In 2000, he was asked to serve as senior vice president of Administration, and since 2003 has been executive vice president of Habitat’s International Division. In 2008, Carscaddon earned an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Carscaddon’s extensive travels with Habitat have given him the advantage of seeing life as it is truly lived in places far removed from the typical tourist path.
“The most amazing thing about traveling with Habitat is seeing how similar things are around the world, with people helping people,” he adds. “It’s heartwarming to see how Habitat’s principles play out in so many different contexts.”
And at the end of the day, he enjoys the feeling of knowing he’s making a difference.