Ed Blake was hired as the executive director for the Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity on August 15, 2011.
Ed has worked as executive vice president for Marketing Specialists and as a real estate agent with RE/MAX. It was his work with RE/MAX that started his involvement with Habitat for Humanity. The organization came to him for help finding properties for families back when the housing market was booming.
“I like Habitat for Humanity because it reaches far into the community and benefits it,” says Ed. “It’s not just a handout. It’s a family that is struggling to have a better life, and they are willing to pay back” for other families to have the same opportunity.
Ed began his participation with the Habitat for Humanity in a volunteer capacity in 2000. He served two terms on the board and spent time as president of the board. When Habitat for Humanity decided to open the ReStore, Ed spearheaded the operation as chairman of the ReStore Committee.
During his time with Habitat for Humanity, Ed has seen the organization grow from doing just family work out of an 800 square foot office to participating in the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative and running a retail store that has about 30,000 square feet.
Ed has been in Salt Lake City all his life. His wife of 21 years and he have raised four sons.
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