ATLANTA, Ga. — July 11, 2011 — Atlanta Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce that Larrie Del Martin, president and CEO, and board member Susan Bixler have been selected as Women of Excellence by Business to Business magazine.
Now in its 13th year, this distinguished program honors outstanding professional women who have contributed to and shaped the greater Atlanta civic and business community. This year, 16 honorees from both for-profit and nonprofit organizations will be recognized at the Atlanta History Center on July 22.
Since 1997 when Martin joined the staff of Atlanta Habitat, she has enthusiastically promoted its mission to partner with working families to build green, quality homes and is a respected voice for affordable housing in the city. As president and CEO, she oversees “six companies in one” that cover all phases of Atlanta Habitat operations: construction, real estate, education, mortgage banking, fundraising/communications and retail. Martin manages a staff of 42 and a budget of more than $8 million.
Martin is proud Atlanta Habitat has built more than 1,100 houses for more than 4,000 family members. As a leader she says, “I like to think I’m a person who listens and coaches but is clear about expectations. I try to provide opportunities for staff to learn and grow – and to have some fun along the way,” said Martin.
Susan Bixler, a widely recognized author, speaker, executive coach and expert in leadership development, is the CEO and founder of Bixler Consulting Group. Bixler founded her company, originally The Professional Image, in 1980 and is a trusted partner to over 1,500 businesses and corporations. She has been quoted in more than 70 national publications and has been interviewed by notable media outlets such as Good Morning America and The Wall Street Journal Report. In 2007, Bixler Consulting Group sponsored the 1001st Atlanta Habitat house, a building milestone for the organization.
Bixler joined Atlanta Habitat’s board of directors in 2008, offering an impressive amount of business acumen and bringing a strong voice for empowering staff and supporting the organization’s mission. Previously, she served on the Advisory Council and is a charter member of The Clark Howard Society.
“Susan chairs the board’s Human Resources committee and provides invaluable advice to our organization,” said Martin. “She never says ‘no,’ whether strengthening our organization or helping us open new channels of interest by telling our story to business colleagues.”
The Business to Business awards luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m, with an honorees-only reception on the previous day at the offices of Towers Watson.
About Atlanta Habitat for Humanity
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, one of more than 1,500 U.S. affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable housing to working families. Since 1983, volunteers from corporations and from faith-based and civic organizations have worked in partnership with qualified homebuyers to construct affordable, green, quality homes, which are then purchased through no-interest mortgages. To date, Atlanta Habitat has built more than 1,100 homes in the city of Atlanta and the metropolitan area. For more information, please visit www.atlantahabitat.org or call 404-223-5180.