(MADISON) —Habitat for Humanity of Dane County CEO Perry Ecton will be leaving the Dane County affiliate to take a position as Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Broward County in Florida.
Ecton’s last day will be Tuesday, April 24. A search committee has been formed and is being led by Habitat’s Board President George Kamperschroer.
Ecton was hired as CEO in May of 2008. Today, the Dane County affiliate constructs about 18 Habitat for Humanity homes a year in Dane County and has served nearly 200 families since the affiliate was formed in 1987.
“Perry came to us with an incredible amount of experience and although I am sad to see him go, I am pleased to see that he will continue to work with Habitat for Humanity,” said Kamperschroer. “He helped our affiliate acquire and then rehab and build multi-family projects and new home developments all across Dane County. His enthusiasm will certainly be missed locally. We wish him all the best in his future endeavor.”
Ecton will begin his duties with Broward County on May 1. The Habitat affiliate, located in Fort Lauderdale, builds 25 homes a year with a staff of 19. The affiliate also operates a Habitat ReStore. Ecton’s mother lives in Broward County.
“By accepting this position, it allows me to continue to do the good work that Habitat for Humanity does and to also take care of my mother as she ages,” Ecton said.
Among his many accomplishments, Ecton spearheaded Habitat’s green building program and last May, Habitat Dane completed its first two homes registered with LEED Gold certification. Only 20 homes have received LEED certification in Wisconsin and Habitat Dane is the first Habitat chapter in the state to reach this status.
Habitat Dane is currently building in North and South Madison, Sun Prairie, Stoughton and recently finished homes in Mount Horeb and Windsor.
“I have really been blessed by coming to Madison and working with Habitat, and this experience has changed my life in several ways,” said Ecton. “I want to thank all the staff, the board members, the volunteers, and the family partners who have made this affiliate a star in the Habitat world.”
Habitat for Humanity of Dane County provides simple, decent, affordable housing for low-income working families who might not otherwise become homeowners. Eligible families pay monthly mortgage payments on a 0 percent interest loan, and contribute 325 to 375 hours of sweat equity in the building of their homes.
For more information, call 608-255-1549 or visit www.habitatdane.org.