A few weeks ago, we introduced you to our new president, Cal Zant. Today, we want to introduce you to another member of our leadership team. Corey Lusk, our new vice president of operations, started with the company over nine years ago! Here’s a little about his hopes for the employees of Betenbough Homes and why he’s excited to be in his new role:
How long have you been with the company and what was your first role within the company?
9-1/2 years, quality manager
In what ways have you changed since starting at Betenbough Homes?
I can’t possibly list all the ways I have changed since I have been at Betenbough Homes. I’ve grown in many areas. I certainly see a bigger kingdom purpose in my daily work here than I had in my previous jobs. My desire to help people grow is bigger today.
What are you most excited about it in your new role?
Its exciting to be a part of the Betenbough Homes leadership team. We (Cal Zant and Jeanna Roach) all served on the executive team together and have a great working relationship that helps each other solve problems in all areas of the company every day. We have a lot of respect for each other. My new role still allows me to connect with the same managers and same team members while we grow our company together. My excitement today about our company is greater because of the great possibilities and company growth. We could sell our homes in any city we choose to go to. That’s exciting!
What do you enjoy about working with the other leadership team members?
I enjoy lots of things, it’s hard to just pick one. They are both really passionate about our company and its mission. It doesn’t matter what we are working on, they always want the best in every situation. Seeing Jeanna’s passion for our company brand, while always striving to improve our customers’ experience before and after the sale, is inspiring to me. Cal amazes me at how he can bring information of all kinds together quickly, organized, and most of the time actionable, while not forgetting the people attached to whatever information he might be discussing. I’m honored to serve on the Betenbough Homes leadership team with both of these talented individuals.
Who do you see as a mentor and why?
Over the last 10 years Rick Betenbough and Bob Smithson have mentored me in this business. I brought my love of building homes and my faith with me and they have both taught me to do that in a way I could have never imagined. A way that has been more fulfilling than I could have ever dreamed. I was fortunate that Bob was here during my first seven years with the company, he has since retired. Bob guided me daily through many many disciplines that revolve around this business of a high volume builder and the nuts and bolts necessary to hold it together. Bob also challenged me to improve everything I was responsible for, to make our company better than I found it and to add value to our people. He did that in a sincere and caring way. Rick has always brought his passion for this business to me in my different roles along the way. One of those passions is “more home, less money”. You can’t help but support and defend this passion when you serve alongside of Rick in this mission. It’s the core of what we do as a value homebuilder. He has a unique way of getting you to leave your comfort zone and take courage to do what is best so that the team can go to the next level. Rick inspires others to be all that God has intended them to be.
What do you hope people take away from working here?
That there is a company that truly cares about you as a person, where you can come to work and connect with our mission, enjoy our culture and help us reach more people in more cities.
Our home building process takes lots of people and we get to interact with many people each day in addition to our homeowners. I hope our team enjoys being a part of other people’s lives and influencing them in a positive way. Walking life together is a very special thing.
What is one of your favorite Betenbough Homes memories?
I remember one family (all-company) meeting, down in the Permian Basin, where Rick Betenbough was discussing the company’s success, while forecasting the future and how neither was tied to the price of oil. This was in the midst of a time of uncertainty in the marketplace with a drastically declining oil price, which was resulting in mass layoffs all across West Texas.
It was a reminder of the blessings that God has given us, and how our future would be in God’s hands as we are faithful with what he has given each one of us. Rick and Holly concluded with a prayer as everyone in the company kneeled. It was an awesome memory of how our founder was keeping us grounded as to where our blessings and protection come from. Up to this time, I had never experienced such a special moment in a corporate setting.
What activities or hobbies do you enjoy?
On the weekends, I enjoy playing golf and working in the yard. Both of these allow me to enjoy the outdoors.
Thanks, Corey! We are so excited for you in your new role!