Jan Karl has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity for several years and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Habitat LA. Last year her company, Morley Builders, was honored as Builder of the Year during the 2017 Los Angeles Builders Ball, and this year she is a valuable member of our 2018 Builders Ball host committee.
We recently caught up with Jan to learn more about what drives her to give back to the community.
What or Who inspires you to give back to your community? My 88-year-old mother is my inspiration. She was my inspiration as a child and continues to be to this day. She is a lifelong volunteer and continuously helps others. She has been an avid volunteer all her life (while raising 5 kids) and I have witnessed her giving back and helping others since I was a child. She continues to give even as her own health declines.
Why do you support Habitat for Humanity? How long have you been involved? I support Habitat for Humanity because I believe in the mission – to help families in need – to fulfill the goal to have a place called home. In our business of construction, I see how Morley Builders’ projects add to economic growth and stability. New construction provides a brighter future and creates hopefulness. I’ve been involved with Habitat for the past few years and now serve as a Board Member.
Do you have a superpower? My superpower is a collection of drive, energy, and perseverance. At a recent event, Lee Rosen, Former Commander of Cape Canaveral and now top executive of SpaceX, said “Jan Karl is a Force of Nature. Her energy could launch a rocket without rocket fuel.” While I am honored and flattered by his adulations, I attribute my success to dedication and perseverance.
What does “home” mean to you? Home is where I go to recharge. It’s where I want to return, after a great trip or a bad day! Home is where the dog is waiting. Home is for the people and things that I love.
More about Jan Karl:
Construction insider Jan Karl spearheads Morley’s project development initiatives. Her focus is on guiding the company to its next era of success via smart, strategic growth. She works to align specific client and project needs to the capabilities of Morley’s in-house teams, always with an eye on identifying precisely the right project fits. Ultimately, she knows it has been our ethics and the upstanding way we do business that sets Morley apart; it has led to both a higher standard of construction quality and an impressive on-time, on-budget track record. Clients appreciate the investment she makes in long-term relationships, her extensive experience on the development side of corporate construction and her open and honest communications. Passionate about both quality construction and getting the word out about Morley’s differentiated service offerings, Jan foresees an exhilarating future both for those who choose to partner with Morley as well as for the company itself. As a leader, she beams with pride when she sees her teams taking initiative, anticipating and solving problems with an entrepreneurial spirit. Jan serves as President of the Los Angeles Headquarters Association, is a board member of the Los Angeles Business Council and actively participates as a past board member of Urban Land Institute and CoreNet.
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