Terri Haack has supported Habitat for Humanity for many years. She is currently an active member of our Board of Directors, giving of her time and resources generously, all while running one of LA’s premiere resort hotels, Terranea. To our delight, Terri is also helping to plan our annual fundraiser, The Los Angeles Builders Ball, as part of our 2018 Host Committee.
What motivates this power woman to give so much to Habitat LA and her community? We thought you’d never ask!
What or Who inspires you (or motivates) you to give back in your community?
Supporting our local community and our precious natural habitat is paramount for Terranea. We are honored to aid in the enhancement of the greater Los Angeles area and to help families achieve stability for a stronger future. With our unique location on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, it’s always been important to us to maintain a relationship with the local community—and we feel privileged to live and work in this special place.
Why do you support Habitat for Humanity? How long have you been involved?
There is so much more to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) than building homes. They are building communities. They build hope and improve the lives of thousands of individuals in our own backyard. By supporting Habitat LA through volunteerism and donations to support affordable housing, we hope to help families achieve the stability and self-reliance they need to build a better future.
I first became involved with Habitat for Humanity in Charleston, South Carolina, where I was operating another Destination Hotels resort. Habitat for Humanity has long been a partner of our organization on the corporate level through Destination Hotels. As our support has grown over the years through our company efforts, we really wanted to become more involved in our own community—on a local level—and that is how we were introduced to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles.
I have been a proud member of the Board of Directors for Habitat LA for several years now, and I have also been inspired by the business acumen of Erin Rank, the CEO, for over 20 years. Her sense of commitment to the families, her keen awareness of need areas and potential land availability for development and redevelopment has been a great learning experience for me.
Do you have a superpower?
From early on in my childhood and throughout my career as a hospitality executive, I have always had a passion to create and deliver exceptional environments and extraordinary experiences for others. People often share that Terranea feels like their second home, it is a tremendous honor for myself and our associates to have the opportunity to successfully create that for our guests and the community.
What does “home” mean to you?
Home is a special place where you feel welcome, comfortable, and secure, and that you share with the people you love. I, along with the dedicated resort team, am honored at the opportunity to help create homes for our surrounding community.
More about Terri Haack
Terri A. Haack
President, Terranea Resort
Terri Haack’s distinguished career spans more than 35 years in hotel and resort operations management. As President of Terranea Resort, she is responsible for the 102-acre, luxury destination. Under her leadership, the resort has achieved growth in revenues and profitability and her service culture of ‘seeking moments to be extraordinary’ has led to national recognition by Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure as a top resort, and Los Angeles’ Top Places to Work.
Terri serves on the American Hotel & Lodging Association Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and is Chairman of the Educational Foundation Scholarship Committee; is the Chairman of the California Hotel & Lodging Association; and a member of the Board of Directors for Habitat For Humanity and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Terri is a founding Board Member and President of the Women In Lodging Executive Council and founding member of Women In Leadership within Two Roads Hospitality.
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