Becker, Newins Get Their Hands Dirty at Annual CEO Build

Supporting our communities to help make them better places to live, work, play and raise a family is at our core.

This commitment goes all the way to the top. Recently, Tom Becker, President & CEO of Construction, and Dean Newins, President & CEO of Architecture & Engineering, participated in the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity's CEO Build.

The annual event included working on two new build homes in Minneapolis. Tom, who has participated in the past, took on a new role this year, serving as co-host. 

“It was an honor to be asked to co-host this year's CEO Build alongside Jay Lund, Chairman & CEO of Andersen Corporation," Tom said. “Opus and the Opus Foundation have long partnered with Habitat; it was a pleasure to participate and continue that tradition."

As co-host, Tom got his hands dirty but also spoke to the group during the lunch program. Tom reinforced Habitat's focus on racial equity by sharing how that is compatible with both the Opus Foundation's priorities and The Opus Group's DEI efforts. In between his co-hosting responsibilities, Tom used his carpentry skills by installing the kitchen cabinets in one of the homes.

Getting to know these leaders on a personal level has been a highlight of Tom's experience. “I really love this event," Tom said. “There are some very high-powered individuals in attendance, but everyone is just pitching in and figuring out how they can contribute to the task at hand. I had the opportunity to get to know business leaders that I've read about in the news on a personal level and witness them making a contribution to the community."


Our leaders have participated in the CEO Build for many years. Take a look back at some of the prior years:


Community stewardship is at the core of our organization and has been a pillar of our organization's history from the beginning. Learn more about our commitment.