Leadership in Action: Lucas Harrison & His Raleigh Outreach

This week CBI’s Leadership in Action series features Lucas Harrison, Director of Sales & Business Development in CBI’s Raleigh location. Our Leadership in Action series is published bi-weekly on the CBI blog and shares the stories of CBI Associates who exemplify our Live Love Serve Philosophy – the idea that it is our duty to love and serve all individuals God places into our lives. Lucas has been part of CBI for a little over 18 months, and while he is proving himself as a leader in the office, he is also doing an excellent job leading in his community and providing support to others in a variety of ways. 

We talked to Lucas about his passion for giving back and about some of the organizations he is involved in. Keep reading to learn more about how Lucas regularly shares his talents with others. 

Q: What is your involvement in your local community? 
Lucas: There are really three different community organizations that I regularly support. I’m a member of CoreNet Carolinas, First Tee of the Triangle and Innovate Raleigh. I sit on committees for each of these organizations and take an active role in planning and volunteering wherever I am needed. 

Q: Wow it sounds like you are busy. Tell us a little bit more about your involvement with CoreNet Carolinas. 
Lucas: CoreNet Carolinas is an industry organization that I learned about through my role at CBI. CoreNet’s mission is to advance the practice of corporate real estate through professional development opportunities, publications, research, conferences, chapters and networking groups. I serve on the Young Leaders Committee for the Carolinas Chapter and play a role in planning and organizing key CoreNet events as well as recruiting volunteers to serve with me on the committee. 

Q: Interesting. What types of events do you help organize? 
Lucas: Typically, we like to get all the Young Leaders together for a networking or educational event once a month, but the COVID-19 pandemic has changed that this year. While we were previously meeting in person, now the committee has been challenged to find new ways to keep everyone involved and connected. We just hosted a virtual trivia event for the Young Leaders that had a really great turnout. We are also working on expanding our virtual reach to include round table discussions, key note speakers and lessons learned type events so we don’t end up losing momentum on supporting CoreNet’s mission.

Q: So how about First Tee of the Triangle. Tell us more about your involvement with that organization. 
Lucas: First Tee of the Triangle is an organization I am very passionate about. First Tee uses the game of golf to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices. We have kids from all different backgrounds participating in First Tee, and we work actively to create a space of belonging for every child that comes into our program. We offer several programs for kids of all ages, and whether they are getting lessons on the driving range or playing nine holes in a group, these children have a place where they can connect and learn from one another.  

Q: First Tee sounds like it is really doing a lot for children in Raleigh. How do you support the organization in your role? 
Lucas:  I serve on a committee at First Tee that is responsible for fundraising for the organization. First Tee can’t be successful without donations and financial support from those in our community. We cover the cost of clubs, greens fees and lessons for the kids in our programs which is why it’s important for us to achieve our fundraising goals each year. 

Earlier this year, our committee planned and hosted a “KidAm” Golf Tournament where each group playing was paired with a child in the First Tee program. This event not only raised money for the organization, but it also gave the kids an opportunity to meet adults in their community and grow their network. A big part of golf is learning how to leverage and build relationships for future endeavors. This event allowed the kids to work on their relationship building and make connections with community leaders who might be able to help them in the future.  

And most recently, we hosted our largest fundraiser of the year which was a virtual event called A Night for Champions. Although virtual this year, we actually broke our fundraising record and surpassed all the donations we received from previous years when the event was in-person. It was really fantastic, and we were thrilled to see so many people who wanted to support First Tee and our kids.  

Q: Ok, First Tee sounds fantastic. Now what about Innovate Raleigh? 
Lucas: Well, Innovate Raleigh is an organization that was started in partnership with the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. This organization is committed to making Raleigh a top center for innovation and entrepreneurship. The idea behind the group is to provide knowledge, capital and resources for new entrepreneurs in and around Raleigh. I serve on the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Sub-committee and get to collaborate with new entrepreneurs about their business ideas and help connect them with the people who can help put their business into motion.

Q: So, Lucas, you are obviously very passionate about serving your community. Do you want to tell us a little bit about what motivates you personally?  
Lucas: Well as you know, the CBI purpose is to love and serve our clients, associates and communities. A huge reason I came to work for CBI is because of how much the leadership and Associates believe in and support this purpose. I lean heavily on my faith and am a big believer in giving back to others who may not be as fortunate or have the same opportunities I did. I love that CBI encourages Associates to regularly support their local communities and think that anytime we can do some good for others we should. 

Lucas is truly a Leader in Action in Raleigh, and we thank him for being a part of our Leadership in Action series. Learn more about CoreNet Carolinas, First Tee of the Triangle, and Innovate Raleigh by visiting their websites and check back Monday, November 30, 2020 for another story.