Immediate past chair of the Homeport Board of Directors, Bruce Luecke advises businesses and their owners and executives drawing on decades of upper management experience in the financial services industry. Bruce joined the Homeport board in 2009 when he was Vice President of Products and Services for Nationwide Bank, a subsidiary of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company that he was instrumental in starting.
Bruce's previous experiences include being Senior Vice President at Bank One Corporation (now JP Morgan Chase). It was there that he started and grew www.bankone.com. His responsibility extended to Bank One’s national ATM and debit card businesses.
Besides Homeport, Bruce has been a board member of the Community Development Collaborative of Greater Columbus. He also is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Circle for The Boler School of Business at John Carroll University, his alma mater.
Why are you passionate about the Homeport mission?
Homeport’s mission goes beyond just a roof over someone’s head. We create and nurture communities where our residents, young and old, have quality housing and are empowered with the education and services needed to create a stable family life.
What would you tell a friend who was considering getting involved with Homeport as a donor or volunteer?
Experience the mission! Take a tour or, better yet, volunteer your time at a Book Fair, a community project or even with administrative work. Nothing is too small to make an impact on both our residents and yourself.
What do you feel is the most critical aspect of affordable housing in Columbus and Central Ohio?
As Columbus continues to grow, unfortunately so does the number of individuals affected by homelessness. While it is important that Homeport continues to fulfill its mission, it will also be critical that all of the Central Ohio housing related organizations work together with the public and private sectors. It is not only socially important, but it impacts our community’s future economic development.