“My Dad [Irving Schottenstein] got involved [with Homeport] I think at Don Kelley and Bob Weiler’s prodding. It didn’t take all that much. He had such great respect for Don and Bob, as do I,” Schottenstein said, raising his hand.
“I really didn’t know at that time what it meant to him (in 1987) but grew to know that it meant a lot to him,” Schottenstein said of Homeport’s affordable housing mission.
Schottenstein took over M/I Homes with his father’s passing in 2004, and M/I has remained a steadfast champion of Homeport.
“I hope we have done a good job supporting this organization. You do all the hard work,” he told Homeport employees. “I am very proud to be here. I am humbled by the honor.”
Schottenstein said the recognition of M/I Homes at Homeport’s upcoming annual gala is a legacy honor. “My Dad deserves the recognition. It is not false modesty. He clearly put his shoulder to the wheel on this. I didn’t … We have tried to continue the tradition and we have every intention of maintaining it.”
(Click on the video above to hear Robert Schottenstein’s full comments to Homeport staff about the Voice & Vision award he will be accepting for M/I Homes. The Voice & Vision gala is Oct. 24, 2019 at the Irving E. Schottenstein Theatre in the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts in New Albany.)