MOBILE, Ala. – Hobby Lobby CEO David Green said a foundation of prayer is the key element in running a successful business.
“On my worst days, prayer was the answer,” Green said at the 14th annual University of Mobile Scholarship Banquet on Oct. 1 at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center in downtown Mobile. The Scholarship Banquet is the largest fundraising event each year for the Christian university.
University of Mobile alumna Chelsey Sayasane, co-host of Studio10 at WALA FOX10, interviewed Green throughout the night. She shared her own personal story about how the University of Mobile prepared her to integrate her faith into her professional calling.
Dr. Lonnie Burnett, president of the University of Mobile, said the Hobby Lobby founder lives out the kind of servant leadership that the University of Mobile instills into their students.
“If we can teach our students servant leadership, we have put in a good day’s work,” Burnett said.
The university’s Voices of Mobile ensemble performed several songs for the evening.
Hobby Lobby opened their first store back in 1972. There are now over 850 stores in 46 states and over 37,000 Hobby Lobby employees.
Green said he has always felt his calling was in retail, and he told about how God is anointing him to do ministry through his job as the CEO of Hobby Lobby.
“Whatever God gives you to do, do your very best,” said Green as he encouraged students to not wait until they land the perfect job to start doing well, but to do your best at whatever you are doing at the moment.
Green was accompanied by his wife Barbara and expressed how they both believe in spending time in prayer and following the Word of God.
The Green family is devoted to family, faith and their business.
David and Barbara have been married 58 years and are the proud parents of two sons and one daughter: Mart Green, chief strategy officer of Hobby Lobby; Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby; and Darsee Lett, vice president of art/creative. Son-in-law Stan Lett, is executive vice president of Hobby Lobby. Together, they enjoy 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. They are actively involved at their church as well as many national and international Christian ministries and charities.
The UM Scholarship Banquet brings speakers of national prominence to the Mobile area while raising scholarships for UM students. Previous UM Scholarship Banquet speakers were New York Times best-selling author and leadership expert John Maxwell, Fox News Channel’s chief political anchor Bret Baier, neurosurgeon and presidential candidate Ben Carson, President George W. Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, Col. Oliver North, presidential candidate and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, Georgia Gov. and U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, and New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews.
About the University of Mobile
The University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in over 75 academic programs. Founded in 1961, the University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.
For more information about the University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.