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Professional development and community engagement are what Luke found most valuable about his LSC experience. He’s actively involved with several area nonprofits including Rise Up For Homes, Sister Rose House, the United Way, and Junior Achievement. “Serving the community and others has instilled a greater sense of gratitude ad has changed my outlook on life.”

What do you do professionally?

I am a Commercial Relationship Manager at BankFive.I am responsible for establishing new commercial relationships and maintaining/growing existing relationships. My goal is to see everyone succeed one way or another, and I am thankful to be a part of the solution for business owners.

How are you involved in the community and what motivates you to engage? 

I love being involved in the community. I volunteer twice a month at the Sister Rose Shelter, serve on the advisory committee with Rise Up For Homes, serve on the board at the Southcoast Chamber, assist the United Way of Greater New Bedford in several capacities, and teach for Junior Achievement. I am also very involved with the local church, New Life Southcoast. Serving the community and others has instilled a greater sense of gratitude and has changed my outlook on life.

What did you find most valuable about the LSC experience and how did it contribute to your community leadership?

LSC was instrumental in my growth as a leader. The curriculum and the monthly meetings opened my eyes to new innovative ways to think and problem solve. Above all, I was able to work on a project that was near and dear to my heart (Rise Up For Homes), which I now assist in a greater capacity. I am beyond thankful for what Jennifer and Tracy have done with this program. I would recommend that every employer should jump on board.

Describe your leadership in one word.

This isn’t exactly humble, but I would say humility. True leadership begins with humility.   

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