Charlotte CEO helps employees spread the wealth

Charlotte CEO helps employees spread the wealth

Print
Email
|

by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC Charlotte

Bio | Email | Follow: @MichelleBoudin

WCNC.com

Posted on December 21, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 23 at 5:12 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The CEO of Charlotte-based company Lending Tree is helping his employees share the joy of the season.

He gave them $30,000-- to give away.

They are used to dealing with money at Lending Tree's home offices in Charlotte, but this is a little bit different.

Piles of cash divvied up among employees who were told to spread the wealth. CEO Doug Lebda said, “We were gonna do a year-end gift, we were thinking about iPads.

Instead he decided to give all 160 Charlotte staffers $200 to give to someone else.

“I’ve had people hugging me today, I’ve had people really excited around the office. I haven’t seen this much excitement in 15 years in the company,” Lebda said.

Nick Chapman’s wife is a kindergarten teacher. One of her students is homeless.

“I figured if I could do anything to help this kid have something on Christmas... it will go a long way for him,” he expressed.

Michelle Robbe said, “A couple of my sales reps are pooling money and helping a veteran who is homeless right now.”

Another group pooled their money and gave it to the Ronald McDonald house.

Print
Email
|