To show our appreciation for our volunteers, we turn the spotlight on them from time to time and learn what drives them day in and day out. Today, we meet volunteer Larry Heuvelman, CGR, CR of Lawrence Heuvelman Inc. in Antioch, IL.
A volunteer since 2008, Heuvelman currently volunteers as a CEDIA Group leader and an instructor.
Why do you volunteer?
When I was first involved in associations, so many gave freely and openly to me to help me and my business—now it's my turn!
(I have done it all my life: scouts, baseball coaching, etc.)
What’s your favorite CEDIA memory?
The people and relationships. Meeting and getting to know some of the best first-class people like Dave Chic, Peggy Ward, and Lisa McCord, to only name a few…
What’s your advice for new volunteers?
The best part is what you will learn. The more you give, the more you learn!
What would be the title of your autobiography? Just Starting...
What songs are on the soundtrack to your life?
Fight the Good Fight, by Triumph
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Where I am for six months or more, then probably Thailand. (Great weather, scuba diving, food, and people.)
What was the first thing you bought with your own money?
1979, Schwinn 10-Speed, just graduated 8th grade.
What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
Mostly organic food.
What is your favorite restaurant/color/sport/animal? Why?
I really miss my sweet-heart of a pit-bull...
What is your all-time funniest prank?
My dad taught me my sense of humor. He had all kinds of funny ways to answer the phone, and one time I tried it: “Heaven, God speaking!”
"Is your father there?" came from the other end of the phone. It was Fr. Gregory, my high-school principal.
I will often answer, “Dominos, pick-up or delivery?” It is fun to hear the pause as people look to see what number they dialed, or just start to place an order...