Leading and operating through Core Values makes all the difference. In this episode, Charlie Luck, President and CEO of the Luck Companies, talks about the moment he came to recognize the importance of core values and how, after that moment, he helpe...
Leading and operating through Core Values makes all the difference. In this episode, Charlie Luck, President and CEO of the Luck Companies, talks about the moment he came to recognize the importance of core values and how, after that moment, he helped his company identify and embrace its core values. The result was not just growth that had recently been elusive but a workforce with a heartfelt commitment to the company.
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President and CEO
As President and CEO of Luck Companies, Charlie Luck is the third-generation family member to lead the 100-year-old, privately held organization. Inspired by his father’s and his grandfather’s commitment to people, Charlie established Luck Companies’ mission to "ignite human potential through Values Based Leadership and positively impact the lives of others around the world."
This philosophy has fueled two decades of explosive growth–for the company and its associates and communities. Under Charlie’s leadership, the company has expanded into new markets and joined new communities, establishing new operations across the Southeast, including the Atlanta-Stephens Plant, the largest acquisition in company history. Today, Luck Companies is the nation’s largest and fastest-growing family-owned and operated aggregates company, with locations across Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. .
During Charlie’s time as CEO, Luck Companies has achieved its best safety record in company history and has been nationally recognized for employee engagement, innovative practices, and its progressive culture, demonstrating that safety, innovation and a commitment to people are connected in powerful ways.
Charlie began his career with the company in 1980 as a summer trainee while enrolled at Virginia Military Institute. He graduated in 1983 with a civil engineering degree. Charlie competed on the NASCAR circuit for four years before returning to Luck Companies. After working in many facets of the business, as well as attending several executive education programs at Darden School of Business (UVA), he rose to President and CEO in 1999. As the company celebrates its 100th anniversary, Charlie is focused on powering possibilities for associates and communities, ensuring an exceptional experience for customers, and broadening the impact of their mission for generations to come.
Charlie is founder and Chairman of Innerwill, a globally recognized non-profit dedicated to building better people, braver leaders and a wiser world through the transformation of organizations and individuals outside of Luck Companies. An Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award recipient and Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame inductee, Charlie has served on numerous boards, including: National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance, the Luck Foundation, Saint Christopher's School, YMCA, Virginia Military Institute's Jackson-Hope Fund, Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges, as well as the Robins School of Business Executive Advisory Council.