Crusader athletic teams traveling to Florida for National Christian College Athletic Association tournaments would often stop at Steve Board’s home in McDonough, GA. Board said the student-athletes were “a riot” and enjoyed treating them to dinner during their visits.
“One day, my wife (Pat) looked at me and told me, ‘You seem to be at your happiest around those kids,’ ” Steve Board said.
The more Board contemplated his wife’s observation, the more he mulled a change of scenery. Board said he will leave his post as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Carter Brothers and join Maranatha’s Business Department faculty on Jan. 1.
“This is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Board said. “I do enjoy college kids, but I also wanted to do something of value other than just earning a living. I am going from supporting a ministry to being a part of a ministry.”
Board, 57, has more than 30 years of experience in building design, project and facilities management, marketing and sales, and construction activities. He was Director of Business Development for Barton Malow Company in Sterling Heights, MI, from 1993-2001 before joining Carter Brothers.
“Mr. Board offers the students of Maranatha’s Business Department instruction in business management and marketing drawn from impressive career experience and training in key posts in industry,” Business Department Chair Dr. Corey Pfaffe said.
“While serving in the business community, he has consistently demonstrated Christian character and insight. Personally, I have been greatly encouraged in my contacts with Steve for more than a decade. You can see his balanced humility and gratitude for the career opportunities God has provided him.”
Board will also resign his position on Maranatha’s Board of Trustees, one he has held since 2003. College bylaws prohibit full-time teaching faculty from board membership.
Pfaffe said Board will teach marketing and communication classes as well as Principles of Management and International Business.
Board earned his bachelor’s degree from Lawrence Technological University. He was trained in architecture, but his first jobs were as a building inspector and facilities manager. His primary responsibility at Barton-Malow was in sales and marketing for large public assembly sites, including stadiums and convention centers. His projects included Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati Bengals), Soldier Field (Chicago Bears), Gillette Stadium (New England Patriots), Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles), Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros), and Nationwide Arena (Columbus Bluejackets).
John Carter, Board’s former co-worker, and Cris Carter, former NFL wide receiver, formed Carter Brothers in 2001. The firm originally provided construction installation and management systems, but expanded in 2007 to include a fire and security division. Several publications have recognized Carter Brothers as one of the country’s fastest -growing minority-owned businesses.
Board’s three children—Stefanie (Broere), Bryan, and Alex—are all Maranatha graduates. Stefanie (‘00) and husband Andrew Broere (‘00) have three children. Bryan (‘03) and wife Kayce (Brockman, ‘11) are expecting their first child in October. Alex (’09) is a team leader for Soccer Without Borders in Nicaragua.
Steve Board will sell his home and leave behind his local church ministries as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, and head of the jail ministry team at the federal prison in nearby Hampton. He will also need to add some necessities for the move from Georgia to Wisconsin.
“My wife already told me what my birthday present is going to be—a snow blower,” Board said.