National Underwriter Life & Health is happy to acknowledge William “Mack” Hull as the recipient of the 2011 Industry Elite Award winner for Community Outreach. Hull is the head of Capital Architects LLC, Overland Park, Kansas, and has been in the life insurance business for 36 years. But it was his work with the Heartstrings Community Foundation that won him this award.
Hull, along with his wife Anne, started Heartstrings as a 501(c)(3) foundation in their basement 10 years ago. Starting with virtually no budget, the Hulls have grown Heartstrings into a powerhouse with more than 50 staff, a $1 million annual budget and bright prospects for future growth.
Heartstrings works to enable adults with developmental disabilities to lead productive lives in the community through work or vocation. Heartstrings currently serves 50 adults with developmental disabilities and is financed by annual gifts, fundraising, charitable gifts and funds generated by the five businesses in which the individuals are actively engaged. Heartstrings also claims New York Life, Lincoln Financial, Applebee’s, American Academy of Family Physicians, Twin Financial and Red Development among other national and local clients that help it succeed in its mission.