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2019 40 Under 40: Hector Cruz, 32

Director of Alumni Engagement & Annual Fund, Evangel University; Founder/CEO, Let’s Do Lunch LLC

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Hector Cruz works behind the scenes to make connections and improvements at Evangel University. As director of alumni engagement, Cruz leads the team organizing homecoming weekend and fills the role of capital campaign manager, where he’s helped raise more than $2 million to install a new turf field, LED lighting, and baseball and softball scoreboards. He also teaches in the business department.

On the side, Cruz took part in the efactory’s business accelerator cohort in 2017, securing $30,000 in capital funding for Let’s Do Lunch, an app that organizes personal and business lunches. He also volunteers at Victory Mission, preparing and serving meals.

What was your first job? I graduated from Evangel on a Friday and started working the following Monday as an admissions counselor.

What is your proudest moment? When my kids say or do something that my wife and I have beat our heads against the wall trying to instill.

What is your best productivity hack? After reading “Getting Things Done” by David Allen, I’ve incorporated the idea of funneling all tasks through an “in-tray.” This allows me to have a landing place for any ideas as they come, clearing my head.

What’s your most treasured possession? Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” I want my heart to be with God, my family and the relationships that are important to me.

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