NAHB Mourns Associate Leader Jerry Cowan

Filed in Membership by on August 17, 2017 0 Comments

Gerald “Jerry” Cowan, a longtime and dedicated member from Greensboro, N.C., passed away July 29.

Across the Federation, Mr. Cowan was heralded as someone who was always ready to help, never afraid to reach for a goal, and blessed with a tirelessly encouraging spirit.

Accruing over 2,587 Spike Credits, making him an All-Time Big Spike, Mr. Cowan was one of the most celebrated member recruiters in the Federation. He traveled and mentored colleagues across the Carolinas. He spent time with fellow members, prospective member, and HBAs, teaching the value of NAHB membership and how to get more people in the industry on board.

He served on the NAHB Board of Directors, Membership Committee, Associate Members Committee, Associates Outreach Network, CGB Board of Governors and Associate Advisory Council.

During his tenure with NAHB, Mr. Cowan earned his CAPS designation and won the 2013 Associate of the Year and the 2015 Bill Polley awards. He also was a 2011 Society of Honored Associates inductee.

Mr. Cowan recently retired from Builders Mutual Insurance, but continued working hard for the Federation and the housing industry.

He was a member of the Greensboro Builders Association as well as eight other local associations in North and South Carolina.

“While Jerry was an official member with the Greensboro HBA, he ‘adopted’ others, and the Wilkes-Yadkin HBA was one of them,” said Marshall Long, HBA of Wilkes & Yadkin County EO. “Throughout the past 17 years, whenever I asked Jerry if he had a moment for a question, his response was, ‘Always, for you.'”

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation or to the Harmony Music School at Hinshaw Methodist Church in Greensboro. Read his full obituary here.

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