NAHB Mourns Passing of Clyde Anderson

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Clyde Anderson 2010After 50 years of active membership in his local, state and national association and a life well lived in work, family and community service, Clyde J. Anderson, 80, died Nov. 20 at the end of a long battle with cancer.

Mr. Anderson was a Life Director of the Dallas Builders Association and a faithful supporter of BUILD-PAC, NAHB’s political action committee, at both the state and national levels.

A friendly, engaging home building professional and natural salesman, Mr. Anderson was also credited with bringing more than 1,000 new members to the Federation.

“Long before social media connected the world and made business leads just a click away, Clyde Anderson developed his own network with good old-fashioned diligence,” said executive officer Phil Crone in a heartfelt Dallas BA website post. “The legendary building materials salesman never made a cold call.”

“A colleague who rode along with Clyde to learn the tricks of his trade asked him how that could be. Clyde replied, ‘I know everyone in this market and they know me. I see to that by being a member of professional organizations and never missing a meeting. I check the business journal for new business licenses and even ask the UPS drivers if they’ve noticed any new businesses coming in.'”

In 2004, NAHB named Mr. Anderson the Certified Graduate Associate of the Year and in 2006, he was recognized as the Associate of the Year by the Texas Association of Builders.

In September, the Dallas BA not only named him the Associate of the Year, but also renamed the award: The next top Associate member will be honored with the Clyde J. Anderson Associate of the Year award.

“For Clyde, the value of the product or service you sell is commensurate with the character of the individual who sells it. The notion may seem outdated to some, but in the building business it still holds true. Business relationships in this industry start by creating a personal rapport and trust in an individual to deliver on their promises. Clyde never failed in that respect,” Crone said.

A Celebration of Life was held Nov. 27 in Denton, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for contributions to Homes for Hope, a nonprofit organization that builds homes benefiting impoverished communities in the United States and around the world.

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