As that moment moved to the next several, I learned more about Ann Hagen from Barry Rutenberg, a home builder from Florida and immediate past NAHB Chairman of the Board, about the type of volunteer Ann was and how valuable she could be to our initiatives on our national Associate Members Committee. I also learned more about Ann from Ann herself. I found out that she had cancer but in spite of her illness she gave 100% and excelled as an associate volunteer, a true leader.
Looking back I realized Ann Garvey and Barry Rutenberg were extremely accurate in their description of Ann Hagen. At the Associate Appreciation Awards Breakfast, during IBS 2012, I had the honor of choosing the first recipient of the "Chairman's Award" given to the associate who went above and beyond the call of duty on behalf of the NAHB Associate Members Committee. Ann Hagen was clearly outstanding and was my choice for this award. My moments in time with Ann were short but exceptional and our national associate volunteers felt the same way about their moment in time with Ann.
Ann Hagen passed away this past Easter Weekend. The Florida Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders lost a valued friend, and an inspirational leader.
Ann Garvey reached out to me and wanted to share her thoughts; "Ann was a thoughtful and quiet leader. Her life was cut short, but her spirit and love of life and the builders association carries on. She is missed"
Ann's fellow NAHB associate national volunteers, who worked side by side with Ann, express our deepest condolences and prayers for Ann, her family, her association family and her friends.
Godspeed, our friend.
Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) Mourns Passing of Ann Hagen (click here)
FHBA's Suzanne Graham’s Presidents Message (click here)
FHBA's CEO Paul Thompson's perspective on Ann Hagen (click here)
Ann Hagen Obituary (click here)
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