Greg Anderson was the founder, President and CEO of Anderson Companies, a company he oversaw for 23 years. He was an entrepreneur but also a philanthropist, giving of his time, his insight and his income for the benefit of his community.
We had the pleasure of working with Greg when he approached us to partner with Anderson Companies on the Anderson Companies Annual Golf Tournament in 2014. Beginning in 2005, Greg started the tournament in memory of his sister Jill who had died from complications from a stroke. Greg met with our CEO David King and Chief Operating Officer Bradley Donaldson as well as our Development team to talk about increasing the reach of the tournament as well as raising awareness about stroke. We worked with Greg to watch the annual tournament quickly grow into an all-day event with morning and afternoon rounds of golf, lunch, stroke education and more.
When we interviewed Greg for Stroke Matters in 2014, he said "When we have our events, there'll be 150 to 200 people for dinner at the program. And we'll ask how many people at your table have experienced any type of stroke symptom? A few hands go up. Then, family. Hands. Your top 50 friends? The whole crowd. It's so prevalent out there, it's scary. It’s just scary. Initially, we were going to do this in memory of Jill, and at the same time, don't think about Jill. Think about yourself and what you can do with your families. It’s not there to show what we lost; it's there to drive home education."
We lost Greg on October 24. With him went a partner, a sponsor, and most importantly a friend. Greg was a friend to the Minnesota Stroke Association as well as to the entire stroke community.
"I always enjoyed working with Greg," says Jarret Klein, Events Coordinator for the Minnesota Stroke Association, "He always showed a genuine interest in how my family was doing, and always loved a quick conversation about our (Iowa State) Cyclones. The thing that struck me the most was his very obvious love for his family. Clearly for his sister Jill, but also his own family. He spoke of his kids with such pride as they were getting married and beginning their families, and absolutely lit up when he would talk about being a grandfather. He was just 'one of those guys' who didn't say something if he didn't mean it and didn't do something if it wasn't the right thing to do.
Greg Anderson will be dearly missed.
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