Sam Almaroad: A man still on the job
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
For the fourth time in his 37 year career, Sam Almaroad has been named Home Builder of the Year by the Calhoun County Home Builders Association.

“I appreciate my peers having confidence in me as a person of integrity and craftsmanship,” said Almaroad. “I’m very honored. I enjoy home building. We’ve had a downturn in the housing market since 2007, so since then I’ve been doing a lot of remodeling. I enjoy that.”

He said nowadays, with the economy not being what it once was, many choose to remodel their homes rather than rebuild. Almaroad said that, in his opinion, the country is on the climb from the housing crash.

“I’ve been given a gift,” he said. “If you’ve got a gift in life, I think you need to use it, no matter what it might be. I try to put something special in there when I build, something that ties that house to me through the years.”

Almaroad said that he’s had realtors show homes to perhaps the third or fourth owner, and that realtor or consumer would know that the house was one he built. He said that means a lot to him.

“After 37 years in the housing industry, I still enjoy working every day,” said Almaroad. “I enjoy working with my crew, and the loyal subcontractors and suppliers. It’s a good feeling knowing that I’m helping make someone’s dream a reality.”

Almaroad said he uses his thoughts, his mind and the talent that God gave him to do what he does.

“I’ve seen the ups and the downs, the good and the bad,” he said. “I’m going to relate back to David in the Bible. It’s hard to keep a good man down, even against old Goliath who was a giant. I enjoy what I do and when it gets bigger than me, that’s when my faith keeps me going.”

Almaroad said that through the years, the Calhoun County Home Builders Association has been a backbone in his business through its support, its associates and its members.

Longtime friend Don James, who is also a home builder and general contractor, said that Almaroad is worthy of the award.

“Sam won because he deserves it,” said James. “He’s helped the Home Builders Association as well as the home building industry through a very difficult time. Of course, he’s done all of this while going through health issues with his grandson. Sam has been very loyal to his grandson and family. He’s a great grandfather.”

James said that he commends Almaroad for going back and forth to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis with his grandson, while continuing to work with other home builders and run his own company.

“No one is prouder of him than me,” said James. “The entire board of directors feels the same way. Sam and I sometimes build against each other, but we’ve always maintained a close relationship. I’ve known him for 35 years.”

Almaroad is a sponsor of the Sunday morning gospel music program on K98, hosted by his friend Johnny Hayes. One day Hayes approached Almaroad and told him what his name stands for ̶ Always Making a Reality of a Dream. That made the 57-year-old home builder happy.

Almaroad was named Home Builder of the Year for the Home Builders Association of Alabama in 2000 and was inducted in the Alabama Home Builders Hall of Fame last year.

“I guess if I quit building houses and remodeling, I’d get into something else pertaining to woodworking, because I like to build, or use my experience to help someone else” said Almaroad. “Right now, I’m doing a lot of remodeling and I get a lot of enjoyment from that. I want people to call me if they need anything done, because I need the work. Many of the people in our industry are having to rebuild what has been torn down through the nation’s economic disaster. It’s not over for us.”

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