Harry and Ann Pryde Named Founding Advocates
Ann and Harry Pryde
Harry and Ann Pryde were named the newest Founding Advocates of the National Housing Endowment for committing a donation of six figures to the leadership and growth of the endowment, the philanthropic arm of NAHB. Their donation will go toward the endowment’s unrestricted fund.
Harry Pryde, the 1983 president of NAHB, is the founder, president and CEO of Pryde Corporation and has built and developed more than 3,000 homes, apartment complexes, office buildings, convalescent centers and condominiums in Washington state. He also is an NAHB life director and a 1989 inductee into the Housing Hall of Fame.
“Harry and I were very impressed by the broad spectrum of issues that the endowment addresses, specifically the scope of the education programs,” said Ann Pryde. “We see our gift as an opportunity for the leaders of today to reach into the future and touch the leaders of tomorrow.”
“NAHB was profoundly wise in creating the National Housing Endowment,” she continued. “Housing is part of the larger fabric of a community and affects all areas of our society. This gift is part of Harry’s commitment to his community and desire to enrich the industry and touch future leaders. What the endowment has done already and what it is going to do is something that the board of NAHB should be proud of.”
The Prydes’ donation will be used to support innovative and effective programs that further education, training and research for the housing industry ― specifically the recently announced Home Building Education Leadership Program (HELP) created to triple the number of college graduates entering residential construction management during the next decade.
Pryde is a former director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle, a commissioner of the Washington State Housing Finance Commission and past president of the Building Industry Association of Washington and the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. He is an inductee in the Washington State Hall of Fame and the University of Washington Construction Hall of Fame.
He serves in numerous community organizations, and he and Ann are active philanthropists and volunteers with many civic, arts and academic organizations. This year, Pryde also will be named a Distinguished Alumni at the University of Washington Graduate School of Public Affairs.
“The endowment’s board of trustees is very thankful to Harry and Ann Pryde for their generous contribution,” said Gary Garczynski, the endowment’s chairman and 2002 NAHB president. “We will honor this gift by working diligently to open doors to careers in residential construction management for students across this country.”
“Harry’s motto while he was the NAHB president was, ‘Shelter for the People; Jobs for the Economy.’ Through this gift we will ensure the continued strength of our industry,” Garczynksi added.
For more information, e-mail Troy Patterson at the National Housing Endowment, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8483.