“As a young boy, I always liked to use my hands,” he says. “A friend and I, whose daddy was a carpenter, went into cabinet making in trade school, which now everyone knows is called Calhoun County Career Technical Center. Before it was over, we ended up building dog houses or dog boxes to go on the back of the trucks of just about every instructor in the school.”
Almaroad, president of Sam Almaroad Construction, says he believes he has a God-given talent when it comes to building. Evidently, the Alabama building industry agrees because in November he was pegged for the industry’s highest honor when he was selected to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
In the past 57 years, only 80 homebuilders have been inducted into the industry’s Hall of Fame. Almaroad says it’s an honor to be included in this group of esteemed men.
Almaroad is a longtime member of the Home Builders Association of Alabama as well as the Home Builders Association of Greater Calhoun County. He has served on numerous committees at the state level, most notably on the membership committee where he served two terms as chair and implemented a program to help the association surpass its goal of more than 10,000 members. He has been membership co-chair for the past five years.
Almaroad has been in the home building industry for almost 36 years. In the beginning, he framed homes for builders, remodeled and made additions to homes. His reputation grew by word of mouth and before long he was being asked to build homes from the ground up.
He says that in the early years of his career in the early ’80s, he was on his own, with no one to guide or advise him. He doesn’t want that for younger builders. He shares his knowledge so that they will have an easier journey.
“I always try to help those that are coming along today,” he says. “This isn’t the easiest profession in the world, especially in today’s economy, and I want to help them get started out in the right direction. I didn’t have anyone to teach me, but I don’t want it to be like that for them.”
Almaroad impacts his community in a variety of ways. He represented the building industry as a member of the board of directors of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce for seven years and as an advisory committee member of the Calhoun County Career Technical Center for four years. He currently serves on the Calhoun County Mental Health Advisory Board and routinely speaks to students about the homebuilding industry. He has shared his expertise by working on building projects for organizations including Christmas in April, Habitat for Humanity and the Red Cross. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Williams.
He was named Home Builder of the Year by the HBAGCC in 1987, 1991, 1992 and 2002. He received the HBAA’s Hershel Trimm Builder of the Year award in 2000 and the President’s Award for his work as membership chair in 2004.
He has developed communities of homes throughout the county.
Janet Fulmer, executive officer of the Home Builders Association of Greater Calhoun County, believes that Almaroad is an excellent builder.
“I have so much respect for him,” she says. “He is one of the reasons our association has grown like it has because he is so dedicated to the industry. He deserves this recognition. He has been instrumental in so many things that have happened to our association and to the housing industry in this area.“
She says that he fights for the rights of homebuilders on the state and national level.
Almaroad’s wife Celia is broker/owner of Almaroad Properties. They were accompanied by their daughters and their families when he received the award Nov. 9 in Sandestin, Fla. Melissa Wagoner and her husband, Duff, are the parents of Sam-Parker, Thompson and Madison. Crystal and her husband John-Paul Werner are the parents of Deacon.
Also on hand were his sisters, Regina Aderholt and Ann Modica, and his nephew, Garrett Modica, as well as friends Bill and Sherlyn Jackson.
Being inducted into his industry’s hall of fame doesn’t mean that Almaroad will slow down.
“I’ll continue building,” he says. “And I’ll continue to help those who are just beginning in this industry.”
He will also continue to be an advocate for homebuilders and consumers, hunt, be devoted to his family and appreciate his church.
There’s one more thing Almaroad will do.
“Right now, I’m enjoying watching these three grand boys and my granddaughter grow,” he says. “I’m going to teach them the fundamentals of the building industry and I hope I can instill in them the importance of good common sense and to have pride in what they do. I’ve always had pride in my work and I guess that’s why I’ve lasted this long. Will they care at all? I don’t know. But as long as I’m able I’m going to teach them if they will let me.”