Accruing 56 years of industry experience to her credit, Marilyn Echols Anderson is a real estate developer with Harvey Anderson, Inc., in Brunswick, Georgia, since 1963 and business partner/developer with Harvey Anderson Construction since 1992. At the same time, she was a draftsman partner with Harvey Anderson Construction from 1963 to 1992. In addition to this tenure, Ms. Anderson partnered with Anderson Enterprises, and contributed general contracting and design/build work to churches, schools, hospitals and both modest and multi-million dollar residences.
Prior to the start of her professional career, Ms. Anderson pursued a formal education at Perry Business College in Columbus, Georgia, where she attained a degree in 1955. Since graduating, she worked for President Jimmy Carter’s campaign and attended his inauguration and presidential ball. Additionally, Ms. Anderson authored one cookbook, “Recipes & Inspirations,” in 2000.
An avid fisher, Ms. Anderson served on the Saltwater Licensing Committee of Georgia and held the Georgia State record for largest Cobia 62 ¾ for 15 years on light tackle. She was further president of the Golden Isles Sport Fishing Club from 1990 to 1991 and captain of the North East Florida Marlin Association (NEFMA) from 1995 to 2000. For her efforts in the field, Ms. Anderson was awarded numerous tournament trophies from NEFMA and the Southern Kingfish Association (SKA), including SKA’s Top Angler Award between 1993 and 1995, as well as the State of Georgia’s Top Lady Angler Award in 1992. Besides saltwater fishing, her other hobbies include art, gourmet cooking, interior decorating, traveling and painting.
The highlight of Ms. Anderson’s career was going back to all of the houses she designed and her late husband William Harvey built, and seeing the finished product and how pleased everyone was. Today, she is the proud mother of two wonderful children, William Alan and Alicia Davis, as well as one late son, William David. She is also a doting grandmother to 13 beloved grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The mentors who motivated and inspired Ms. Anderson were her parents, Marion Ishmael and Ruth Evelyn Echols, who encouraged her to do whatever she wanted to do. She was also inspired by a teacher, Joe Baroney. Moreover, Alberta Frazier, who was her housekeeper, became her best friend. She was there for her through thick and thin, and she was happy to have her as her friend. Ms. Anderson is driven by nature and likes to stay busy. If she doesn’t stay busy, she’ll just lay down and that would be it. Her children inspire and push her, and she knows what she can or cannot do.