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Dick Anderson Boss of the Year

Bree Bishop surprises Dick Anderson with the “Boss of the Year” award from the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday in Helena.

Dick Anderson, a longtime fixture in the Helena and Montana construction industry, received the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Boss of the Year Award at a ceremony Wednesday.

More than 30 employees and friends packed the office of Dick Anderson Construction for the surprise reveal. “I don’t feel like that great of a boss, I just have a ton of great people,” he told those gathered.

Chamber President/CEO Cathy Burwell said Anderson received numerous nominations praising his dedication, honesty and philanthropy.

“Dick is truly such a genuine person with such a big heart,” one of the nominations reads.

Anderson has worked in construction for nearly 50 years, starting in steel building construction for another company while in college and going on to build his business to become one of the largest firms in the state.

"I graduated with a degree in business management from U of M, and the job offers I got were making about half of what I was making in construction,” he joked.

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Those nominating him also praised Anderson’s care and development of employees.

“I have seen Dick help people get through illness, divorce, death of a loved one, legal issues or even their battles with addiction,” another nomination reads. “He also celebrates their life celebration events.”

Anderson said his approach has always been to look for the best in those who work for him.

“We all have lots of faults, but I always try to look for the good things in people, because 99% of everyone have some really good things about them if you look,” he said.

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Reporter Tom Kuglin can be reached at 447-4076 @IR_TomKuglin

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