Originally from South Dakota,
Bill Byron Anderson studied Civil Engineering at Kansas State
University in Manhattan, Kansas, before becoming a general
contractor and real estate developer. His talents eventually
allowed him to own and operate a successful construction and
development company. Also active in politics, Andersen was
appointed by President Reagan to the Advisory Board of the Defense
Intelligence Agency where he then served for 11 ½ years. It was
also known that he declined several ambassadorships that were
offered him during the Bush administration.
An adventure-seeker by nature,
B.B. has toured through , the western and the Great Lakes on his
motorcycle. An avid sailor, he had a 53' ketch built in La
Rochelle, France and sailed it from the Bay of Biscay into the
Mediterranean Sea where he eventually moored it in Hyere, France.
In 1993, he sailed from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida across the
Atlantic to Lisbon, and the Canary Islands. While skiing remains
his favorite sport, he is also a certified scuba diver.
Additionally, he has logged over 8,500 hours of flight time as a
private pilot and holds multi-engine, commercial and instrument
B.B. currently divides his time
between Mission Hills, Kansas, and Vail, Colorado, with his wife
and their daughter. He has four additional children who live and
work around the country. Still active in real estate development,
he is currently a member of World Presidents Organization, Kansas
City Presidents Organization and the Vail Valley Foundation. His
birth date is Jan. 18, 1936.