Minnesota Veteran Lee R. Anderson Sr., owner and chairman of APi Group, Inc. was recently awarded by his alma mater, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with their Distinguished Graduate Award. This is the highest honor a graduate can receive. Anderson received this award for his lifelong commitment to charitable causes especially his devotion to hiring and helping Veterans.
"The honor is the most significant that I have been given during my life. To be recognized by the institution that has become such a great part of my very being in almost beyond description. I am humbled by the award and recognition," said Anderson.
A Minnesota native, Anderson graduated from West Point in 1961. He was then assigned to Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Arizona where he became a first lieutenant before returning to Minnesota in 1964. From there, Anderson took over his father’s company, Asbestos Products, Inc. and began acquiring other firms in the construction and fire protection industries. The company was renamed to APi Group, Inc. in 1997. APi Group, Inc. is the parent company to forty fire protection, industrial, and specialty construction companies throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It’s headquartered in New Brighton, Minn. with offices located nationally and internationally.
Anderson is a proud Veteran and ensures that his company honors military Veterans with employment opportunities. He is also very philanthropic to military Veteran causes. In 2011, the Lee Anderson Veterans Center was revealed in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce during the first national event recognizing companies that have gone above and beyond to support U.S. Veterans and their families. Anderson had gifted money to fund the Hiring Our Heroes initiative to support the first three years of the program. In 2011, Anderson and his wife gifted two and a half million dollars to build the “Lee and Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge” in Palo Alto, Cali. The lodge will provide short term housing for Veterans whom receive medical treatment through the Veterans Affairs Health Care system.