Thank you, Connie. You are greatly, greatly, missed. We are all blessed to have had the opportunity to have known you. You are highly respected by your colleagues, HBA members, friends and family.
It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of Connie Lee Valliere, 66 of Midland. On May 28, the home building industry lost a valuable friend, champion and spokesperson. Connie was the EO of the Home Builders Association of Midland (HBAM) from 1993 to mid-2010. Connie was recruited and convinced to change careers to work for the HBAM. Connie began a novice and ended as a leader bringing charm and grace into her sphere while promoting builder’s causes. Connie was tenacious when fighting for what was right, and also fighting against what she thought was wrong.
Connie was very well spoken and eloquent when addressing an audience; be it few or hundreds. However she avoided the spotlight whenever possible. She always maintained that ours was a membership association, and by rights the members should be the ones to convey the message to the membership and the public. In that light, she supported and helped each and every person to be involved and be the best they could be. She truly loved our association and industry and worked tirelessly to promote it and make it better. She was quick to challenge, and just as quick to compliment, while all the time keeping the members best interest at the forefront of each day’s activities. Connie elevated the stature of our association and was a visionary far ahead of times. There’s not enough space here to mention everything.
Connie was very involved in politics being a strong advocate for the HBAM, including policy and legislative particularly when builder’s interests were involved. She was not shy about conveying the HBAM stance on any issue to our local, state and national leaders. Government officials and representatives at all levels would regularly call her to get the HBAM view, and her personal take, on an issue or legislation that was being discussed or voted upon.
Connie’s plan to retire was changed when she was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. She was given 6 months to live and stretched it out to 6 years. She accomplished that with love, faith and tenacity, all the while exhibiting her classic grace and charm. She is survived by daughter Linsey and husband of 46+ years, Tom Valliere.
Our current EO, Jodi Sasse, continues to carry the torch with many skills learned from Connie’s mentorship. The HBA of Midland continues to be a leader in the home building industry. l