Paul Anderson is CFO at Foxford Communities, LLC and has been active in the real estate business for over 30 years. During this tenure, he has had the opportunity to participate in responsible land planning to ensure a healthy balance between land resources and practical economic development.
Paul is concerned about promoting conservation practices for the benefit of his children and future generations.
“The only way moving forward that we as people can become successful with conservation is through education,” states Paul. “I imagine there are some kids living in the city that have never seen a forest. You can’t miss what you’ve never had; if people don’t have an experience with the outdoors, nature, plants, and wildlife, how can it be missed?”
When asked how Openlands addresses this issue, Paul continues, “Look at the Openlands program Birds in My Neighborhood. This program provides children with an opportunity to view and experience the wonder of wildlife. These people are going to be our future leaders who study policy and make decisions. It makes sense that they develop a love and respect of the outdoors while they’re young so that they can carry it forward into their adult years. From every angle, to connect people to nature, it’s the right thing to do.”
Paul himself was a Boy Scout Leader for six years while his son was in the program. There, he met Openlands Board Member Dean Fischer, the current Scout Master. “Being a Scout Leader was a great opportunity to introduce youth to the outdoors,” says Paul of the experience. “It was very rewarding and a lot of fun.”
Paul’s love for the outdoors stems from childhood. His family was often found touring America’s national parks and his father-in-law is an avid bird watcher. “Today, my favorite bird is a snowy owl and my wife Nancy and I have enjoyed taking our own kids to many national parks. We really enjoy fishing and hiking trips and any opportunity to venture outdoors. Some of our favorite local nature spots are Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington and the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.”
When asked why he thinks nature is important to people, Paul commented, “Nature is a relaxed escape from what we experience in our daily lives. It’s serene, it’s beautiful, it’s healthy; it recharges one’s batteries and reminds us there are things out there greater than us.”
- B.A. (Accounting and Business Administration) Carthage College
- CPA – Illinois
- Chartered Global Management Accountant
Civic and non-profit affiliations
- Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation – Long Time Member and Supporter
- Boy Scouts of America – Scoutmaster and Merit Badge Counselor
- Morton Arboretum
- National Park Foundation
Favorite activities and areas of expertise
When not fishing or hiking, Paul enjoys honing his skills as a private pilot.