President, Pyramid Homes
Anwar Khalifa grew up in Dallas and moved to East Texas out of High School. He attended Kilgore College where he received an Associate of Science degree. He then attended Texas A&M University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering. To further his education, Anwar attained a Masters degree in international business from the University of South Carolina. After working as a project engineer and sales engineer, he entered the home-building business in 1993. He received his Graduate Master Builder designation from the National Association of Home Builders in 1998. He received the Texas Star Builder designation from the Texas Residential Construction Commission in June 2007, one of the first 50 builders to receive this designation. In May 2008 Anwar received the Certified Green Professional designation, the first in East Texas and in 2011 he was one of the first five in the nation to receive the designation Master Certified Green Professional. Anwar is proud that all the homes will be built verified GREEN; abiding by the strictest of the National Association of Home Builders Green Building Guidelines. Pyramid Homes under the direction of Mr. Khalifa was awarded and built two research homes in 2011 for the University of Texas at Tyler. These homes purpose is indoor air quality and energy efficiency research. We are currently building two research homes in cooperation with Owens Corning. He is a member of the Tyler Area Builders Association, Texas Association of Builders, National Association of Home Builders, The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, the Better Business Bureau, Greater Tyler Association of Realtors, the Womens Council of Realtors, The University of Texas System Chancellors Council, and the Smith County Republican Club. He is on the steering committee for the Tyler Ministerial Alliance, and the board of the Samaritan Counseling Center. He serves as president of East Texas Cares Resource Center. He has served as a volunteer chaplain for the Tyler Police Department; on the boards of Tyler Areas Builder Association, Adolescent Development & Prevention Tyler, the Freedom & Justice foundation, the East Texas Islamic Society and the Council on American Islamic Relations DFW. Anwar has taught as a Construction Management Professor at the University of Texas at Tyler. Governor Rick Perry appointed him to the Texas Human Rights Commission in April of 2004. Anwar received the Martin Luther King award for Non Violent Social Change in January 2005 and the TB Butler Outstanding Citizen of the Year award in October 2005 for his work in getting the Muslim & Jewish communities together to fund and build a Habitat for Humanity House for a Christian family. He was honored during the 2011 MLK Day for his interfaith work. Pyramid homes received two prestigious Texas Star Awards in 2011. These are state wide homebuilder awards. Anwar was the NAHBs national award winner of Master Certified Green Professional of the year 2015.