VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – December 1, 2020 – Austin Pittman, Senior Development Manager at Lawson, was recognized today as a 2020 Virginia Housing Alliance Emerging Leader.

The Emerging Leader Award recognizes young professionals who have demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing service and shown dedication and ability to impact their community.

Pittman manages the LIHTC (Low Income Housing Tax Credit) process for Lawson, a Virginia Beach based real estate firm that develops, builds, and manages multifamily communities. His work has directly contributed to the creation of 1,344 new apartments serving low-income families in need of affordable housing throughout the State of Virginia.

Pittman is a certified Housing Credit Certified Professional with the National Association of Homebuilders.

Lawson President and CEO Carl Hardee said, “We’re incredibly proud of Austin and the work he’s doing. Austin’s contributions directly support our company’s purpose to positively impact the communities we serve, and he embodies Lawson’s core values. We are very excited for Austin’s recognition in our industry – he is a great asset to our team!”

About Lawson

At Lawson, we understand that what we do – and how we do it – affects the everyday lives of people we care about. Since 1972, we’ve focused on positively impacting the communities we serve, from team members and residents to investors and business partners. We manage and own approximately 5,500 apartments in Virginia and South Carolina and are continuing to grow by developing more apartment communities each year throughout Virginia. Our business model provides vertical integration of development, construction, property management and asset management, which enables our team of experts to add value at every stage for our partners. When you act with integrity, focus on quality and work to find creative solutions, great things are possible. It’s how we’ve done business at Lawson for over 45 years. For more information, visit

About VHA

The Virginia Housing Alliance works to expand housing opportunity and end homelessness in the Commonwealth through education, advocacy, and capacity building. For more information, visit