VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – August 29, 2020 – Carl Hardee, President and CEO of Lawson has been recognized in Virginia Business’s inaugural edition of the Virginia 500 – The 2020 Power List. 

The Virginia 500 aims to create an insightful resource on leadership in Virginia. The Power List includes 500 of the state’s most powerful and influential leaders among 20 business sectors. Criteria for the selections considered several determining factors including annual revenue, newsworthiness, community involvement, diversity, number of employees, and the organization’s significance of presence in the commonwealth.

Carl Hardee is recognized among Virginia’s elite business leaders in the Virginia 500 real estate category. A Virginia Military Institute alumnus and Gulf War veteran of the United States Army, Hardee values candidness and efficiency in his approach to business operations. He has served Lawson for 29 years and is accountable for the company’s operational and financial stability and organizational growth.

Hardee has been instrumental in Lawson’s success including the development of Seaside Harbor Apartments. The award-winning $16.5 million apartment community provides 76 units of quality affordable housing to Virginia Beach, while setting aside 25% of units specifically for residents with disabilities. Hardee continues to champion company growth, with over 1,200 new multifamily units under development or construction as of September 2020.

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