VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – September 2, 2021 – Carl Hardee, President and CEO of Lawson has been recognized in the real estate category of the Virginia 500 Power List for the second consecutive year.

The Virginia 500 Power List, published by Virginia Business highlights Virginia’s most powerful and influential leaders in business, government, politics, and education. The 2021 list marks the second annual edition.

Hardee joined Lawson in 1991 after serving in the U.S. Army during the First Gulf War. He was hired as a Regional Property Manager trainee with the intention of gaining industry experience prior to taking over his family’s real estate investment business. Instead, Hardee found a home at Lawson and was exposed to nearly every department at Lawson during his training period including maintenance, accounting, leasing, site management activities, and compliance, eventually taking over property management as the Principal Broker.  He then led Development, Construction, Accounting and Finance as the Chief Operating Officer.  In 2016 he was promoted to the role of President and CEO. 

Hardee has worked closely alongside Lawson Chairman, Steve Lawson, to build the vertically- integrated real estate development company into a respected leader in the industry. The firm’s deep experience and expertise in the financing, development, construction, and management of LIHTC (Low Income Housing Tax Credit) affordable housing positions Lawson as a leading provider of top-quality affordable and market-rate multifamily housing in Virginia. 

“Carl’s insight and leadership has been an invaluable asset to the growth of the company.”, said Lawson Chairman, Steve Lawson. “Over the past three decades Carl has grown alongside me and the company, and we’re grateful for his contributions.”

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 nearly 6,000 apartment units and continue to grow with approximately 1,200 units in development. 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, please visit