Norfolk, VA – May 8, 2024 – Lawson, a leading developer, builder, and manager of multifamily housing in Virginia, is thrilled to announce the promotion of Julie Richardson to the position of Chief Operating Officer. In her new role she will oversee day-to-day operations, strategic initiatives, and continue to evolve Lawson’s core focus of positively impacting people. 

Richardson joined Lawson five years ago as Director of Human Resources. She was promoted to Vice President of Human Resources in 2023 where she has demonstrated exceptional leadership and strategic thinking and played a pivotal role in aligning Lawson’s people strategy with business objectives. Richardson will also maintain her role as VP of Human Resources. 

“Julie’s dedication, strategic mindset, and commitment to excellence make her the perfect fit for the role of Chief Operating Officer.”, said Lawson President and CEO, Carl Hardee. “Throughout her tenure at Lawson, Julie has consistently demonstrated her ability to drive results and lead with integrity.” 

Julie Richardson, COO and Vice President of Human Resources
Julie Richardson, COO and Vice President of Human Resources

Before joining Lawson, Julie earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She worked for several organizations in the capacity of Operations, Marketing and ultimately HR overseeing multiple teams and multimillion-dollar revenue budgets along her journey.  She is a distinguished HR professional holding the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation from the HR Certification Institute and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) credential from the Society for Human Resource Management. Her expertise in talent acquisition, employee development, and organizational effectiveness has been instrumental in driving Lawson’s talent management initiatives forward. 

About Lawson 

At Lawson, we understand that what we do – and how we do it – affects the everyday lives of people we care about. For more than 50 years we’ve focused on positively impacting people, from team members and residents to investors and business partners. We manage and own approximately 4,700 apartment units and continue to grow with nearly 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 more than 50 years. For more information, please visit www.lawsoncompanies.com