NORFOLK, VA – August 30, 2023 – Steve Lawson, Chairman and Carl Hardee, President and CEO of Lawson, have been recognized in the real estate category of the 2023 Virginia 500 Power List.

The Virginia 500 Power List, published by Virginia Business, highlights Virginia’s most powerful and influential leaders in business, government, politics, and education. The 2023 list marks the fourth consecutive year Hardee has been named on the list.

Lawson Chairman, Steve Lawson is a third-generation builder and has worked for the company his father founded since 1993. Lawson is a longtime advocate for supportive and affordable housing and has served on the boards of the non-profit HousingForward Virginia and on the Rental Advisory Council of Virginia Housing, Virginia’s statewide housing finance agency. He has also provided expert testimony to the United States Congress on three occasions and briefed the last three Chairs of the Federal Reserve concerning ongoing challenges the industry faces. 

Carl Hardee, Lawson President and CEO joined Lawson in 1991 after serving in the U.S. Army during the first Gulf War and has worked alongside Steve Lawson to build the multifamily development, construction, and management firm into a respected industry leading provider of top-quality market-rate, LIHTC (Low Income Housing Tax Credit), and affordable housing.

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 4,800 apartment units and continue to grow with 1,393 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 since 1972. For more information, please visit