Real Estate 2023: CARL L. HARDEE
PRESIDENT AND CEO, LAWSON COS., NORFOLK
Lawson’s president and CEO since 2016, Hardee has been with the company for more than half of its 51 years. He oversees a 190-employee real estate development, construction and management company.
In June, Lawson held a grand opening for Market Heights, a 164-unit apartment community in Norfolk, and the company is near completion of 80 units at Miller’s Rest Apartments in Lynchburg. It also has large residential projects under development in Woodbridge, Roanoke and Richmond.
A Gulf War Army veteran, Hardee graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1987. He serves on TowneBank’s Portsmouth board, as well as Southeast Virginia Community Foundation’s board and Virginia Housing’s Rental Advisory Board.
WHAT I’VE LEARNED: Life is more about giving than receiving. We are where we are in life because people in our past believed in us and gave us an opportunity — it is our responsibility to prepare the future generations to lead.