Real Estate 2023: STEPHEN BALLARD
PRESIDENT AND CEO, S.B. BALLARD CONSTRUCTION, VIRGINIA BEACH
Ballard’s construction career goes back nearly 40 years. He has served as a project manager, superintendent, estimator, carpenter and laborer. Today, he oversees all construction operations and corporate functions for his company, including strategic planning, project management, estimating, business development, corporate communications, safety and quality.
Ballard Construction served as general contractor for The Highlander Hotel, a $40 million boutique hotel that opened next to Radford University in April. The company also built the $340 million Rivers Casino Portsmouth, the state’s first permanent casino, which opened in January. And in early March, Ballard broke ground on an expansion project for the Virginia National Guard’s Roanoke Readiness Center in Troutville.
Ballard serves on the Virginia Beach Wetlands Board, which reviews permit requests for the use or development of sand dunes, beaches and tidal wetlands. He also is a member of the Associated General Contractors of America, the American Concrete Institute and the American Society of Concrete Contractors. He has been a supporter of the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, Horizons Hampton Roads and other charitable organizations.