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| A native of Halifax County, Virginia, Mr. Stevens returned to South Boston, Virginia after military service and entered retail business. As president and majority stockholder of a music, electronics and appliance firm, he continued this occupation until 1977 when he sold his business interest to another stockholder. This business continues today to operate successfully as Fincher's, Inc. |
Shortly after leaving the retail sector, in early 1978 Mr. Stevens began real estate and appraisal studies. Licensed in early 1978 as a Real Estate Sales Associate, he obtained a Virginia Real Estate Broker's License in 1981 at which time he engaged in sales, construction, development and appraisal in the Halifax County/South Boston area until 1985. During this period he conducted appraisal assignments for most area lending institutions, and, as a Class A Building Contractor, constructed over 50 custom houses, and initiated development of the area's largest single-family subdivision, Brentwood, in which he built 19 of the early houses before selling his interest in the development in 1985. Construction experience also included multifamily, office, commercial and industrial projects. Development included subdivision, multifamily, motel and shopping center.
As a Virginia National Guardsman, the mid 1980's found Mr. Stevens on tour with the Virginia National Guard as Personnel and Administrative Officer for the 224th Field Artillery Brigade, reorganized during his tenure as the 29th Infantry Division (Light) Artillery. With units interspersed in localities across Virginia and parts of Maryland and Connecticut, the headquarters is located in Sandston, just east of Richmond, Virginia. Upon leaving tour November 1987, Mr. Stevens began employment with Harrison and Lear, Inc., headquartered in Hampton, Virginia, as project development manager for commercial and multifamily projects. Returning to South Boston the latter part of 1990, Mr. Stevens has worked full-time as a general real estate appraiser since--initially as a fee appraiser with Green Auction and Realty Company, and then as an independent fee appraiser with his own firm. More recent National Guard assignments include a tour as Commander, 2nd Battalion, 111th Field Artillery; Deputy Fire Support Coordinator, 29th Division Artillery (Light); Executive Officer, 29th Division Artillery (Light); and assignment as Liaison Officer to the State Area Command (STARC). Mr. Stevens' last assignment in the Virginia National Guard was in the rank of Colonel. He was Commander, 29th Infantry Division (Light) Artillery for just under five years. He is now Brigadier General (Va), retired.