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Stephen R. Been, the former President of Legacy Communities, spent a lifetime in the building industry before he retired and handed his business over to his son. Mr. Been first learned his trade from his own father, who was a home builder in Lafayette, Indiana, after World War II.After graduating from Ohio University with a BA in Business, Mr. Been moved to southern Georgia, where his father had relocated the family business in order to take advantage of affordable land and a growing population. Been’s father soon gave him day-to-day control of Legacy Communities, which was famous for its low-cost, high-value homes for first-time home buyers.In the mid-1980s, Mr. Been shifted the company’s focus from southern Georgia to the Atlanta metropolitan area. He developed communities in the suburbs south of Interstate 20, and continued to focus on high-value homes for first-time home buyers. Mr. Been handed over control of the company to his son after his son graduated from the University of Georgia. However, Mr. Been continued to play an active role as the Vice President of Land Development. Legacy Communities continued to find underpriced land in high-demand areas in order to give buyers the best possible value on their new homes. Mr. Been’s strategy paid off, and by 2009, the company was selling 1,500 homes a year and was the largest builder in the Atlanta metropolitan region. The firm won the Builder of the Year award from Professional Builder magazine, in part because of Legacy’s conscious effort to help under-represented minorities and multi-generational households headed by women to purchase new homes.Organizational leadership also has been a part of Stephen R. Been’s achievements. He has served as the President of the Golden Isles Home Builders Association and as the President, Treasurer, and Secretary of other home builders’ associations.

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