David Radford, CGB, GMB
David joined his father in the family business in the spring of 1988. After completing a successful career in the textile industry working for Milliken & Company, David helped implement and coordinate the production schedule that was used to produce over 224 condos in Roanoke, Virginia targeted for the empty nester market during the 1990’s. Also, custom and semi-custom home construction has been the hallmark of David's style for craftsmanship, value, and attention to detail. While growing up in the family business and experiencing some of his father’s developments, David was exposed to the construction side of the business one summer by building and leasing mini-warehouse units.
As President/Project Manager of David Frank Homes, David has worked along with his father in sharing and helping create each new development. As each development moves from the vision stage, to engineering, and finally production, David’s emphasis has been to maintain high standards in all aspects of the development and construction phases. Among the communities that David has had a hand in creating in the Roanoke Valley is: The Glen, Glen Ivy, Heather Park, South Jefferson Place, McVitty Forest, Glen Laurel Place, South Mountain Village, Auburn Hills Patio Homes, Glen Meadow, Mason's Crest, Cresthill Commons and currently Slate Creek Commons.
Like his father, David was President of the Roanoke Regional Home Builders Association in 1997. During his active years with Home Builders, David spent a lot of his time promoting property rights, affordable housing, and serving on different committees in Roanoke City and Roanoke County.
David completed his undergraduate work at East Carolina, receiving a BS in Business Administration in 1980. In 2007 he was appointed Planning Commissioner for the Winsor Hills District in Roanoke County and served as it's Chairman in 2012. David is married to Lisa (34 years and counting) and they have three beautiful children and a daugther-in-law.
Frank has more than 52 years experience building, managing, and selling commercial and residential real estate in Southwest Virginia. An accomplished land developer and real estate broker, his vision and expertise have created numerous developments ranging from Shopping Centers, Apartment Complex’s, Convenience Stores with gas, small Motels and the mainstay of the business, housing developments.
Beginning in 1962 as an apartment builder, Frank has developed an insight and intuition that allows him to look at a piece of land and evaluate the potential for development. His strategic approach to building and land development has led him to weather the many peaks and valleys that come with the real estate market. His turnaround capability is highlighted by his accomplishment of coordinating the conversion of 72 apartments into condominiums with the complete sell out in less then 6 months. The owners recorded the highest possible profit due to his marketing and planning achievements being met ahead of schedule.
Frank’s exceptional track record of business improvement and financial success is based on his philosophy of involving all parties with planning, engineering, financing, and implementing projects while demanding an “on-time”, “top quality” job. He is known for his ability to quickly identify and diagnose sales and growth impediments that go far beyond marketing, working with his companies to refine their organizational structure and readjusting product offerings.
Frank proudly served 4 years in the United States Air Force as a Radar Technician including helping to build early warning sites in the United States.
After returning from the Korean War, Frank completed his undergraduate work at Virginia Tech, receiving a BS in Business Administration in 1958, upon graduation Frank joined his father in their development and building buisness with the first of many subdivisons. Cherry Hill Park was the first of these many projects which included Motels, Apartments and offices. He currently serves on the Roanoke Regional Home Builders Board and as a National Director for the National Association of Home Builders. Frank is blessed to share his life with his wife, Liz, four grown children, two son in-laws, one daughter in-law and five beautiful grandchildren.
BL (David's Grandfather) had the vision to create homes for the working family. After 30 years as a contract coal miner in 1944 he moved his family from the West Virginia coal fields to start a new life in Roanoke. One of his first jobs was building windows at Huttig Sash & Door. The family's small farm was soon developed for new home construction and the year was 1947, the beginning of the Radford family tradition of homebuilding in the Roanoke Valley. BL remained active in the building buisness until his death in 1964.