We’re proud of the team we have assembled to lead the The Dragas Companies. We invite you to get to know the professionals dedicated to creating a true sense of place where families and individuals come together to become real neighbors.
President & Chief Operating Officer
Helen has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Dragas Companies since 1996. She sustained a passion for the real estate industry that began when she was 10 years old, trailing her father as he launched a mortgage business.
A Virginia Beach native, Helen graduated from Norfolk Academy, where she is now a trustee. She received a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and a B.A. in Economics from University of Virginia, where she also went on to earn her MBA from The Darden School.
After years of mentoring, Helen was entrusted to take the reins of The Dragas Companies, which had grown into a diversified Hampton Roads real estate leader. She has since led the business to new heights, thriving through multiple economic cycles. Helen was awarded the inaugural Lee Evans Award for Building Management Excellence by the National Association of Homebuilders and Builder Magazine in 1999 and again in 2009. The Dragas Companies also received Builder Magazine’s designation "America's Best Builder" in 2009.
Beyond her role as President and CEO, Helen focuses her philanthropic efforts on the issues of homelessness, poverty, and education. This has allowed Helen to make a mark in each of these directions, and in 2014, she founded a nonprofit foundation, Partners 4 Affordable Excellence . Its mission is to catalyze and accelerate change at America’s premier public research universities to maintain or enhance academic excellence and result in affordable tuition.
Helen has also served at the state-level through gubernatorial appointments, including the Commonwealth Transportation Board, State Council on Higher Education for Virginia, the University of Virginia, and the Governor's Economic Development and Jobs Creation Commission. Locally, she has served The Hampton Roads Partnership, the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance, and Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission, and other local boards.
Helen’s civic engagement and philanthropic leadership has led to many awards and designations, including First Citizen of Virginia Beach, Influential Woman of Virginia by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Humanitarian Award from the Center for Inclusive Communities of Virginia, among others.
Married with three children, Helen derives her greatest pleasure from time spent with family.
Chief Financial Officer
Rob is CFO of The Dragas Companies, where he began as a controller in 1992. Rob oversees the finance team and is responsible for all treasury and risk management functions. He is also trustee and administrator for the Dragas retirement plan, handles the accounting function for two tax-exempt organizations affiliated with Dragas, and provides tax and estate planning services to members of the Dragas family.
Prior to making the move to private industry and joining Dragas, Rob was partner at a small local CPA firm. Rob is a graduate of Old Dominion University, and a member the American Institute and Virginia Society of CPAs.
Rob is a devoted tennis player, scuba diver and sailboat racer in training. He is also a native Nova Scotian, who enjoys the outdoor activities Hampton Roads has to offer.
Vice President of Planning and Business Development
Nick worked across various roles in Dragas’ Business Development department for 11 years, and has served on planning-related committees throughout Hampton Roads. These have included the Chesapeake Comprehensive Plan Committee, the Portsmouth Boulevard Corridor Task Force and the Dare County Scenic Byway Committee.
Nick is responsible for site identification and acquisition, market and demographic research and all rezoning activities. Prior joining Dragas, he worked in the public sector, focused on planning, zoning, site plan review and site acquisition. Nick currently serves as the Chairman of the Chesapeake Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Comprehensive Plan Strategies.
Nick spends much of his free time coaching youth soccer, baseball and basketball. He has also served on local boards, including the Virginia Zoo, Virginia Beach CASA, ForKids and the Chesapeake Rotary Club. Nick is a native of Cape Hatteras, NC, and enjoys surfing, fishing and spending time with his family.
Director of Field Operations and Warranty
Louie leverages his background in “lean manufacturing,” in his role at Dragas to continuously improve the production department. He is focused on customer service in homebuilding and challenges his production and warranty teams to find new ways to improve quality, timeliness and service.
Louie is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served two tours in the Persian Gulf on the USS Nimitz and USS Stennis in the late 90s, where he repaired F14s. After the military, Louie completed an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration at Tidewater Community College while traveling the U.S. to open new CarMax locations.
Louie started in homebuilding as a project manager for a national builder, and was later drawn to The Dragas Companies because of their dedication to the Hampton Roads community and high level of integrity with customer service.
As a native of Manassas, Va., Louie enjoys all D.C. sports, including the Capitals, Redskins, Wizards and Nationals. He also enjoys mountain biking, fishing and spending time with his wife Donna and his son Louie, who is currently a student at Old Dominion University.
Vice President, Property Management
Pam supervises the administration and operations of Dragas’ apartment communities and office parks. She works with her team to focus on excellence in customer service and satisfaction, and leverages her skills in problem solving to deliver just that.
Pam holds her CPM (Certified Property Manager designation) and has served on the Virginia Apartment Management Association (VAMA) Board for several years, along with the Legislative and Advisory Committees.
She has worked across many markets. This has helped her access diverse management theories, as well as fiduciary responsibilities through asset management within all types of housing, from affordable to luxury.
Pam enjoys gardening, working out, and improving her golf game with her husband’s coaching.
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Sally began as Head Underwriter at Dragas Mortgage Company in 1999 before moving to Sales and Marketing in 2005. Today, she manages Dragas’ new homes sales teams, as well as marketing new home communities and Dragas corporate office.
Sally leads Dragas’ community outreach efforts, working closely with nonprofit partners, including ForKids, Girls on the Run and Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Virginia. Sally is a licensed realtor and a member of the Hampton Roads Realtors Association. As a self-proclaimed “new homes geek,” she has a passion for helping people realize their dream of owning a home.
Sally is an avid runner and a member of the J&A Racing Ambassador Team, where she promotes positivity and giving back in the Hampton Roads running community. She has raced internationally, and also enjoys group fitness classes, travel and spending time with her family.
Vice President of Land Development and Preconstruction
Brian began his Dragas career in 2005, working his way from Punch Out to his current position. As Vice President of Land Development and Preconstruction, he oversees the real estate development process from raw land to finished sites. This includes development of site and building plans, selection of consultants and trade partners, and construction management.
Brian has overseen the development and construction of over two thousand homes in over a dozen neighborhoods. He is Class A qualified individual for Dragas’ building contractor’s license, as well as a Responsible Land Disturber.
Prior to joining Dragas, he served as Director of Operations for Clear Channel Entertainment. When he’s not working he enjoys spending time with his family - and playing golf poorly.
Brian earned his B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Old Dominion University.
President, Dragas Mortgage
Lisa brings more than 30 years of mortgage banking expertise in Hampton Roads, with experience from originating first mortgages to management.
As President of Dragas Mortgage, Lisa directs the daily operation of the mortgage company. She provides guidance, training and support to mortgage staff and loan originators. Lisa also works with customers one-on-one, originating mortgages, whether new construction or previously owned homes.
Lisa holds a Virginia Mortgage Originator License and has been an active Tidewater Builder Association (TBA) member for over 25 years. She began serving as a TBA board member in 2017 and has worked on various committees over the years. She is an active member of the Norfolk Cosmopolitan Club, which raises money for juvenile diabetes. Lisa enjoys attending country concerts and traveling, especially anywhere she can sink her toes into the sand.
Vice President of Design
Sue has designed for Dragas communities for nearly 20 years, coordinating the built environment with project architects, engineers and tradespeople to create a signature aesthetic.
Sue makes design decisions on community color schemes, efficient floor plan design and functional planning for community centers. Across each of these, she focuses on delivering timeless designs. Prior to joining Dragas, Sue worked in the interior design and architectural industry to create living and working spaces for corporate, educational, banking, medical and residential clients. She designed custom products for many of those clients.
Sue spends her time outside of work landscaping, recycling and supporting her family and friends.
Sr. Vice President of Administration and Condominium Management
Joyce has been part of Dragas since 1975, when The Dragas Companies was a small team of four, including Dragas founders George and Mark Dragas and a part-time bookkeeper. She has seen and supported the company through growth to 90 full-time employees and 9 sales associates.
Joyce continues to see her role as a caring and invested employee who takes a personal interest in every aspect of her work. Today, Joyce oversees condominium management for several large communities in various stages of construction as well as working communities slated to open.
Joyce has been a licensed real estate agent for over 49 years and a member of the Virginia Real Estate Board and Hampton Roads Realty Association during that time. She continues to take courses to stay up to date with new real estate practices and laws. Joyce spends her time outside the office with her grandchildren and great-grandchild, volunteering for outreach ministries with her church or enjoying the outdoors.
Director of Human Resources
Faye brings more than 18 years of human resources and payroll management experience to her role at Dragas. She is responsible for all functions of Human Resources including recruiting, selection, benefits administration, compliance and employee relations.
Prior to joining Dragas, Faye has primarily worked in the construction industry. This includes her role with a prominent local government contractor specializing in construction management. There, she successfully established their human resources and payroll administration department.
At Dragas, Faye dedicates herself to bringing in qualified candidates whose work philosophy is aligned with Dragas’ core values. She focuses on supporting all Dragas employees to provide the resources they need to be successful.
Faye is a proud native of the Hampton Roads area. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Management concentrating in Human Resources and Development. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and holds both the PHR and SHRM-CP certifications.
Faye enjoys spending quality time with her family. She enjoys working out and is a member of a local running group.