Third-generation residential and commercial developer Stephen F. Been
established Legacy Communities LLC in Atlanta in the early 1990s, helping it become one of the Southeast’s most prolific building companies. In 2007 alone, Legacy sold over 1,750 homes, and in 2009, Professional Builder magazine named Stephen F. Been Homebuilder of the Year. Serving as Chief Executive Officer, he focused Legacy on creating properties for first-time homebuyers, and his dedication brought the firm to the top of Atlanta builder rankings.A high-achiever since his youth, Stephen F. Been excelled in athletics at his preparatory school, Frederica Academy of St. Simons Island, Georgia. A junior varsity and varsity soccer player for five years, he earned Most Valuable Player honors three times and made the All-Region, All-State, and All-Star soccer teams. In 1982, Been served as captain of the Frederica Academy boys’ soccer team, which then won the State Championship. He also played basketball for five years, garnering several additional awards. Named to the All-Region, All-State, and Holiday Classic All-Tournament basketball teams, Stephen F. Been still holds the school’s career rebounding record.
Twice voted Frederica Academy’s Most Valuable Male Athlete, Been received the Senior Superlative of being “Most Athletic,” and received the United States Army Reserve Scholar/Athlete Award. He attended The University of Georgia, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. Stephen F. Been’s sports experience and business education provided him with the social and professional skills that later propelled him to success as a homebuilder and developer.
When not engaged in professional pursuits, Stephen F. Been supports several area charities. He served on the Frederica Academy Board of Visitors. In 2009 he received a major honor from his alma mater when he joined several other valued former school athletes at the Frederick Academy Sports Hall of Fame Inaugural Induction Ceremony, where he also served as a speaker.