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22. Helen Dragas

Updated: May 6, 2011 - 3:25 pm

Posted: May 6, 2011

As president of The Dragas Cos., Helen Dragas continues the traditions her father, George, began 40 years ago when he founded the company that has developed commercial and residential properties throughout the region.

The Dragas Cos. is known in the industry as one of the country's top construction firms. It also is consistently one of the top home-selling companies in the country.

A graduate of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, Dragas told the school's alumni that her greatest career achievements have been "navigating the tumultuous waters of the housing market in the last several years. We've had some of our best years in our 40-year history during the recent market collapse."

In July, Dragas will become the first female rector of the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors.