Did you know Chuck Veatch came to Reston in 1964 and handled Reston’s very first home sales? Since that time Mr. Veatch has been very involved in his community and has been a major driver for Reston’s future. Join us as we listen to his stories of the early days and learn about his vision for the future. He will also share renderings of the new Wiehle Metro station (right next door to his office) and a short clip about Reston.
More about Mr. Veatch
Chuck Veatch began his real estate career at age 18 as a summer employee of a real estate brokerage and investment company. That summer, before attending the University of Virginia, he bought three investment houses with no money down and knew real estate would be his life’s work. He was the youngest licensed real estate agent in Virginia obtaining his salesman’s license in the fall of 1960 at age 18. He received a broker’s license in 1968 which he still maintains.
Upon graduation from The McIntire School in 1964 with a bachelor of science in finance, Mr. Veatch began work at the ‘New Town’ of Reston, Virginia just as real estate sales activity began. Within three years Mr. Veatch was the Director of Marketing for all residential property. He left that position to form his own development and consulting firm in 1970.
For the past 42 years Mr. Veatch has been an integral part of the real estate life of Northern Virginia, first as a home builder and then as an investor in, and builder of commercial office and warehouse properties. The company currently owns and manages a mixed portfolio of office, warehouse, retail and residential properties in Northern Virginia.
Mr. Veatch has served on boards of many professional organizations, including President of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. His professional expertise led to his appointment to the Fairfax County Board of Equalization for Real Estate Assessments, where he served two terms as chairman. He was a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Economic Advisory Commission for 12 years.
Mr. Veatch has won many awards for community service including ‘Best of Reston’ honoree in 1998, Reston Citizen of the Year in 2000, Fairfax County Citizen of the Year in 2004, the Leadership Fairfax Community Sustainability Award in 2006, and in 2010 was given the Robert E. Simon Jr. Award for Lifetime Service to the Community of Reston.
Mr. Veatch currently serves on several non-profit boards including The Nature’s Best Foundation, The Reston Historic Trust, The Potomac Conservancy and is a Trustee for the Endowment of the National Wildlife Federation.
Mr. Veatch is also affiliated with three Universities. He is President of the Planned Community Archives at George Mason University, is a Real Estate Fellow at the McIntire School at The University of Virginia and is currently the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Shenandoah University.
Apart from his real estate career, Mr. Veatch is a nature photographer and fly fisherman. His book of photography on Reston’s natural areas, The Nature of Reston, is in its second printing and has contributed over $70,000 in donated profits to Reston’s Nature House.
Mr. Veatch is Chairman of the Board of Nature’s Best Publishing the owner of Nature’s Best Magazine. The company also produces major photographic exhibitions at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C