Mike Stevens began his 40-year career as a builder and developer by learning the trade, hands-on, as a carpenter. For eight years, he honed his skills building, framing and trimming homes throughout the Southeast. In 1980, he took those skills on the road, traveling across the country to repair Methodist camps, and even further, to Nicaragua, where he raised money and led volunteers in building more than 100 homes. But he never forgot about his roots. As the Knoxville branch of Habitat for Humanity was getting off the ground, Mike was there to lend a hand and help it grow, using his construction and leadership experience to ensure the organization was a success.
In 1989, Mike was a managing partner with Woodbuilt Homes and became the project manager for the Woodhaven subdivision in South Knoxville, before venturing out on his own to form the family business, Mike Stevens Homes, Inc., in 1992. As the president and owner of his own company, Mike spent years establishing his success, first by building custom homes in some of Knoxville’s most prestigious neighborhoods, and then by creating those neighborhoods himself and filling them with his gorgeous homes.
Then, in the spring of 2011, Mike took on his most meaningful project yet, helping to spearhead the “Labor of Love” project featured on WBIR-TV. The team spent months transforming the homes of twins Helen Ashe and Ellen Turner, who co-founded The Love Kitchen, an organization dedicated to feeding the homeless and homebound in Knoxville. The effort brought the community together and made a lasting impact.
Mike has dedicated his time to the following organizations:
National Association of Home Builders: Lifetime director, board member
Tennessee Association of Home Builders: Past president, current board member
Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville: Two-term past president, lifetime director
Knoxville Habitat for Humanity: Two-term past president, past board member
Knoxville Housing Partnership: Past board member
The Wesley House Community Center: Past board member
Tennessee Housing Development Agency, Current board member