FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 5, 2006) – Gulfshore Business magazine has recognized Mark Stevens, president of Stevens Construction, as one of Southwest Florida’s leading business people in its “40 Under 40” list. Each year, the magazine selects 40 business professionals under the age of 40, who are among the area’s most distinguished leaders, from nominations submitted by the business community.

By consistently providing excellent quality, outstanding service and top-notch construction skills, Stevens has built a solid reputation throughout Southwest Florida. With more than 20 years of construction industry experience, the entrepreneur has established himself as a successful business leader.

“I’m honored to make this list,” says Stevens. “I’m living proof that hard work and honesty lead to success.”

In 2004, Stevens founded Stevens Construction Inc. Two years later, Stevens has grown the company from one employee, to the current staff of 26. This year, the company will build more than $40 million in commercial construction. The company has also earned numerous awards.

Stevens Construction received five awards at the inaugural Lee Building Industry Association (BIA) 2006 Summit Awards banquet, including the Newcomer Contractor of the Year award. The first annual Summit Awards program, created by the BIA Commercial Contractors Council, recognized commercial contractors who have obtained an outstanding level of success and demonstrated superior professionalism in the commercial construction industry.

Also this year, the company won a Safety Star Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) for its outstanding safety record and custom-designed safety plan. Stevens Construction was recognized as a company that has an outstanding safety program and maintains the highest of safety standards. Because safety is such an important part of each employee’s daily routine, the Stevens team is able to maintain an impeccable safety record while still meeting clients’ budgeting and scheduling goals.

In addition to leading his company, Stevens serves on the Lee BIA Board of Directors and is the Chairman of the Commercial Contractors Council for the BIA. He serves on the Shady Rest Care Pavilion’s board of directors and is heading up the master planning for the facility’s renovation project and assisting with business development. He also is the chairman of the Architecture Review Committee in Buttonwood Harbor Homeowners Association

Stevens has managed or served as the project executive on more than 150 building projects with a combined value of more than $300 million. He holds a Bachelor of Science in building construction from the University of Florida and is a state-licensed general contractor.

Based in Fort Myers, Fla., Stevens Construction specializes in construction management and also provides general contracting and consulting services to architects, developers, contractors and owners. Other services include site and design team selection, budgeting, project scheduling, permitting, cost and quality control, and assistance with inspections, licenses and warranties. The company builds commercial and healthcare facilities. For information, visit www.stevensconstructioninc.comor call (239) 936-9006.