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Sammy Stephens has a background in sports marketing, restaurants and real estate. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Sammy worked for ten years in the offices of minor league hockey. Living in Austin, Cincinnati, Phoenix, & Lake Charles, LA, Sammy worked his way up from intern, to director at the team level, to an executive staff member at the league office, and finally as General manager of a league franchise.
After working in sports for over ten years, Sammy & his family relocated to Raleigh where they owned and operated a successful sports bar near NC State University from 2000 until 2018.
In addition to operating the restaurant, Sammy and his wife Stacey, started Centennial Land Company. They have developed student housing rental properties for over 25 years. Their focus is buying or developing premium properties located close to NC State's Centennial Campus. During the past 12 years, Centennial Land Company has developed multiple properties including 29 unit Centennial Park Townhomes (87 beds), 4 unit Centennial Edge Townhomes (16 beds). In 2020, they built Centennial Edge (20 beds). All properties are located only steps from NCSU's Centennial Campus.
Stacey Stephens graduated with a masters of education from the University of Georgia & taught middle school for over ten years. After moving to Raleigh, Stacey co-owned the sports bar with Sammy and worked behind the scenes taking care of the sports bar infrastructure, from scheduling and accounting, to all facets involved in daily operations.
Stacey handles the day-to-day operations of accounting, bookkeeping and rental property management for Centennial Land Company.
Stacey & Sammy have three children. Connor Stephens, a NCSU graduate, Tyler Stephens, attending ECU, class of 2023, Melissa Stephens, attending Flagler College.