Sunday, March 04, 2018 12:48 AM


Jay Bell was accepted and ready to start at the University of Tennessee Law School in 1991 when his father asked him to work the summer helping out with the family's home-building business. "By the end of the summer, I had six or seven houses going so I asked for a one-year deferment on law school," the younger Bell recalled. That one-year deferment has turned into a 27-year home building career with his father's original Bell Development. Since the death of his father, Julian Bell, last year, the younger Jay started his own company, Bell Home Builders, which has 19 employees But the 50-year-old home builder has carried on the family legacy of his father and two brothers by becoming the 2018 president of the Homebuilders Association of Greater Chattanooga. "There's a great deal of satisfaction in coming up with a vision on a raw piece of property and seeing it through from the design phase to the final construction and sale of a home to a family," says Bell, who began hammering nails and running a bulldozer for his father's business while sill in high school. "Home ownership is still a vital part of the American dream for most ...

News source: Times Free Press

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