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C. David Moody of C.D. Moody Construction talks leadership

. David Moody, CEO

C. David Moody, CEO of C.D. Moody Construction

C. David Moody of  C.D. Moody Construction has been listed as one of Atlanta’s top 25 commercial contractors and ranked as one of its top 100 private companies. Started in 1988, C.D. Moody Construction has built and renovateed memorable and historic structures. From the campuses of Morehouse and Tuskegee University to the world’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, C.D. Moody Construction has left its mark.

Please describe your role as CEO.

For me and my business, I believe it is quite interesting, because I see the role of a CEO as a service leader. What I mean by that is, I try to do whatever needs to be done but not get in my people’s way. I think that’s the greatest lesson I’ve learned as a CEO. I believe in letting them do their job. I think of myself as a professional cheerleader making sure that everyone has what they need to get the job done. I want to keep things moving.

Your company represents the backbone of the nation, that is construction. Can you give us a brief background on your company?

We started 26 years ago. We are commercial general contractors — we manage for a client the building project. We hire the subcontractors and the suppliers, we then take the architects’ and the engineers’ drawings and we build the building. We make sure it is it built properly, safely, on time and hopefully under budget.

How do you evaluate talent you are hiring and what are the skills that you are looking for in this marketplace? 

Over the years this has changed. I now look for young, energetic, hungry, sometimes experienced; it depends on what we are looking for. But I really look for is someone with a passion. Construction is one of those industries you really have to have a passion and love what you’re doing. Because it’s outdoors, bad weather, risky and all kinds of changes you have to deal with; something happens every day. You never build the same thing, every project is different, and every day is different. You can’t mind getting muddy and having dirt on you.

What are three projects that stand out in your mind as some of the best you have done?

The Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on the campus of Morehouse College, Tompkins Hall at Tuskegee University and the international terminal at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

How do you utilize technology to give yourself business advantages?

With technology today things have changed dramatically. Our project superintendents are using iPads and sending pictures from the site to the architects. We are using special programs that allow us to see the issues in a building as we are constructing. There are so many areas [where] technology is critical in the industry.

What are the two key factors for business successes?

You must have a passion for it. If you’re only in it for the money you will never last through the hard times. The other thing is patience; it’s a steady grind. But of course you must have faith.

Name your three favorite business books for insight and inspiration?

  •  Built From Scratch by Arthur Blank and Bernie Marcus
  •  Anything by John Maxwell
  •  Biographies of great African-Americans

If you were giving a speech about skill sets needed in the future to remain relevant to 500 workers at a retraining seminar, what would be the title of your speech be and why?

The title would be “Go for your dreams.” When I started my business, I did not have anything. My wife and I did not know how we were going to pay the house note.  Whatever your dream is, go for it, get through the fear. But learn your craft whatever it is. It does not matter how you started, it matters how you finish. You must keep going for it.



  1. Mikel on April 14, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Listening to things like this, you don’t know whether to laugh or to expose someone. However, to speak to the heading of going for your dreams, as he encourages “everyone” so to say. Going for your dreams has never and will never be the answer. A person can work as hard as they want, but if no one wants to see you(them) do well, then you will never make it. People like this guy do not disclose how their dream chasing was aided by help from someone(manard jackson) which bridged the gab to actually getting going. If no one wants to see you do well in life, then you will never make it. To encourage someone to read books by Arthur Blank and Bernard is truly not what this guy means deep down. Dream chasing is not a concrete avenue for success, people have been chasing dreams forever. Just amazing how people say the right thing when they want to look good. The worth of someone lies in what they have done for others, how many people have you help earn millions or actually help them get “their dream” going by investing (time, money, and risk)?

    We say the right thing, just like how we are quick to help young kids. Helping a kid ages 1-17 is almost pointless. When we got young adults, esp young black men 18-28 who still need to be molded and invested in. However we skip them to help children who’s attention span is 2 minutes long, who is obligated to stay in school, but want to make it seem like we are doing something. However helping that young adult, 18-28 would require us to be a man of our word, and actually make that relationship turn to a money making opportunity and not just talk. We ignore that situation because it requires real work, work that will make DREAMS come true. To be honest, black people can’t expect anything to be different when people like David Moody don’t or want pay it forward.

    Yeah it sounds good, make it understood, you got to show me. Write a check, invest in someone. That way you can be sure he follows his dreams. No dream will make money in this day and time without money!

    Actually, name a black person who actually helped another black person make money: Not saying i’m right but this is what I have:

  2. Christy on April 14, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I see what you are saying….It’s like black men don’t believe in younger black men but see them like competitors. Although a few maybe one or two have invested in a young black man, but the majority can careless. An I have heard people say things about Moody that goes in line with what you are saying…Nice right up…

    Bronner Brothers isn’t like that, he actually invested in Will Packer Rainforest. Now will need to pay it forward for someone else…

    interesting point of view though.