Episode 5 | Part One: C. David Moody, Jr., Founder of C.D. Moody Construction

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Dee welcomes trailblazing entrepreneur C. David Moody, Jr., to the podcast this week. David runs one of the largest African American-owned construction companies in America. His firm has built and delivered more than 200 commercial projects valued at $3 billion dollars, including Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons. In part one, David talks about how he built his construction empire from scratch, the impact of Maynard Jackson becoming the first African American mayor of Atlanta, and what he’s most proud of during his 33 years in business.

About C. David Moody, Jr.:
David is a native of Chicago, Illinois, who spent his childhood years there before relocating with his family to Ann Arbor, Michigan. From there, he matriculated to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating with a degree in psychology in 1978. He then attended Howard University, earning a professional degree in architecture in 1981 after three years of study.

In 1988, he established C. D. Moody Construction Company, Inc., now one of the largest African American-owned construction companies in America. For more than two decades, Moody’s company has appeared every year on Black Enterprise magazine’s “Top 100” list of the nation’s largest Black-owned industrial/services companies. The Atlanta Business Chronicle has ranked his firm as one of Atlanta’s top 25 commercial contractors and top 100 private companies.

Over more than 30 years, his firm has safely built and delivered more than 150 commercial projects valued at more than $2 billion. Some of his recent projects include the new home of the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons, Mercedes Benz Stadium; the new home of the Cyclorama at the Atlanta History Center; and the Maynard Jackson International Concourse at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.

Moody also has a keen sense of community service. He founded the C.D. Moody Foundation to provide financial assistance for students with a passion for construction and entrepreneurship, and to date has awarded more than 80 individual scholarships. He has funded endowed scholarships at Morehouse College, Howard University, Georgia Perimeter College and Central State University.

Besides money, Moody devotes time with K-12 students, where he personally instills in students the endless possibilities that are directly associated with hard work, perseverance, and a positive attitude. In 2017, Moody was elected president of the board of directors of the Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America for 2018. He also serves on the Morehouse College Board of Trustees. Moody has served on numerous for profit and non profit boards.

Moody is the author of “Fighting through the Fear – My Journey of Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse,” co-authored with his good friend and former Morehouse College roommate, Charles W. Cherry II. The book describes his harrowing personal journey as a childhood sexual abuse survivor.

His personal blogsite, MoodySpeaks.com, showcases his talents as a photographer, motivator and inspirational resource for healing for other survivors of childhood sexual abuse. MoodySpeaks.com also allows people to see him in another role as a successful husband and father. Moody and his wife Karla they have two children, daughter Karia and son Charles III. He and Karla reside in Lithonia, Georgia, just outside Atlanta.