StoryCorps – C.David Moody, Jr.

StoryCorps – C.David Moody, Jr.

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Atlanta AEC Trailblazer: C. David Moody, Jr.


Charles David Moody Jr. was born on May 21, 1956, in Chicago, Illinois, to parents who were educators. His father retired as vice provost at the University of Michigan and his mother retired as an administrator at Eastern Michigan University. Drawing from a strong academic foundation and spiritual base, Moody never turned down an opportunity to learn and developed a unique ability to confront challenges and break down barriers. He persevered through numerous obstacles to build a multi-million dollar construction company and become one of the most influential Atlanta businessmen of our time.

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Moody obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Morehouse College in 1978 and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Howard University in 1981. After a brief time as an staff architect and field engineer for Bechtel Power Corporation in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he returned to his adopted city of Atlanta in 1983. He soon went on to become a major force in construction and reshaping the city’s transportation infrastructure and skyline with some of Atlanta’s most identifiable projects, including Turner Field, Philips Arena, Home Depot’s headquarters, Center for Civil and Human Rights and the new Atlanta Falcons Stadium still under construction. Moody has received countless awards and recognitions as an entrepreneur and business leader, including being named Minority Contractor of the Year by the National Association of Minority Contractors and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He is a past president of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors and an inductee in to the halls of fame of both the National Association of Minority Contractors and the National Black College Alumni. In 2015, Moody became a fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University.

Moody founded C.D. Moody Construction Company, Inc., in 1988. In 27 years, the firm grew to $70 million in annual revenues. Other notable projects Moody worked on include the Olympic Stadium, the Morehouse College Leadership Center, the World of Coke, the Coretta Scott King Women’s Leadership Academy, Morehouse’s Ray Charles Performing Arts Center and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. In 2010, the company was No. 49 on the Black Enterprise 100 list of the nation’s largest black-owned industrial/service companies.

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When Moody sat down for his interview with NOMAtlanta, he described the nurturing he received through his historically black college experience, which he credits with giving him the confidence to become a strong leader in our society. He discusses his early years as a young staff architect working on nuclear power plants, finding his love for construction and eventually starting is his own company. He gratefully describes his first big break on his own with Underground Atlanta, with a budget of $88,000 in 1988. Throughout the interview Moody invokes his feelings on the glass ceiling that still exists in the profession, institutional barriers and facing stereotypes of minority contractors about their lack of ability to successfully complete large projects. He passionately describes drawing inspiration from images of Jackie Robinson and the Tuskegee Airmen who were told, “they could not fly because they were black.” He uses these symbols to encourage today’s AEC professionals to move beyond the focus on race to develop a passion and love for the industry and persevere through the struggles to find success. Moody offers a roadmap and lessons learned for future minority contractors and builders to overcome present day stereotypes and build key relationships to become successful.

Thoughtfully addressing very personal challenges, Moody also goes in-depth about his experiences as a childhood sexual abuse survivor. Moody describes finally telling his wife when he was 36 years old in 1992, which changed his life and began the necessary healing. In the 22 years since he told his wife, he describes making a decision to use the experience to become a change agent and the significant impact he has be able to have on countless individuals and especially those African-American males who still suffer from a similar experience

Moody has a passion not only for mentorship of young professionals, but also for mentoring Atlanta’s youth—especially African-American males. The C.D. Moody Construction Foundation has provided thousands of dollars in scholarships since its inception in 1989. He has endowed scholarships at Morehouse, Central State University, and Howard University, where the second through fourth year design studios are named after Moody.

Today, he travels all over world using photography and various new experiences as part of the continuation of his healing process and as an opportunity to engage in one of his true loves –photography. Moody has taken hundreds of photos that he posts on various social media outlets and to his blog “Moody Speaks”. Moody is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He is married to Karla Lynn Moody and has two children, Charles and Karia Lynn.

C. David Moody’s dynamic leadership in the business and civic community, personal strength, perseverance, continued strong community engagement, and focus on mentoring the next generation of Atlanta minority contractors and youth makes him one of NOMA Atlanta’s Trailblazers of Change.

Author: Garfield Peart | May 10,2015 | © NOMAATLANTA


Notable Atlanta Projects:

Turner Field

Philips Arena

Home Depot’s headquarters

Center for Civil and Human Rights

New Atlanta Falcons Stadium (Still under Construction)

Olympic Stadium

Morehouse College Leadership Center

World of Coke

Coretta Scott King Women’s Leadership Academy

Morehouse Ray Charles Performing Arts Center

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport


Notable Achievements and Awards:

2004 Best Boss Award Fortune Small Business

2005 Entrepreneur of the Year BBP&E

2005 Presidential Award for Distinction Morehouse College

2005 Hall of Fame Inductee National Association of Minority Contractors

2008 National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee

2015 Fellow; Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University


Contact Information:

C.D. Moody Construction, Inc.
Office: 678-252-1840 (direct dial)
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