About Dan Moody
A retired Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, Dan Moody is an electrical engineer by trade, small business owner and consultant by profession, husband to Stephanie, father to Marcus, Tiffany and Daryl and grandfather of ten.
Born in Tulsa, OK, Dan grew up with an older sister and younger brother. Dan’s father was a Mechanical Engineer and worked in production and purchasing within the oil industry, so they moved around quite a bit during Dan’s childhood. His mother worked multiple jobs and eventually received certification as a dental assistant. Taking care of Dan’s brother, who had a mental development disability, his mother instilled in Dan a strong sense of faith and family values as well as empathy for others and a solid work ethic. He was pushed to work as soon as he was able, working various odd jobs and ultimately becoming interested in electrical engineering while working in a TV repair shop.
As soon as he finished high school, Dan began his studies at the University of Oklahoma to become an Electrical Engineer. Here he met his wife Stephanie, a journalism major and member of the honorary academic society, Phi Beta Kappa.
The Vietnam War amplified Dan’s patriotism while in college, and he felt moved to join the ROTC Program. Upon graduation, he and Stephanie married, and he was commissioned in the US Army. Following basic training, Dan was assigned to the Army Reserve and also entered the workforce in sales engineering.
After several moves and career advancement, Dan spent four years with Control Southern Inc. in Birmingham, AL. Following the owner’s retirement, Dan was able to purchase the company in 1990, moving his growing family to the North Fulton area. The quality of education was the most important factor for their family in determining where to move, and all three children graduated from public schools, two from Chattahoochee High School. Their oldest son, Marcus is a doctor in Birmingham, Tiffany has enjoyed a career in Accounting and HR here in Atlanta, and Daryl, upon completing law school at UGA is now owner and CEO of an engineering business out of Atlanta.
After 13 years of building and growing his business, Dan felt the call to public service and was elected to the Georgia State Senate in 2002. Within two years, he became treasurer of the Senate Majority Caucus, and after four years served as Caucus Chairman. He also served as Chairman of the Education & Youth Committee, Senate Ethics Committee, Senate Appropriations Education Subcommittee and served as Secretary of the Insurance and Labor Committee. With a strong belief in term limits, Dan decided to leave office in 2010.
By this time, Dan’s small business had grown to over 65 employees, and he developed a solid leadership structure so others in the company were capable of taking over when he retired. He has since served other business ventures in multiple industries as an investor and consultant. He also continues to lend insight to up-and-coming small businesses that seek counsel in the areas of business structure, business acumen and organizational development strategy.
Dan has served on the State Transportation Board and helped form the Essential Economy Council – a bi-partisan non-profit research organization that collects and shares information about a layer of the workforce that crosses the largest sectors of Georgia’s economy and is essential because of its contribution to the economic growth of our state. As a small business owner, Dan’s professional focus has continued to be finding and helping small businesses thrive in and around Georgia and fostering the next generation of our state’s business leaders.