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Why Big-D Companies
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2022

The Big Idea

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“Big Dee” Livingood started with almost nothing. But he did have a BIG-IDEA about the way things ought to be done.

Dee assembled a team of the best people in the industry, and called his founding leaders his “young lions.” Today Big Dee’s founding culture continues to inspire us and our “lions” of every age.

Our Vision WE ARE CREATING A CULTURE OF OUTSTANDING CAREERS AND WORLD-CLASS CUSTOMER SERVICE

DEE LIVINGOOD WITH HIS FOUNDING LEADERS “THE YOUNG LIONS” - ROB MOORE, DALE SATTERTHWAITE, AND JACK LIVINGOOD.

Focused on the Big-Idea since 1967

Our Vision
in Motion

We won’t achieve our goals by cutting corners or short circuiting our culture.
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    Outstanding Careers

    We seek and employ exceptional, hard-working, lifetime learners; we give them the tools to succeed when we find them.

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    Uncommon Outcomes

    Detailed, disciplined, hard-won by listening and always sharpening our skills. Our Big-D University offers over 100 classes each year with this goal in mind.

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    Customer Loyalty

    We are born of customer-focused, relationship-fostering practices. We’ve built 90% repeat customers with solid and lasting relationships.

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    Growth & Achievement

    We have a culture of growth and achievement powered by innovation, supported by purpose, passion and joy.

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    Financial Strength

    We’ve built trust with well-managed financial strength and superior risk management. This allows us to deliver on our promises consistently.

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    Community Engagement

    Giving back builds strong, thriving communities where we live and work. By contributing donations, time, and pro-bono services, we help ensure lasting communities.

Our Leaders

Jack Livingood

Chairman

Jack Livingood is Chairman of the Board of Big-D Companies. He joined the company in 1978, a third-generation builder following his grandfather and father into the business. Jack worked up through the ranks and served as CEO for twenty-four years.

Rob Moore

Executive Chairman

Rob Moore is the Executive Chairman of Big-D Companies, one of the largest builders in the Western United States with 16 offices in nine states and growing.

Cory Moore

Chief Executive Officer

Cory Moore is the Chief Executive Officer of Big-D Companies, one of the largest groups of contractors in the United States, with over 1500 employees in over a dozen offices from Minnesota to California. 

Troy Thompson

Chief Operations Officer

Troy S. Thompson began his construction career here in SLC in 1978. Since then, he has spent more than 35 years in the construction and development industry, earning the respect of his owners and colleagues.

Blake Van Roosendaal

Chief Financial Officer

Blake Van Roosendaal is Big-D’s Chief Financial Officer. Prior to being CFO, Blake worked as the firm’s Controller for the past 16 years.

Shaun Orr

Chief Information Officer

Shaun Orr is Big-D Companies’ Chief Information Officer and is responsible for the strategic initiatives of the entire enterprise in the areas of outstanding careers and technology innovation.

Michael Sant

Chief Strategy Officer

Mike Sant is a lifelong construction professional with more than 30 years of diverse industry experience that spans from the field as a tradesman in his early career to holding key leadership roles that shape Big-D operations.

Our History

  • Dee Livingood

    1967

    The Big Idea

    On November 2, 1967, a thirty-year-old carpenter named Dee Livingood sold his blue Volkswagen for a thousand dollars and risked everything he had to start his own business. His nickname “Big-Dee” inspired the name for the company

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    A BLUE VOLKSWAGEN AND A VISION

    Big Dee’s founding culture continues to inspire us. We aren’t perfect, but we strive to do the right things. We now have lions of every age on our impressive team, and a lion’s share of repeat customers.

    Dee started with almost nothing – very little money, no business experience, and no customers. All he had was a BIG IDEA about the way things ought to be done. He wanted a company based on equal respect for customers and employees. A company based on honesty and integrity. A company where there is no difference between what is said and what is done.

    He collected his thoughts, his thousand dollars, and set out to assemble a team of the best people in the industry. He called his founding leaders his “young lions.” Dee focused his passion on customer and employee relationships. He refused to focus on money or chase success. Instead, he quietly focused on doing the right things – and success began chasing him. He taught his “young lions” everything he knew about the business while giving them the freedom to build outstanding careers of their own – and success started chasing them too.

  • 1967

    WHAT’S IN A NAME?

    The name “Big-D Construction” didn’t come after hours of meetings with Dee’s young lions. In fact, it came while Dee and Jack Hilton were standing in line to get a contractor’s license. Jack had closed his business and was helping Dee with his new business endeavor. It was while they were filling out paperwork when the name “Big D” was founded:

    “Then I had to go to Salt Lake to the Department of Business Regulations and get him a contractor’s license, unemployment compensation, industrial accidents and all the other red tape that goes with getting a guy in business. They filled out all the papers and everything and he looked at me and says ‘what’s the name of the company’? I batted my eyes and looked up in the air and I said ‘Big D’.”

    – Jack Hilton

    In a matter of seconds, the name “Big D” was founded. For many years, the name would be written as either Big D or Big “D”. In the early 90s, the hyphen was added to create “Big-D”.

  • 1973

    BIG-D NETS $1 MILLION IN SALES

    First year with $1 million in annual sales.

  • 1974

    A MILLION-DOLLAR HANDSHAKE

    In the early years of Big-D Construction, all deals were generally settled with a handshake. In 1974, Dee Livingood had struck a million-dollar deal with Cream O’Weber. The company brought Dee in and asked him to design and build an addition to their freezer in Ogden. They worked up a price and shook hands on it.

    Once the deal and the million-dollar price tag sunk in, Dee suggested that maybe they write something down on paper. A Purchase Order book was pulled out and the million-dollar job was handwritten to Big-D Construction. And that was Dee’s contract for his first million-dollar project.

  • The YOUNG LIONS

    1976

    Hunger for success

    Rob Moore and Dale Satterthwaite join Dee as Big-D’s first Business Development Manager and Estimator respectively. Dee’s son, Jack, would join two years later.

  • 1981

    THE FIRST MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR DEAL

    Big-D Construction completes first large scale design-build project for Kremco. The project marked Big-D’s first multimillion-dollar project.

  • Rob Moore

    1984

    Big-D opens FIRST OFFICE

    The office was located near 400 South and 500 East in Salt Lake. It has since been demolished. In just 10 years, Big-D’s annual revenue went from $1 million to $10 million.

  • Dee and Jack Livingood

    1988

    DEE PROMOTES SON TO PRESIDENT

    Jack Livingood is promoted to President and Dee Livingood devotes career to community service.

  • 1994

    RELOCATION OF COMPANY HEADQUARTERS

    Big-D headquarters move from Ogden, Utah to Riverdale, Utah.

  • 1995

    “BIG DEE” LIVINGOOD DIES AT AGE 57

    Dee Livingood dies at the age 57 after a battle with cancer. Jack Livingood becomes CEO.

  • 1996

    COMMISSIONING THE IRONMAN

    During the early 90s, Big-D was searching for an identity to help separate it from the competition. “We were trying to be more corporate,” said Big-D Chief Executive Officer, Rob Moore. “We wanted something that could identify with Big-D Construction. So we tried to look for an identity.”

    The vision was to create something that represented both construction and the strength of Big-D. Working with Richter 7 and artist Scott Snow, that identity soon transformed into the Ironman. The initial drawings of the Ironman evolved to include the hard hat and steel beam. “All of a sudden, it stuck,” said Moore. “And we knew that when people look at that, they would identify with Big-D.”

    “Our guys in the field absolutely love this image,” adds Jack Livingood. “It represents how they feel about themselves as construction workers.”

    The Ironman has stood the test of time. His look and colors have never been altered. And while he has yet to make People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive!” list, signs that bear his image have notoriously been stolen over the years.

  • 1998

    A YOUNG LION BECOMES PRESIDENT

    More than 20 years after he first joined Big-D Construction, Rob Moore is promoted to President of the company.

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    2001

    THE SIGNATURE TOUCH

    By the late 1990s, Big-D Construction remained one of the leaders in the commercial construction industry in Utah. Around this time, Jack Livingood and Bill Smith were eying the high-end residential market. “Every so often, we would have a customer ask us to build their homes. So we had built a couple,” said Livingood.

    Jack had also built a relationship with JLF & Associates out of Bozeman, Montana. The architecture firm was hired to design Jack’s house in Wyoming. “That sort of triggered us to try a few of these big houses. And that is how Signature started,” said Livingood.

    Since 2001, Signature has constructed several multi-million dollar homes in Utah, Wyoming, California, and even Tennessee. Working with JLF & Associates under the umbrella JLF Design Build, the two firms have constructed more than $300 million in projects. Aside from its office in Jackson, Wyoming, Signature opened a second office in Park City, Utah, and has even worked on some commercial projects. Several of its projects have been featured in magazines and books. “Signature is a good business,” said Livingood. “It is extraordinary what Signature has done.”

  • 2003

    BIG-D EXPANDS TO THE PACIFIC COAST

    Big-D Pacific opens in Pleasanton, California under Ken Mitchell.

  • 2004

    HEADQUARTERS MOVED TO HISTORIC BUILDING

    If the walls in the Big-D Corporate office building could talk…

    The Fuller Paint Building has been a unique part of downtown Salt Lake City since it was first constructed it in 1922. In 2004, Jack Livingood purchased the building and embarked on a restoration project that would garner a LEED Gold certification and a listing on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s Big-D’s home, but it also has some seldom discussed secrets.

    The building was used as a security command post for the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Fuller Building reportedly received all the security feeds from the various Olympic venues and all major security decisions were made within these walls.

    And many would be surprised to hear that when we purchased the building one of the tenants was an adult film studio. We won’t tell you which floor, but needless to say, they had to go. “Kerry Arnold, our project manager came in and said ‘what do you want me to do about the porn’,” said Livingood. “I gave him a wad of cash and said: ‘go down there and get them the heck out of our building’.” Long story short, the production group took the cash and now it’s part of the Fuller building lore.

    The building also has a page in pop culture history. The interior of the building was for filming movies and television shows, including episodes of “Touched by an Angel” and the independent feature film “SLC Punk”.

  • 2005

    BIG-D OPENS REGIONAL OFFICE IN UTAH COUNTY

    Big-D opens the Lindon Regional Office.

  • 2008

    CORPORATE SALES CONTINUE TO GROW

    First year of corporate sales totaling more than $600 million.

  • 2013

    REGIONAL OFFICE OPENS IN MINNESOTA

    Big-D’s Midwest Minnesota Regional Office opens.

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    2014

    EXPANDING INTO NEVADA

    Martin-Harris Construction Company, Nevada’s top builder, merges with the Big-D group of companies and continues to operate independently.

  • 2016

    A BILLION-DOLLAR VISION

    Nearly 50 years since it was first founded, Big-D Construction achieves a billion dollars in sales. At the time, nearly 1,000 employees are employed at Big-D’s Corporate and Regional Offices.

  • 2016

    SECOND SIGNATURE OFFICE OPENS

    Big-D opens Regional Office in Park City for Signature. The same year, a Signature project is named “Home of the Year” by Mountain Living Magazine.

  • 2017

    STRATEGIC CHANGES TO FACILITATE GROWTH

    Big-D Construction makes several organizational changes to facilitate its growth. Rob Moore is promoted to Chief Executive Officer. Forrest McNabb is promoted to President of the Mountain West Group.

    As Big-D’s brand expands nationally, Cory Moore is promoted to Executive Vice President and National Managing Director of Big-D’s regional offices. Troy Thompson joins Big-D as Executive Vice President. The two would be tasked with expanding Big-D’s national footprint while supporting its seven regional offices.

    Big-D also named “Contractor of the Year” by the Utah Chapter of CCIM.

  • 2017

    JOHNSON CARLIER JOINS BIG-D FAMILY OF COMPANIES

    Big-D Construction acquires Arizona general contractor Johnson Carlier. The announcement was made in October 2017.

    Since it was founded in 1921, Johnson Carlier has left its mark on the Phoenix area with hundreds of successful projects, especially in its most robust markets including: automotive, food & beverage, distribution, higher education, hospitality, and healthcare. “This acquisition is part of Big-D’s vision to strengthen our company through alliances with premier builders in selected markets,” said Jack Livingood, Big-D Construction Chairman. “Johnson Carlier has a storied history and is highly respected for its integrity and service to its customers. We are excited to be a part of their future.”

  • 2017

    BIG-D CELEBRATES 50 YEARS

    On November 2, 2017, Big-D Construction celebrates its 50-year anniversary. As part of the celebration, Big-D released a book commemorating its 50-year tenure in the construction business.

  • 2018

    ‘YOUNG LION’ RETIRES FROM BIG-D CONSTRUCTION

    From laborer, to Chief Estimator, to Senior Vice President and member of the Board, Dale Satterthwaite has worn many hard hats since the early days of Big-D Construction. Fresh off a church mission and his honeymoon, Dale’s first job with the company was working on the Freeport Center Post office. Now, after more than 43 years, Dale Satterthwaite retired from Big-D Construction.

    “It has personally been a growing and learning experience, and I wouldn’t wish for it to be any different”, said Satterthwaite on his career here at Big-D Construction. Dale says he plans to spend his retirement working on personal projects as well as in his shop fixing toys for his grandkids. Dale says he hopes to serve another LDS mission with his wife.

  • 2018

    NEW STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

    Dovetail Construction announces new strategic partnership with Big-D Signature and its parent company, Big-D Construction.

  • 2018

    BIG-D APPOINTS PRESIDENT, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER TO ALIGN WITH COMPANY’S 2025 VISION

    Big-D Construction makes strategic changes to its executive leadership team. Cory Moore is named National President of Big-D Construction’s global family of companies. Troy Thompson is named Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Big-D. Rob Moore continues to lead as the firm’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

  • 2018

    BIG-D MIDWEST OFFICE MOVES TO ST. PAUL

    Big-D Midwest moves its growing office from Minneapolis to St. Paul, Minnesota. The new office is inside the renovated Gannon Building.

  • 2019

    BIG-D CONSTRUCTION ACQUIRES MCALVAIN COMPANIES, INC.

    Big-D Construction signs definitive agreement to acquire Boise-based McAlvain Companies, Inc. The company will continue with the same name and is locally managed.

  • 2019

    NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER ANNOUNCED

    Corporate Controller Blake Van Roosendaal is promoted to the firm’s Chief Financial Officer. The move comes after Larry Worrell announced his retirement after 16 years with the firm.

  • 2019

    2019 INC 5000 LIST

    Inc. Magazine recently recognized Big-D Construction for the first time on their 2019 Inc. 5000 Most Successful Companies in America list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing privately held companies. Big-D Construction is honored to be the only commercial construction company in Utah to make the list and ranked #232 among the honorees in the construction field across the nation. This is truly a defining moment for our company!

    The 2019 Inc. 5000 list is ranked according to the percentage of revenue growth from 2015 to 2018 and Big-D’s steady 3-year revenue growth rate was 58%. We wish to thank each of our dedicated employees and partners who have helped us get to where we are today through our 52-year journey in our mission to be the most sought-after construction company in the business!

  • 2020

    CONGRATULATIONS TO BIG-D'S OWN CEO, ROB MOORE, ON BEING NAMED AS A UTAH BUSINESS 2020 CEO OF THE YEAR!

    Congratulations to Big-D’s own CEO, Rob Moore, on being named as a Utah Business 2020 CEO of the Year! Rob is an excellent leader and continues to set an example for all Big-D employees, including the next generation of executive leaders. He firmly believes in helping up-and-coming leaders understand that there is a future for them in the construction industry, and that construction can provide you with a career—not just merely a job.

    Thanks to Rob for his leadership and guidance in defining what it means to ‘Think Big’.

  • 2020

    SALT LAKE CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TAKES OFF!

    Holder | Big-D Construction, A Joint Venture, recognizes our partners and our community for one smooth takeoff.

    The new Salt Lake City Airport officially opened its gates on September 15, and no participating partner was prouder of its association than Utah’s own Big-D Construction. Working as part of Holder | Big-D A Joint Venture (HDJV), our teams brought the New SLC Airport in on time, on course, and on budget.

  • 2022

    BIG-D COMPANIES ANNOUNCES CORY MOORE AS NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (January 3, 2022) – Big-D Companies, ranked among the nation’s largest builders, today announced Cory Moore has been named Chief Executive Officer. Previous CEO, Rob Moore, will remain an influential leader as the companies Executive Chairman.

    “This is a significant announcement for our company and future. We have worked on our succession planning over the last decade and this strategic move is part of that plan and is a major step in realizing our goals,” said Rob Moore.

    In a unanimous decision by the Big-D Companies Board of Directors, Cory will take global responsibility for its 16 offices nationwide. His job will ensure we continue to preserve our mission of being the most sought after by our associates and customers. He will also continue to stimulate progress and drive Big-D Companies’ vision of growth and investment in our future.
    “Cory is the right leader for Big-D,” said Jack Livingood, Big-D’s Chairman of the Board. “Cory’s extensive experience along with his leadership and communication skills will help us grow our national footprint to better serve our customers. Big-D is in good hands with Cory.”

    Cory Moore has been with Big-D for nearly 25 years and has been an especially impactful leader of the company’s growth. He has been involved in many of Big-D’s most iconic projects and in recent years has been serving as the companies National President and a member of its Board of Directors.

  • 2022

    BIG-D FAMILY OF COMPANIES IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE MICHAEL SANT HAS BEEN NAMED CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER (CSO)

    Sant will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer.  As Chief Strategy Officer, it will be his duty to consistently clarify the Big-D Companies vision and communicate it to all our leaders and associates. Additionally, it is his responsibility to develop, organize and prioritize the strategic objectives and tasks that need to be completed to support our vision becoming a reality.

  • 2022

    BIG-D FAMILY OF COMPANIES IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE SHAUN ORR HAS BEEN NAMED CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER (CIO).

    As CIO, Orr will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer and will be responsible for the effective leadership, strategy, and implementation of the organization’s information and policies as related to Human Resources and Technology.  Orr will provide expertise and future vision to leverage technology and human capital management to ensure Big-D Companies’ commitment to growth and innovation.  The CIO will work closely with other department heads to align these strategies with the overall business goals and Big-D Companies’ strategic plan.

  • 2022

    Big-D Expands into Heavy Industrial

    Big-D opens a new office in Tempe, Arizona for Heavy Industrial.

  • 2022

    Big-D Construction Joins Forces with Colorado Based CFC Construction

    Big-D Construction announced it has acquired CFC Construction. Based in Golden, Colorado, CFC Construction has served the state for 45 years. Under new ownership, the company will continue to be locally managed and operate under the same name. Chairman and Founder, EJ Olbright, will continue in his role with CFC, along with CFC President Pat Smith.

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    OPPORTUNITY FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA
    Projects make a city; Quality builds a nation.

    We have more than 1,500 employees at our 16 regional offices across the country. We are committed to a culture of growth and achievement as we break ground on more projects nationwide. Growth demands innovation; allows for influence in our industry; and creates enjoyment in our careers.