CCR e-Digest Profile: David Shotwell, Atticus Franchise Group

(Right) David Shotwell and his childhood hero, Lou Ferrigno

The longtime commercial construction executive and construction manager at Atticus Franchise group on connecting with his colleagues, what music keeps him moving and why The Hulk is a role model worth embracing.

What does your workday look like today?
I actually get ready every morning like I am going to work to keep my mind in the business ethic. I workout, dress causal, and then set my schedule and conference calls to check in with business peers. I made a list of each person I know in my contact list to reach out to check in on. I stop work at 5 p.m. to spend time with my family and tend to projects around the house.

How are you staying connected with your team? Your customers?
Yes, I go down my contact list to check in regardless if we’re doing business or not. I have accumulated friends over the 20 years I have been in the business.

What project(s) have you tackled that you thought you’d never get to?
Spring cleaning. I actually do the work. I built a desk, which was long overdue. I cleaned out all of my old tax records/files (I burned them with a drink in my hand). Knocked out that “honey do” list (the deficit mostly).

Who (living or dead) would be at your dream dinner party?
It would be a big party with all of the people who helped pave my way. George Lucas, Morgan Freeman, Demi Moore, Jim Carrey, The Three Stooges (Moe, Larry and Curly), Robin Williams, Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman), Stan Lee, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, Lady Gaga and Ozzy Osbourne.

What’s on your binge list right now?
Star Trek Next Generation (eight seasons); “Star Trek Deep Space 9” (seven seasons)

Name the band(s) you cannot take off your playlist?
Adele, Lady Gaga, Metallica and Mötley Crüe.

Tell us something people would find surprising about you.
I was a former coach and teacher in Keller, Texas, where I was named “Teacher of the Year” in 1998. I am writing a script (on and off) for a TV series. I’m also midway through writing a book on human ways. I also wear a size 17 shoe.

Who were your heroes growing up?
The Hulk. The actor Lou Ferrigno is hearing impaired like me. I am deaf in my right ear and hearing impaired in my left ear.

Biggest influence on your life?
This one is a given (Mom/Dad and my best friend, Granddaddy)

Best advice you ever received?
There are four pieces: “Every tough/bad situation is only temporary.” “Do not look up a dead mule’s a%$ to see why he died.” “Always keep your options open.” “Stay out of harm’s way.”

What trait do you most admire?
Honesty, humor, kindness, authenticity

What advice would you give your younger self?
Breathe. Be patience. Fight for what you believe in, regardless of the consequences. Read, educate and take more chances on love.

Have you tried the virtual happy hour yet?
The Atticus Franchise Group has a 5 p.m. Virtual Happy Hour with our staff. Our owner shares something special about each member with the team in a True/False questionnaire.

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