David R. Birdwell
David Birdwell is recently retired from his position as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of IDI, where he led the company on a variety of levels, from strategic planning to day-to-day operations. He was responsible for establishing and implementing the company's operating procedures and plans with seven departments: Accounting and Finance, Human Resources, Property Management and Leasing, Information Services, Marketing and Communications, Risk Management and Office Management. He also worked closely with IDI's parent company Kajima, and served on the company's Board of Directors to set key performance indicators and accurate reporting standards. He also served on IDI's Investment Committee.
David joined IDI in 1989 as the company's ninth employee. He was a member of the founding management team who led IDI from a start-up merchant builder to a full service national industrial real estate company. David was actively involved in the development and acquisition of over 135 million square feet of industrial real estate and the expansion of IDI's footprint to eight market offices throughout North America. Before joining IDI, David held positions at Childress Klein Properties, Trammell Crow Company, and in the real estate services group at Arthur Young and Co. David remains actively involved in the city and in his neighborhood through community service. From 1992 through 2008, he was a member of the Board of Directors at the Study Hall at Emmaus House, a non-profit organization formed to assist the children of Peoplestown, one of Atlanta's inner-city neighborhoods. During his 15-year tenure, he held roles as Treasurer and Co-Chairman of the Board.
David was recently appointed to The Trust for Public Land's Georgia Advisory Council, the national land conservation organization's state-wide arm. He is also actively involved at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church and was recently named an Advisory Board Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes of Northwest Atlanta (East Cobb).
David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. In addition, he is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Georgia Society of CPAs (GSCPA) and the Real Estate Roundtable of the GSCPA. He also is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and serves on its Industrial and Office Park Gold Council.
David's top personal priorities are his wife and three children. He and his family are actively involved with Kidz2leaders, an organization dedicated to changing the lives of prisoners' children that strives to break the cycle of incarceration.