MOI welcomes Dave Mangum to the Richmond, VA team as the new Director of Sales.
With over 20 years of industry experience, Dave brings his client-focused approach to every project. Earning his Masters of Architecture from Virginia Tech, Dave began his career working for HKS, Inc. in Richmond, VA where he worked with clients across various industries with over $650 million in construction projects.
After seven years with Steelcase, with the last four leading the Mid Atlantic sales team for Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia, Dave sought to make a change and return to the Richmond community. Dave’s extensive experience has prepared him for this next step as he continues to develop MOI’s presence in the Richmond market, create long-term connections with partners and clients, recruit and retain amazing team members, and rejoin the vibrant Richmond community.
Dave will work closely with Jim Hopkins to ensure a successful transition into his new role as the Director of Sales. With his shift to General Manager, Jim will continue to support MOI’s clients, remaining an avid supporter and resource for the success of their ongoing projects.
“We are incredibly excited about Dave joining the MOI Team in Richmond! I love his passion, drive, and customer focus. He is going to make a difference!”
– Jim Hopkins, General Manager
How do you think your architecture background has influenced your approach to the furniture process?
Most everyone knows a beautiful piece of furniture when they see it. Our senses come alive and can’t help but be drawn to it. My background and experience have taught me that a piece of furniture can be beautiful, but it must also be useful and functional to the person or people who will use it every day.
What aspect of your new role are you most looking forward to?
I am most looking forward to working with the fantastic team in Richmond! Jim has created a rock-solid foundation to build on and I can’t wait to continue the impressive growth of MOI in Central Virginia. I’m also looking forward to having a personal relationship with, and impact on, the local business community in Richmond to help organizations achieve their business goals by creating great interior spaces.
What excites you the most about returning to the Richmond, VA area?
The food and the beer! Seriously, I’m looking forward to having a commitment to that market on a personal level; an intimacy with MOI’s clients and their businesses. I am most excited about seeing Richmond grow and having a positive impact on that through my work.
How do you see the Richmond market evolving after the pandemic?
So much has changed in such a short period of time, it’s hard to pinpoint one or two things. However, I do think we’ll see workers in Richmond wanting to come back to workplaces that are more compelling, collaborative, and support flexibility in supporting their evolving needs. The line between working and living has blurred somewhat, so we may see multi-family elements show up in the workplace, or workplace attributes in parts of multi-family common areas. For sure, the flexibility of the architecture will be important to accommodate quick shifts in workstyles. I could see fixed architecture elements like drywall and stick-built glass being replaced with moveable architectural solutions.
What activities do you enjoy outside of the office?
Hanging out with my wife Betsy and our three boys (12, 9, 7). We love exploring new areas and are big fans of hiking around Patapsco State Park in Maryland. Cycling and fly-fishing are also passions, although not at the same time!
You’ve mentioned that you enjoy brewing your own beer. How did you get started?
I studied in London during college and fell in love with the local beer. When I returned home, I couldn’t find the great beer I experienced in London, so I started brewing my own. I became fascinated with how each ingredient influenced the taste, texture, and aroma of beer. So fascinated, that my architecture school Master’s Thesis was a brewery!