David Corrigan

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President and Chief Operating Officer, Corrigan Moving Systems in Farmington Hills. Corrigan Moving Systems is a relocation company. As the third generation at the helm of the company, Corrigan oversees the $75 million operation, including supervising the management team and all 600 employees. He serves as vice chairman for the board of directors of UniGroup and is an active director of the American Moving and Storage Association. He has been recognized as Mover of the Year by Michigan Movers and Warehouseman’s Association. Recently, United Van Lines presented its President’s Quality Award to Corrigan Moving Systems, recognizing the company as the highest quality mover among its 400 agents. The American Moving & Storage Association selected the company as the “Agent of the Year.” Corrigan Moving has 12 offices in four states, including nine in Michigan. The company’s revenue increased five percent and hired more than 200 people in the past year, with a 10 percent growth in Southeast Michigan. Over his 35–year career with the company, Corrigan has worked in virtually every position, from cleaning the trucks to his current role. He earlier served as operations and general manager at various Corrigan branches, in charge of dispatching crews and managing finances and personnel. He received his bachelor’s degree in transportation administration from Michigan State University.

WHERE BORN: “Dearborn.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “Without a doubt, my father, Paul Corrigan. He taught me how to be a great father and husband, as well as a great business leader. He still helps me today at the age of 88.”

LAST BOOK READ: “I like many of the John Grisham books, and I am currently enjoying his latest book, Sycamore Row. I also read many business and motorcycle books.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “I hope people see me as a person with integrity, as well as compassion.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “I was born into the moving industry, and I grew up loving the business. Today, the industry is changing as technology progresses and customers’ demands evolve. We are dealing with a shortage of drivers, and customers demanding higher levels of quality. Both of those industry shifts will continue to change the business in the coming years, and they will present challenges. Everyone likes to be on a winning team and drivers are leaving other companies and joining us to be part of our success.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “I was slow to adopt the Apple line of products, but I love my iPhone now. I constantly find ways to become more productive with this little computer in my pocket.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “My favorite place changes because there are so many beautiful places in the world. I love to go on cruises and see the world, and I equally love traveling around our great country and discovering new places.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “I love to ride my Harley. I spend hours planning trips and then seeing the country with my brother, Mike, as well as my adult children who all like to ride with me.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “My granddaughter, Sarah, sent me an email yesterday that said her favorite food is mac and cheese and her brother’s favorite food is hamburgers. I wrote her back and said I loved corned beef and she admitted she liked that, too.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “My hidden talent is to understand how others think and feel. This has helped me in my personal and business life in so many ways.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “As a good person. I want my wife and children and grandchildren to all remember me as someone who loved them.”