William David Curry was born November 15, 1944 in Louisville, Kentucky, the third child of the late Norma Beard Blanton Curry and the late Dr. Earl Tudor Curry. His two older sisters are Elizabeth Lee Curry Stedman, of Las Vegas, Nevada and Dr. Mary Anne Curry Pollock, of Morehead, Kentucky. Mr. Curry’s father was a well known Methodist minister in Kentucky and was transferred to several churches during David’s childhood. The Curry family resided in Versailles, Winchester, Ashland, Somerset and Cynthiana although Mr. Curry has always called Winchester home. His grandfather, Robert Dunlap Blanton, was a Vice President for Codell Construction Company and inspired him to become an engineer and work in the construction industry. David played just about every sport that was available including football, basketball, baseball, tennis and golf.
In 1963 Mr. Curry entered the University of Kentucky, majoring in Civil Engineering. He was awarded a UK golf scholarship, but surrendered it his sophomore year when he was awarded a Kentucky Highway Department Scholarship to allow more time on his studies and the need to work part time to pay for his education. He graduated the University of Kentucky in May of 1968 with a BS in Civil Engineering.
Mr. Curry had a highly successful career with the Highway Department and at the age of 23, was the youngest Resident Engineer in the entire state. In 1970, he was named Acting District Construction Engineer. He then accepted a job from Codell Construction and worked for them until 1976 when he went to work for Watts and Call Construction Company in Lexington as an estimator. In 1979, David Curry, Butch Hart and Harold Watts founded a new company named CHW Construction Company, which later merged with Central Rock Mineral Company. David is currently the Executive Vice President and responsible for business development and construction oversight. The company continues to build major projects and receive recognition for their construction.
During his career Mr. Curry has served on many professional committees. For the Transportation Cabinet, he has served on the Book of Specifications, the Empower Kentucky Committee, the first contractor on the New Products Committee, and served on the committee that wrote the Best Management Plan for Erosion Control. He has served as a board member of the Plantmix and Asphalt Industry of Kentucky, as a board member of the Kentucky Association of Highway Contractors and as the Board Chairman in 1998. He has been a board member of the Kentuckians for Better Transportation from 1992 to the present, and served as its Board Chairman in 1995. Mr. Curry has one daughter born in 1971, Julia Coffman Curry, of Lexington. When Julia was young she made frequent Saturday and Sunday trips with her dad to various job sites and always loved to play on the equipment with dad.
David became an Episcopalian after his marriage to Betsy Nowland in 1988, who he met while she was the Sales Manager at Cloud Concrete Products of Lexington and Nashville. He has greatly appreciated Betsy’s support of his career. They are active Episcopalians, and have served in several church activities. David has served as a Sunday school teacher, President of the Secretariat, member of the Diocese Standing Committee and Treasurer of the Diocese of Lexington.