Moddie Turay Joins DEGC as EVP, Real Estate and Finance


Moddie Turay is DEGC’s new Executive Vice President of Real Estate and Finance. He will work closely with DEGC managers of other departments and programs, the city of Detroit, and existing business partners and will represent DEGC with a broad group of stakeholders to lead commercial, industrial and retail development efforts in the city of Detroit.

Turay replaces Brian Holdwick who announced in June he would leave after an orderly transition to form his own private development consulting firm, Holdwick Development Group.

Prior to joining DEGC, Turay was president, Moddie Turay Company, Washington, D.C., a real estate development firm focused on multimillion dollar mixed-use residential, retail, office and hotel development initiatives.

He also has served as a member of the senior executive team in the Public Building Services Regional Commissioners’ Office of the National Capital Region of the U.S. General Services Administration. He was a project executive and advisor on the development of asset and portfolio business plans for new developments and the redevelopment of real estate portfolios across the Washington, D.C., area.

Turay also was a development manager at Western Development Corporation, Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for pre-development strategies, management of new business opportunities, and the development management and acquisition of a diverse range of real estate projects and holdings.

He served as special assistant to District of Columbia Mayor Anthony A. Williams between 2001- 2004, advising on strategic planning, operations, public policy, and marketing and public relations.

Turay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, N.C.

Tiffini D. Smith
Director of Communications

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