David E. Harvey, Jr. was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He enjoyed and played sports such as baseball, football, basketball and intramural volleyball in college. David started his college education with two years in the architecture program at Notre Dame. He then transferred to the University of Colorado at Boulder and received his degree in Civil Engineering and Architectural Engineering. His love of construction came from his father, David E. Harvey, Sr. who started D.E. Harvey Builders in 1957. David and his brothers were always anxious to get to the jobsites to work and earn a paycheck. His first job was as a laborer when he was just 13 years old. During this job he mostly moved rock for exposed aggregate tilt-up panels by loading it and moving it in a wheelbarrow. David officially began his career at Harvey in 1977 on a three building tilt-wall complex on Yale Street for Tim Gustafson Development. His brother, Mike Harvey, was the superintendent.
David married Mikki in 2002 and has five children, David, Christopher, Jackson, Lily and Caroline. His son Christopher has a son named Hank, David’s first grandchild. In his free time, David enjoys running, swimming, biking, triathlons, marathons and snow skiing. He is involved in the following: Rice Design Alliance (RDA)-President Ameritas (Post), Catholic Charities-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Legatus-founding member of the Houston Chapter, Catholic CEO Group, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School-founding Board Member, and University of St. Thomas-Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?
Harrison Ford because he’s old and has wrinkles but he still has some adventure left in him.
If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
Reading people’s thoughts and for others to understand mine. I have always been driven with respect to understanding. It has always been a big issue for me to be understood. That’s why I always explain things to the nth degree.
What three items would you take to a desert island other than food and water?
A fishing rod, a satellite phone, and a comb.
Where would you go in a time machine?
Forward, to see my children all grown. I’d like to see what’s coming in the future. It has to be more interesting than what we have seen in the past.
If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Jesus Christ, for all the obvious reasons.