Samuel L. Gude III, CEO
With a background that spans management, construction and contracting for a variety of industries, Gude is the chief visionary and driving force behind Gude’s success. His passion today is leading the organization to new heights and achievements through a commitment to superior service and delivery standards. Gude founded Gude Management Group (GMG) in 2005, after having served as Executive Vice President and Managing Director for a global construction management and general contracting firm. During his 25 year construction career, he worked on a number of landmark projects including the Centennial Olympic Stadium. During its first five years, GMG grew to over $1.5B of work managed annually under his leadership. His expertise comes from managing over 150 education, transportation, government, healthcare, sports, cultural and corporate construction projects valued at more than $3B.
After attending the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Industrial Engineering, Gude graduated from Mercer University with a Bachelor of Organization Leadership. He received his Global Executive MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is an alumnus of Leadership Atlanta and Regional Leadership Institute.
Gude has a lifetime commitment to civic involvement and currently serves on the boards of the Atlanta Technical College Foundation, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and CIFAL Atlanta. He also serves on the board of advisors for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Central Atlanta Progress and is a past board member of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, the Atlanta Urban League, and the Metro Atlanta YMCA.