David W. Underwood, '79
2016 Alumni Award
Forward-thinking. Entrepreneurial. Innovative. These and more describe the incredible career and achievements of Dave Underwood.
Underwood founded two companies — Integral Technologies and Exacq Technologies. His down-to-earth demeanor and business savvy helped shape the businesses from the ground up and earned both a place on Inc. magazine's list of the 500 fastest growing private companies in America.
"I truly love seeing something created from scratch," Underwood said of his career.
While Underwood and his partners sold Exacq Technologies in 2013, he remains active with the group. He also currently serves as the vice president and general manager of Johnson Controls.
Underwood's companies have employed hundreds of people. His teams have developed common products and technologies that many of us use today, including the first digital video recorder.
Underwood credits his success to the opportunities that were available to him as a student at CMU. His belief that a good education is an avenue to future success has led him to remain engaged with CMU and the next generation of business students.
As a Dow Corning Executive-in-Residence, Underwood has shared his business and entrepreneurial expertise with CMU students and faculty. He also lends his advice to students competing in CMU's New Venture Competition. In addition to his many contributions to the College of Business Administration, Underwood donated state-of-the-art technology from his companies to benefit CMU.