Spotlight Interview: Justin Davis with ISEC Inc.

This Black History Month we aim to celebrate our construction team’s experiences and insights while also fostering meaningful discussion around the importance of representation and their contributions in the construction industry.

Tell us a little bit about your family and growing up in the City of Inglewood. 

Justin Davis: I am an Inglewood native and have lived here for the last 30 years of my life. I got into some trouble for a few years and after my release, I entered My Brother’s Keepers program and this job was the first to give me a chance. I appreciate Mya Thomas from PDA Consulting who never gave up on me. She kept calling me and told me to be patient and it finally happened. It was a blessing for sure! It opened a few doors for me. I now have a trucking business and a clothing company, and I am about to open a sober living house. All it takes is for one person to believe in you. Thank you, Mya.

(Learn more about the My Brother’s Keepers program here – a program dedicated to providing opportunities and support for young people, particularly from underserved communities.)

What is your role for Intuit Dome and what are your plans after the arena’s completion?

JD: I am a finish carpenter. Our company is currently building suites, clubs, concession stands, and restrooms. We are working on seven out of the eight floors in the arena. I started working on this project last June. I have been working so hard that my Foreman, Nacho Meza, who has been a mentor for me, has let me know that if I continue working hard, he will take me with him to his next projects. I try to never complain about things in my life because I have things that other people pray for.

How did you start your career?

JD: I was a plumber since 2008 before learning carpentry. I went to the 2nd Calland joined their program. Thanks to John “Big John” Harriel Jr. who introduced me to My Brother’s Keeper where I went through extensive training, but I held on because I wanted this. It was hard but I saw the big picture. This is not just a job, it’s a career.

(Learn more about the 2nd Call program here – a program dedicated to offering support and training for individuals reentering society, focusing on education, employment, and personal development.)

What advice would you give to aspiring Black youth who are interested in pursuing a career in the construction industry?

JD: Honestly, I would say to think of it as your future. You will have an opportunity to move up, buy a home, and take care of your family. There’s always room to grow and to learn in this industry. As long as you work you will be able to feed yourself and your family.

What does Black History Month represent for you?

JD: It means FREEDOM. The way it started with the history of our ancestors to now. Things have changed and it’s important to know and understand how far we have come. The fact that we got to see President Obama take office is freedom for us. We now have things our grandparents never dreamed of.

Thank you, Justin, for sharing your experiences and what being in the construction field means to you. Black History Month serves as a reminder not only to celebrate the past but also to embrace the journey toward a future where every individual is recognized, valued, and empowered. Together, let us build a brighter and more equitable future for generations to come.

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