Arol Wolford has been a well-known entrepreneur in the construction industry for the past 30 years. He founded Manufacturers’ Survey Group in 1975 and five years later entered the construction information industry with the startup of Construction Market Data (CMD) in Atlanta, Georgia. As President and CEO of CMD, Arol oversaw the CMD Group of companies which included such well known information sources as Association Construction Publications, Architects’ First Source, Buildcore Product Source, CanaData, Clark Reports, Construction Market Data (CMD), Cordell Building Information Services, Manufacturers’ Survey Associates, and R.S. Means. CMD Group was also part owner of BIMSA/Mexico and Burwood Reports in Southeast Asia. Arol sold CMD Group to Cahners (now Reed Construction Data) in 2000.
Arol served on the Board of Revit before it was sold to Autodesk and has pursued the goal of empowering Architects, Engineers and Contractors. In 1997, Arol was named honorary member of The American Institute of Architects in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the architectural profession. More recently he was selected to serve on the AIA 150 Committee, the only non-architect so honored. Arol holds a degree in biology from Westmont College of California.
Arol is married with two children and five grandchildren. His interests include spending time with family, traveling, reading, and sailing.