Who We Are

Jack McDonald

Executive Chairman

Jack McDonald is Co-Owner, Director and Executive Chairman of McDonald York Building Company. In his role as Executive Chairman, Jack provides support and advice to the chief executive officer and executive team. He visits job sites and checks in with superintendents and shakes hands with the people who are on the front lines. Jack serves as an ambassador for the company by meeting with prospective and current clients; through all his contacts with employees and clients, he spreads and preserves the McDonald York culture of “A Family Company” and the values of the MYWay® philosophy. Jack is a Registered Professional Engineer and a seasoned construction executive with 43 years of experience.

In 1993, Jack partnered with Smedes York to form McDonald York Building Company by merging Coleman and Wood, a general contractor in Rockville, Maryland, where Jack was President and part owner since 1986 with York Construction Company, a Raleigh general contractor since 1910 and where Smedes was President and part owner. Jack became President and CEO and Smedes York became Chairman of the Board of the new company. In 2003, Smedes and Jack bought the company outright.

Jack graduated from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. Shortly after graduation, he attended US Army Officer Candidate School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia and was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the US Army where he served two years in the Corp of Engineers during which time he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal. He has completed post-graduate courses at University of Dayton.

Upon the completion of his military service in 1969, Jack joined B.G. Danis, a general contractor in Dayton, Ohio where he progressed through positions of increasing responsibilities including estimator, project engineer and project manager. Prior to joining Coleman and Wood, Jack was President of the Texas Division of McCarthy Building Companies which he started in 1983 and grew the division to over $100 million in revenues and 100 employees.

Jack is an avid golfer and member of Old Chatham Golf Club where he serves on the Board of Directors. He is a member of the 50 group and was a founding member of the advisory board for NCSU's Civil Engineering department. He has been married to Sheila for 47 years, has 3 married children, Michael, Colleen and Shannon and 8 grandchildren.