Who We Are

Heather Denny


Heather Denny is Chief Executive Officer of McDonald York Building Company. Heather joined McDonald York after graduating from North Carolina State University in December 1995 and has built her 22-year career at McDonald York. She became only the 5th President in the 100-year history of the company in 2010 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2013. As Chief Executive Officer, her focus is on strategy and expanding the company’s presence in the Triangle region. She is the driving force behind MYWay(r), a McDonald York client-focused philosophy and tailored delivery process. She has had strong success in growing key relationships for the company and leading the business into the life sciences and corporate markets that has significantly improved company results. It is that relationship building that she now uses to focus on strengthening McDonald York's geographic presence.

One of Heather's key focuses has been serving the community and helping others. She is actively involved in many local and state professional and nonprofit organizations. She has served in leadership roles in the majority of these groups. Heather chooses organizations that are both professionally and personally meaningful to her along with organizations that allow her to make a significant impact within the community. Currently her activity includes board positions for the Triangle Area Chapter of the American Red Cross , Triangle Family Services, Triangle YMCA, John Rex Endowment and the Durham Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the NC State Civil Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) departments advisory board, , Union Bank advisory board, NC CEO Summit Executive Board and Board of Governors for the City Club of Raleigh. Heather has also served as President for several professional organizations such as Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women (TCREW), the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).

Heather has received numerous awards including Top 50 Business Leaders to Watch by the Triangle Business Journal, Engineering News Record 20 Under 40, Triangle Business Journal's 40 Under 40, CREW Network 20 Under 40, Triangle Business Journal's Women in Business and Business Leader Magazine's Women Extraordinaire.

Heather graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering - Construction Option