Who We Are

John “Jack” M. McDonald, PE

Executive Chairman

Jack McDonald is Co-Owner/Executive Chairman of McDonald York Building Company. Jack joined McDonald York (formerly Coleman and Wood prior to merger with York Construction) in 1986 and served as President until 2010 when he was named Executive Chairman. Under his guidance, McDonald York has been ranked as one of the Top 25 contractors in the Triangle for the last 25 years. His leadership exemplifies strong family culture and values advocating a continued commitment to ensuring the highest standards on safety, quality and core values. A leader in the company’s focus on building long-term relationships and achieving operational excellence, he was a driving force for developing and fostering employee development through McDonald York University. In addition, he is credited with promoting the introduction of technology into the company

Jack graduated from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science Degree 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 completed post-graduate courses at University of Dayton and has been a Registered Professional Engineer since 1975.

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. In 1983, he joined McCarthy Building Companies as President of its Texas Division which he started and grew the division to over $100 million in revenues and 100 employees. In 1986, Jack joined Coleman and Wood, a general contractor in Rockville, Maryland as part-owner and President.

In 1993, Jack partnered with Smedes York to form McDonald York by merging Coleman and Wood with York Construction Company, a Raleigh general contractor. Jack became president and Smedes became chairman of the new company. In 2003, Smedes and Jack bought the company outright.

Jack is a member of Old Chatham Golf Club where he serves on the board and is 4-time winner of the Chatham Cup. He is a member of the 50 Group and founding member of NCSU's Civil Engineering Department Advisory Board. He has been married to Sheila for 52 years, has 3 married children, Michael, Colleen and Shannon and 8 grandchildren.