Long-established McDonald York Building Company announces leadership change

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Heather Denny with Tanner Holland

The Triangle-area’s oldest construction business, McDonald York Building Company, says in an announcement that it is splitting the duties of CEO and president into two roles, with Heather Denny remaining as CEO and Tanner Holland being promoted to president effective June 15.

The company originally opened for business in 1097.

Chief executive Denny has held both roles since 2015 and the role of president since 2010. Holland, formerly executive vice-president and chief operating officer, will continue to report to Denny.

“This move will help McDonald York capitalize on the construction opportunities created by the growth of the Triangle market while creating an organizational structure that allows Heather and Tanner time to focus on their strengths, interests and specialized skills,” the news release says.

As chief executive officer, Denny will continue to focus on expanding the company’s presence in Chapel Hill, Durham, Research Triangle Park, Raleigh and surrounding areas by developing deeper relationships within these communities. Meanwhile, as president, Holland will lead McDonald York’s construction operations “reflecting the strategic focus and importance that the company places on growing its construction operations including talent recruitment and retention, while emphasizing a positive client experience and maintaining the company’s award-winning safety program,” the statement said.

“I am honored and excited to be named president and lead McDonald York’s construction team,” Holland said. “I appreciate the confidence that has been placed in me and look forward to working closely with Heather, our owners Jack McDonald and Smedes York, the board and our management team to write the next chapter in our 107-year history. We have an exceptional organization of dedicated and talented professionals and look forward to our continued success.”

“Tanner’s ability to develop a culture that has attracted a highly talented workforce has been key to our continued success. His core values align with that of the company and he has earned the recognition as an executive leader within our company. I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for our company and our people. This move will strengthen our ability to deliver outstanding service to our clients,” said Denny.


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