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Name: Wm. “Mack” McDonald, Jr.
Leadership Charlotte Class: 24
Title/Company: CEO, Renaissance West Community Initiative
Education: MBA from Bryan School of Business at UNC Greensboro, BS Electrical Engineering from NC A&T State University
Current personal or leadership goals: Lead my organization and implement its strategy in a way that becomes a model for working with people to help them break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
If you could describe your Leadership Charlotte experience in a few words or phrases what would they be?
Refreshing, Rewarding, Empowering
How did your Leadership Charlotte experience affect what you’re doing today?
The lessons on Servant Leadership reinforced my beliefs and continue to impact my leadership style to this day.
Favorite way to spend a weekend in Charlotte:
Act like a tourist: Get a hotel uptown. Visit all the museums and parks. Dine at the nice restaurants. Experience an event at the arena, theater or stadium. Hang out at the EpiCenter. Ride the light rail. Or, do the same thing in Ballantyne, NoDa, University City, Lake Norman or any suburb of Charlotte.
Greatest personal accomplishment and why:
Being married for 28 years and raising 3 wonderful children is my greatest accomplishment. It’s my greatest accomplishment because it is hard and requires patience, love and kindness. It has been the most rewarding and at the same time heart wrenching. It was personally important to me because I believe families are the bedrock of our society.
What are you doing in the community these days?
I am so fortunate that my job keeps me in the community. At the Renaissance West Community Initiative, I deal with most, if not all, of the issues we discussed in Leadership Charlotte on a weekly, if not daily, basis. However, I still find time to volunteer with organizations such as the Charlotte Merchants Foundation and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.