Jim McDonald

Jim McDonald

President of Great Lakes Region

Jim leads strategic vision and provides overall direction for the Ryan development, design, construction, real estate management and capital markets teams that make up the Great Lakes Region. He has been with Ryan Companies for more than two decades—migrating from construction and development—and has played an integral leadership role in high-profile regional projects across all sectors, including healthcare, industrial, office, multifamily and mixed-use. A mission-and-vision-driven professional, Jim is widely respected for his ability to take complicated issues and break them down so that all stakeholders easily understand the big picture, which builds consensus and sets the stage for mutually beneficial outcomes. He believes that good leadership involves setting the course, communicating clearly, then empowering and supporting teams while facilitating relationships. His personal approach and depth of knowledge are a model to others, reinforcing our culture of excellence and commitment to customers.

Affiliations & Memberships

Board of Directors, Naperville Development Partnership
Former Board Member, Illinois Medical District (IMD) Guest House

We don't just build buildings, we build stories.

At Ryan Companies, we have the privilege of creating the spaces where people live their lives. Whether it's their residence, their place of work, or the space where they come to play, these are places where people thrive. And as experts in construction and commercial real estate, our creativity is fueled by your story. Together, we build value, build communities and build the backdrops for life.

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