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John McAdams, PE, PLS

Founder and Chairman
Founder and Chairman

John McAdams is the visionary leader who founded McAdams in 1979. He has grown the company to be one of the largest and most respected design, engineering and planning companies in the Southeast. John’s career includes leading some of the area’s most notable projects, including Landfall in Wilmington and the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham. John chairs the company’s Board of Directors and works on corporate strategy initiatives while serving a few select clients.

Favorite Childhood Memory:

“When I was 14, I traveled with my Boy Scout troop to New Mexico. Until then, I had never traveled outside NC. Hiking along the trails among the Ponderosa pines, the beavers and brook trout was nothing like suburban Raleigh. This trip kindled my life-long interest in traveling to see other parts of the world.”