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John R. 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. In addition to building the company and involvement in the firm’s largest projects in the early years, John has served on the Board of Directors of Harrington Bank, served as Board Member and Chairman of Triangle Land Conservancy and Carol Woods Retirement Community and currently serves on the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission. John chairs the company‚Äôs Board of Directors and works on corporate strategy initiatives, including acquisitions, the ownership transition program, shareholder communications and represents McAdams at the national conference level.

Favorite Childhood Memory:

“When I was 14, I traveled with my Boy Scout troop to New Mexico. Until then, I had never traveled outside of North Carolina. 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.”