NAHB Education Instructors are a tremendous benefit to hundreds of student every year, guiding them through the information, trends and skills that will help them grow their businesses.
NAHB Master Instructors have taken the extra steps to connect with students and HBA staff, as well as advocate for lifelong learning. They have more than 10 years of real-world experience in the content they teach and take pride in promoting the NAHB Education curriculum.
When he’s not teaching, Donny Mack, CAPS, CGP, CGR, CSP, GMB, is a third-generation builder, founder and CEO of Mack Professionals, a general contracting company serving a wide and diversified client base from residential remodels and custom homes to commercial remodeling and construction in Sanger, Texas.
We sat down with Donny to get to know him a little better:
What is your favorite thing about being an NAHB instructor?
Interacting with the participants and helping facilitate conversations about growing our businesses.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
Create a culture in your business that people want to work in and be a part of.
What was your first job in the building industry?
Roofing houses ─ actually, picking up shingles ─ with my dad and brother.
What is your favorite course to teach?
I enjoy teaching Project Management, as it is one of three major areas of a construction business, the other two being administration and sales and marketing. I am a firm believer that anyone who makes a living in an industry has a moral obligation to give back.
Project management is my favorite part of owning a construction company. I try to pass this passion on to the participants in a way that they will leave with an increased feeling of enthusiasm regarding the importance of project management in their business. It’s like the poem by Will Allen Dromgoole titled The Bridge Builder. All instructors are bridge builders, whether they see their influence this way or not.
What drew you to the building industry?
The enjoyment of building. My grandfather and uncles were in the industry back when you did it all yourself.
What TV show do you consider binge-worthy?
What are some of your hobbies when you’re not building or teaching?
Woodworking and fiddling with classic cars.
What’s your favorite vacation spot?
What’s your favorite movie?
Dog person or cat person?
What is one thing in your career you could go back and change if you could?
I would have joined the HBA and gotten involved in education sooner.
I’m a busy builder with a lot on my plate: Why should I make time for education?
You can never learn too much about an industry where you earn your living.