Each year, OBJ and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce choose 40 of the region’s top young entrepreneurs and business executives and recognize them for their professional achievements, expertise and community service.
In these profiles, OBJ highlights some of this year’s recipients – their impressive accomplishments, what drives them and how they like to spend their downtime away from the business world.
Company: Commercial real estate sales, leasing, property management and investments
Education: Bachelor of arts in economics, Carleton University (2001); project management certificate, Algonquin College (2002)
Charitable involvement: Orleans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre
Biggest biz achievement: Creating significant value for our investors in the real estate assets that we manage through re-positioning, building enhancements and strong tenant relations.
Biggest obstacle: I am normally quiet and reserved, so overcoming the fear of the sales process and making cold calls to generate business have been challenges. It is something I continue to struggle with today; however, I have become more confident with my approach.
Biggest influence: My father, Don MacKay. He has given me business advice starting at a very young age and continues to be a support person in my day-to-day business and personal life.
Biggest lesson learned: My Opa, Arnold Vandenbelt, taught me the motto, “You can’t accomplish anything sitting on your ass.” He taught me lessons in hard work and staying motivated to achieve your goals.
First job: Cleaning golf clubs and carts at Camelot Golf & Country Club.
Advice I’d give the younger me: Get out, travel more and experience different places before starting your career.
What’s left to do: Personally, being by the side of my wife Cindy and watching our two young boys develop in all aspects of their lives. Professionally, continue growing by adding more real estate assets to our owned and managed portfolio.
Favourite pastimes: Golfing in summer and playing hockey in winter.
I’m currently reading: Origin by Dan Brown
Favourite movie: Old School
Favourite song: Black by Pearl Jam
Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa Senators
Favourite local summer event: Ottawa Bluesfest
Preferred social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram
Twitter handle: @facilitiescom