Written by The Business Journal Staff
The seven will join the ranks of more than 200 men and women recognized for their professional and philanthropic contributions to the building industry during a gala June 27 in San Diego.
A Florida native, McDonald served in the U.S. Navy from 1962-66, bringing him to Naval Air Station, Lemoore. After an honorable discharge in 1966, he started school at Fresno State in 1970 and embarked on a 47-year career in land development, homebuilding and banking.
Over his career, his companies have been involved in one form or another in building more than 7,500 homes and lots, earning him a reputation for producing high-quality workmanship with an impeccable attention to detail, according to the California Homebuilding Foundation.
In 1980, McDonald was the founding chairman of Regency Bank, which had a subsidiary, Regency Service Corp., that developed and built more than 3,500 homes and lots.
Large scale communities were also successful for McDonald’s companies. McDonald was principal on the Dominion project, a 500-acre planned community of more than 3,000 units and 52 acres of commercial property and Copper River Ranch, a 900-acre golf course community with 3,682 units and 74 acres of commercial property.
He is currently building several gated, planned developments at Copper River Ranch.
McDonald has also been an active member of the Building Industry Association of Fresno and Madera counties since 1975, serving as chairman in 2002.
He is involved with various community organizations such as Saint Agnes Medical Center, California State University of Fresno’s Athletic Department, Fresno Inter-City Revitalization Committee, Pepperdine School of Law Board, California Baptist University and Johns Hopkins Hospital, among others.
Gary has been married to Beverly Nichols McDonald for 51 years. They have one daughter, Tisha McDonald, son-in-law, Chad Morgan, and grandchildren, Sloan and Kensington Morgan.
The other inductees to the California Homebuilding Foundation Hall of Fame include:
— Lynn L. Jacobs (posthumously): president of Ventura Affordable Homes, Inc. in Ventura
— Paul Johnson: senior vice president of community development for Rancho Mission Viejo, LLC in San Juan Capistrano
— Sandra Kulli: president of Kulli Marketing in Los Angeles
— Jill D. Williams, AIA: principal/chairman of KTGY Architecture+Planning in Oakland
— Borre Winckel: President and Chief Executive Officer of the Building Industry Association of San Diego County in San Diego
—Bob Yoder: Division President of Shea Homes Southern California in Irvine