The Next Generation of Housing Takes Hold in Texas

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Justin MacDonald (left) shares a laugh with dad Granger at the Texas induction ceremony.

Home building often is a family affair. Many children of builders who grow up among blueprints and sawdust eventually come to work alongside their parents. Retired builders pass along their businesses to their sons and daughters.

Sometimes, leaders in our Federation help inspire their children to assume positions of authority as well.

Such is the case with NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald and his son Justin. Like his father, Justin has been active in the NAHB leadership at the local, state and national levels. And just last Friday, Granger installed Justin as president of the Texas Association of Builders (TAB).

“A lot of us get to share our passion for home building with our children. This is good for our families, and good for the industry,” Granger MacDonald said. “We can help groom the next generation of residential construction leaders.”

Justin works with his father as president and chief operating officer of the MacDonald Companies. He has also been heavily involved in all levels of the federation. He served as president of the Hill Country Builders Association twice.

In addition to his role as TAB president, Justin served on its executive and finance committees and led its government relations committee. Plus, he is a member of NAHB’s Board of Directors.

The MacDonald family passion for housing began with Granger’s mother, and Justin’s grandmother, Jean MacDonald. Jean started the business in the post-war era as demand for housing increased in Texas.

A housing finance expert, Jean was so often the first woman to reach key professional milestones that she was known by many as the state’s “first lady of home building.”

She was also very active within the Federation. Jean posthumously received NAHB’s Exemplary Service to Home Building Award earlier this year.

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