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Member Spotlight - Marc MacConnell, Arch-Con Corporation

April 14, 2021

How did you get started in the real estate industry?

I received a degree in Construction Science from Texas A&M and started working after graduation for a general contractor. I then moved into the development side of retail construction where, for a decade, I acquired sweeping knowledge of the development process. From there, I settled back into the general construction side of development at Arch-Con® Corporation leading the Retail Division and now Central Texas’ operations for the company.

What are some of the biggest challenges you face as a professional?

Flawless forecasting is the name of the game in general construction. This means anticipating obstacles to ensure we finish every project on time and budget. This is a constant, inherent challenge. Flawless forecasting is also important when keeping a healthy pipeline of projects for our team of employees.

Who is your mentor?

There have been a number of mentors throughout my career, but no single greater influence than my father on how I do business.

What's the best professional development advice you've received lately?

Don’t get defensive. Listen to your client.  Make sure you hear their concerns and respond thoughtfully rather than react for self-preservation. It is simply unproductive. 

Where's your favorite spot to have a business meeting?

In a social setting, such as a restaurant.

Name 3 artists in your phone?

I have to go with Van Halen, Iron Maiden and The Cult.  I am an old school rock and roll guy. I play bass guitar and am active in several tribute bands and I have several hundreds of artists on my phone. Can you tell this is my favorite question?

What's your biggest guilty pleasure?

Chocolate, for sure.

What other organizations or community interests are important to you?

I have enjoyed my involvement in CREW, ICSC and volunteering at my church.

What's your favorite thing about RECA?

The social gathering of like-minded professionals to assist in the common good of real estate and development. 

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