Jonathan McPhail describes himself as a developer in the making. Growing up a son of a civil engineer, he spent many summer days visiting job sites. Looking back, he says it was those days that laid the foundation for his passion for development.
After completing his undergraduate at Mississippi State University in Management of Construction and Land Development, Jonathan moved to Jackson, Mississippi and began his career in residential construction. Within a year of graduating, he opened Benchmark Homes, LLC that focused on building custom homes in the Jackson Metro.
In 2010 Jonathan decided that he needed to grow the scope of his development career. He found the perfect fit in Auburn’s MRED executive format. The technical approach adopted by the program has proven to be very applicable to him. He believes that students of the MRED program can learn just as much on a peer to peer basis as from the experienced faculty Michael Robinson has set in place.
This Spring, in addition to the 2013 Reynolds Plantation Capstone project, Jonathan and a team of fellow students, participated in Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s “The Case.” This international competition challenges teams to compile a redevelopment plan for the existing J. Edgar Hoover building in Washington DC currently occupied by the FBI. If chosen as a finalist, the group will travel to Cambridge for final presentations on the MIT campus.
Jonathan believes Auburn has provided the necessary tools to further his development career that will focus on multi-family and mixed-use development. He plans on doing this where he and his wife, Andrea and children Emma and Benjamin have always called home, Jackson, Mississippi. For more information on Jonathan, please check out the “Developing A Developer” blog at developingadeveloper.wordpress.com. Jonathan can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.