James ‘MACK’ McClelland
Co-Founder & CEO
President, MACK Construction
Co-Founder & COO
The fastest-growingreal estate company in Chicago
Crain’s Fastest Growing 2014
MACK Companies is an organization of real estate divisions that offer investment, construction, residential, commercial, landscape, and brokerage services.
At MACK Investments we are dedicated to providing our clients with a sensible solution to owning residential investment real estate by offering redeveloped, tenanted assets managed by industry experts.
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At MACK Commercial, our mission is simple; give business owners the opportunity to expand their businesses in high quality, build to suit commercial spaces in locations optimal for high traffic volume.
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Our mission at MACK Construction focuses on providing all clients, in both the private and public sectors with quality construction services that are delivered on time and on budget.
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Our MACK Estates mission centers on exceeding ownership value and expectations through the timely delivery of low maintenance, beautifully designed homes with modern finishes.
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The mission of all rent MACK professionals is to provide our current and prospective residents with the highest quality rental and ownership opportunities in redeveloped homes located in desirable communities.
MACK Companies Management
“We care deeply for each other and it shows every day.”
Entering my 38th year in real estate, I oversee MACK Companies, which has become a leader in development and re-development of real estate.
For me, it all started in 1976 as a real estate agent. In 1979 I started Gaslight Realty in South Holland, Illinois. In 1982 I sold it to ReMax Realty. This ushered in the development of commercial residential real estate for me. — Read More
“We have grown but we have never strayed from our core values.”
Although I have been partner with my Dad for over fifteen years, I did not start my career in Real Estate. After earning my degrees in environmental science, I held an associate professorship at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. After two years of teaching, I decided it was time to come back to Chicago to pursue a career in Real Estate. — Read More
“On our strong, diverse team, every single person brings something to the table.”
From the time I was five years old, driving around with my dad to construction sites, I knew that’s where I wanted to be. Throughout high school and college, I would work on construction jobs during the summer, on weekends and sometimes at night. It’s just always been a part of my life, and I’ve loved it. — Read More
“I had an immediate fascination with the fast-paced environment.”
After graduating with a B.A. from the University of Oregon in 2007, there was not a doubt in my mind that I belonged in real estate because of my appreciation for architecture, interest in investments, love for construction and easy ability to communicate and understand the needs of others.
“I am proud to bring what I have learned to this conglomerate of highly energized people.”
Growing up in Chicago, I have always been a sports fan. My brother and I kept track of all the sports stats, and my grandfather was a president at a bank. He let me work on his ten key. In high-school at a career day, it dawned on me that accounting might be a good idea. — Read More
Founded in 1998, serving investors, development partners, businesses, renters and home owners for nearly 20 years
The MACK Companies Philosophy
In a neighborhood right outside Chicago, centered in a town rich with history you’ll find the MACK Companies; a family of real estate divisions. The parent company, MACK Industries, was established in 1998 by Chicago entrepreneurs and real estate redevelopers, Jim McClelland and James “MACK” McClelland. Mr. Mack, as he is referred to by his employees, partnered with his son Jim to lay the foundation for what is now one of the nation’s largest redevelopers of single-family homes. The McClelland family of industry professionals brought with them a wide array of talent, but most importantly, the McClelland father and son brought with them a set of core values they embedded deep into the corporate philosophy. Those values allowed them to expand far past the family owned and operated MACK Industries to grow to an organization of over 6 construction and real estate divisions and 150+ employees known as MACK Companies.
“Here at MACK Companies, we are all about family and it permeates all aspects of our business. Family is all about caring, support, and relationships which are the very same values we extend to our business philosophy.”
- Jim McClelland
MACK Companies Values
By keeping true to the values we were founded on, MACK Companies can continue on its efforts of ‘Raising the Quality of Life.’
MACK Companies Culture
At MACK Companies we work and play like a team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The office environment is one full of collaboration, thought provoking conversations and an open line to ownership. The MACK Companies management holds weekly operation and leadership meetings where employees are encouraged to communicate hurdles and problem-solve new solutions. After working hours you can find the MACK Companies team participating in local sporting events, socializing at a local restaurant or shooting hoops on Tuesday nights at the Orland Park Sportsplex. For those who’ve joined the MACK Companies team, there is an immediate sense of belonging – where your personal and work successes are celebrated and where you are encouraged to do your part in ‘Raising the Quality of Life’ for customers, vendors and co-workers on a daily basis.
MACK Companies is a proud Chicago business with roots embedded deep into the history and culture of the South Chicago Suburbs. All professionals on our team are dedicated to improving the communities we serve by working hand in hand with local municipalities, buying from local vendors and participating in local events and charities. For over 20 years MACK Companies leadership has fostered relationships with over 30 locally owned Chicago businesses and partnered with numerous political figures; all of whom center their focus on bettering the communities they operate in. For over 5 years the residential divisions of MACK Companies (MACK Estates and rentMACK) have provided pet friendly homes in conjunction with the organization’s support of the Tinley Park based P.A.W.S. shelter. In March of 2014 a group of MACK Companies professionals and partnered businesses joined the Tinley Park Park District Mens 12” Softball League where they made it to the spring playoffs.