John McAdams named recipient of 2017 Jerry Allen Courage in Leadership Award

Oct 02, 2017

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (October 2, 2017) –John R. McAdams, Founder & Chairman of McAdams – a North Carolina-based engineering and design firm, has been named the 2017 Jerry Allen Courage in Leadership Award winner by Zweig Group. John McAdams founded The John R. McAdams Company, now called McAdams, in 1979 with $9,000 and no pre-determined clients. He grew the company into one of the largest and most respected design, engineering and planning companies in the Southeast. McAdams has demonstrated courageous leadership throughout his nearly 40-year career. He brought experience, wisdom and leadership to his company of 175 professionals, guiding them through the recent recession. While many other firms had to close their doors, McAdams made the personal sacrifices necessary to save as many clients and employees as possible. “I’ve never witnessed greater leadership or courage than what I saw in John McAdams during the past recession, and at McAdams, we all now enjoy such greater prosperity and unity with an unlimited future, all-due to John’s courageous leadership in these key years,” said Mike Munn, president & CEO. Today the firm is enjoying strong growth while winning awards for best firm to work for, marketing excellence, and fast growth, among others. “John is a perfect model for the courage in leadership award” said Chad Clinehens, Zweig Group President and CEO. “It is the highest professional honor for a leader in the AEC industry and he represents everything we want in a winner. John is sacrificial, courageous, visionary, and ambitious and his career and life reflect these powerful attributes.” The Jerry Allen Courage in Leadership Award is given each year to someone working in an architecture, engineering, planning or environmental firm who has demonstrated in a unique way, personal courage in their actions and impacted their firm in extraordinary ways. This award is the highest individual honor given by Zweig Group. It is inspired by Jerry Allen, the innovative and inspirational leader that lead Fort Worth based Carter & Burgess (now Jacobs) through a period of extraordinary growth. Under Jerry’s direction, the company grew from 200 employees and $17 million in revenue in 1988, to 2,300 employees and $381 million in revenue by 2002. Allen, who was an incredible athlete and in fantastic physical condition most of his life, was struck down by colon cancer at age 62. Allen was an important mentor to Zweig Group founder and CEO, Mark C. Zweig, who developed this award in his honor. To learn more about this award visit:

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Zweig Group, three times on the Inc. 500/5000 list, is the industry leader and premiere authority in AEC firm management and marketing, the go-to source for data and research, and the leading provider of customized learning and training. Zweig Group exists to help AEC firms succeed in a complicated and challenging marketplace through services that include: Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategic Planning, Valuation, Executive Search, Board of Director Services, Ownership Transition, Marketing & Branding, and Business Development Training. The firm has offices in Dallas and Fayetteville, Arkansas.