Scott MacKay, partner, Facilities Commercial Management, broker, Facilities Commercial Realty

Scott MacKay

Each year, OBJ and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce choose 40 of the region’s top young entrepreneurs and business executives and recognize them for their professional achievements, expertise and community service.

 

In these profiles, OBJ highlights some of this year’s recipients – their impressive accomplishments, what drives them and how they like to spend their downtime away from the business world.

 

See the full list of recipient profiles here and be sure to check out OBJ’s coverage of the 2018 gala here.

Birthplace: Ottawa

Company: Commercial real estate sales, leasing, property management and investments

Education: Bachelor of arts in economics, Carleton University (2001); project management certificate, Algonquin College (2002)

Charitable involvement: Orleans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre

Biggest biz achievement: Creating significant value for our investors in the real estate assets that we manage through re-positioning, building enhancements and strong tenant relations.   

Biggest obstacle: I am normally quiet and reserved, so overcoming the fear of the sales process and making cold calls to generate business have been challenges. It is something I continue to struggle with today; however, I have become more confident with my approach.

Biggest influence: My father, Don MacKay. He has given me business advice starting at a very young age and continues to be a support person in my day-to-day business and personal life.

Biggest lesson learned: My Opa, Arnold Vandenbelt, taught me the motto, “You can’t accomplish anything sitting on your ass.” He taught me lessons in hard work and staying motivated to achieve your goals.

First job: Cleaning golf clubs and carts at Camelot Golf & Country Club.

Advice I’d give the younger me: Get out, travel more and experience different places before starting your career.

What’s left to do: Personally, being by the side of my wife Cindy and watching our two young boys develop in all aspects of their lives. Professionally, continue growing by adding more real estate assets to our owned and managed portfolio.

Favourite pastimes: Golfing in summer and playing hockey in winter.

I’m currently reading: Origin by Dan Brown

Favourite movie: Old School

Favourite song: Black by Pearl Jam

Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa Senators

Favourite local summer event: Ottawa Bluesfest

Preferred social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram

Twitter handle: @facilitiescom