Name: Mark Donahue
Job Title: VP, general manager
Firm Name and Location: Mortenson Construction, Minneapolis
Age: 39
Education: BS, Purdue University

Promoted to VP and general manager of Mortenson in 2010. Oversees more than 200 professionals and $300 million in renewable power projects each year, as well as non-wind renewable markets in the U.S. and Canada (solar power, next-generation biofuels and hydroelectric power).

Under his purview, Mortenson has become the leading contractor of wind power construction in Canada, making it possible to open a new office in Ontario in January 2011.

Provides oversight to Kaizen Promotion Office, which strives for continuous improvement and greater efficiency of processes.

Recent Project:

$86 million St. Joseph Wind Farm, St. Joseph, M.B.

$65 million Carroll Wind Farm expansion, Carroll, Iowa.

$56.5 million Dokie Wind project, Chetwynd, B.C.


Participates in Mortenson Adopt-A-School program, which educates students about renewable energy.

Off the Clock:

Little League baseball coach for eight years running.

Favorite reads: anything by Vince Flynn.

Favorite food: Chicago’s Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza.

Secret Life:

Purdue University’s Mark Donahue Award, which recognizes students showing outstanding commitment to the school’s student housing corporation, is named in his honor.


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