Mark McMillin Inducted into Local Builder Hall of Fame

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A 30-year veteran of the home-building industry and third-generation real estate entrepreneur, Mark McMillin, president and CEO of The Corky McMillin Companies, has been inducted into the Building Industry Association of San Diego County's Hall of Fame.

Mark McMillin, president and CEO of The Corky McMillin Companies, has been inducted into the Building Industry Association of San Diego County's Hall of Fame, announced Sandra Perlatti, who serves as both senior vice president of marketing and communication for The Corky McMillin Companies and chairwoman of the Hall of Fame selection committee for the BIA.

McMillin joins Dawn Kearney Davidson as the two inductees for the local association in 2007. Previous inductees include: John Clark, Jr., Ernest Hahn, Lee Hubbard, Alan Perry, Stan Scott and Mark's father Corky, all inducted in 1994, Loisene Copeland and Allen Jaffe in 1995, Jeff Bernatz and Aaron Kolkey in 1997, Mike Reynolds in 1998, Gary Campbell and Keith Johnson in 1999, Sandra Perlatti and Stan Swartz in 2000, Eve Hager in 2001, Mick Pattinson in 2002, Kathy Courtney and Chris Spaniol in 2003 and Bill Davidson in 2005.

As a 30-year veteran of the home-building industry and third-generation real estate entrepreneur, McMillin has been proactive in the BIA of San Diego County since entering the field and has made numerous contributions over the years.

"I have been a member of the McMillin team for nearly 30 years and I am well aware of the substantial contributions that Mark has given to the building industry on all levels -- locally, within the state, and nationally," said Perlatti. "I am very pleased that Mark was selected by the committee of past honorees for induction this year."

Son of the late Corky McMillin, Mark virtually grew up on construction sites and, upon graduation from San Diego State University in 1978, took on a leadership position within the family organization. As president and CEO, McMillin participates in the strategic planning and corporate decisions for the entire organization, which includes home building, both commercial and residential land development, mortgage lending and resale home sales.

McMillin has left a substantial impact on the BIA of San Diego County. His service includes membership on the board of directors from 1994 to 2003, including serving as secretary in 1995, treasurer in 1996, vice president in 1997, president in 1998 and past president in 1999. Under his presidency, he established the BIA communications committee and hired the organization's first internal communications director, thus making internal communication an organizational priority. The establishment of this committee led to the highly successful "Crusader" get-out-the-vote program, among other innovative communication strategies.

Additionally, Mark McMillin was named the BIA's Industry Professional of the Year in 1996, largely due to his spearheading of the widely successful Tour d'Elegance fundraising events for the organization for two consecutive seasons, which raised $60,000 and $80,000 for the BIA. He also oversaw the retooling of the Installation Gala as the largest annual fundraiser for the organization. Mark also holds the BIA record for the most members brought into the organization.

Other involvement by McMillin on a state and national level includes serving as a director of the National Association of Home Builders from 1996 to 2007, a member of the Political Action Committee for the California Building Industry Association from 2001 to 2007 and the California Major Builder Council in 2006 and 2007.

The McMillin organization, under Mark's leadership, has financially contributed to numerous non-profit organizations and recently earmarked significant contributions for institutions educating the future leaders of the local building industry. McMillin endowed San Diego State University's Real Estate Department in the amount of $1.5 million and donated $200,000 to Southwestern College to further education in the construction fields, along with $50,000 to University of San Diego to advance its commitment to educate the building industry's future executives.

Started in 1960 as a remodeling company and custom-home builder, The Corky McMillin Companies has grown into a fully integrated real estate investment, land development and home-building company operating in the California markets of San Diego, Bakersfield, Imperial Valley, Visalia and Fresno, as well as San Antonio, Texas. Specializing in move-up products for second-and third-time home buyers, the company also provides mortgage, escrow and real estate brokerage services. For more information on the diverse organization, visit http://www.mcmillin.com

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