Chairman: York Properties, Inc., Prudential York Simpson Underwood and the McDonald York Building Company

G. Smedes York is a respected businessman and instrumental developer within the Triangle area. In the 1970’s and 80’s, Mr. York served the needs of the Raleigh community as a Raleigh City Councilman, representing District E. and, later, as Mayor of Raleigh for two terms. He spent his professional career in real estate and construction and is Chairman of York Properties, Inc. and related companies, Prudential York Simpson Underwood and the McDonald York Building Company. York Construction Company, his family’s business founded in 1910, built several buildings at North Carolina State University, including the first segment of the Bell Tower. In addition to his business, he has served as chairman of the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry and the NC State University Board of Trustees. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Research Triangle Foundation, the YMCA of the Triangle and North Carolina Amateur Sports. He served as Chairman of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) from 1989 to 1991 and continues to serve as a trustee. As a member of the ULI, he has chaired many panel advisory service assignments, including in New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Mr. York’s work has been honored with the Chamber of Commerce A.E. Finley Award, the Boys Clubs of America Silver Medallion, the News and Observer’s Tar Heel of the Week award, Realtor of the Year, the Boy Scouts Distinguished Citizen Award and the Watauga Medal from NC State. Mr. York earned his B.S. with high honors in Civil Engineering from NC State and a M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 1964-66, he served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and received an Army Commendation Medal for his service in South Korea. He and his wife, Rosemary, have two children, George and William, and two grandchildren, Smedes and Bowen.