- 7 Years at Burns & McDonnell
Purdue University, Iowa State University
Mal is a team player — from his days playing basketball at a Division I school to his role today serving projects through leadership, innovation and bottom-line results. To him, delivering client success is simple. He wants clients to be so happy with Burns & McDonnell’s work that they call him first, they call him again, and they don’t bother to call anyone else because their satisfaction level is so high.A guy named Charles Parker has had such an impact on my life. When I was 11, he saw me alone in the back of the bus on the way to an inner-city sports program. He’s a great friend and mentor to this day.
When he was little, Mal wanted to be a difference maker. He’s made good on his dream, recognized both for his inspirational, inclusive leadership style to his extraordinary charitable and civic involvement.
What’s a favorite story about your college experience?
Who in your past or present has had the most impact on the person you are today?
From a 33-year career standpoint, I can name 50 to 75 people. There was a culture shaping organizational guru named Waldo Jeff who impressed me early and often when I worked at Proctor & Gamble. Waldo befriended everyone. He could walk in a room and say nothing and hug everybody, and everyone’s spirits were lifted. He represented diversity, inclusion and organizational excellence.
If you could have dinner with any three people, who would they be?
My parents, who are deceased. I would love to tell them personally they did good.
Favorite local spot?
My man cave, with exercise equipment and a big screen television to watch the Royals, Chiefs, Cyclone basketball and other sports.