40 Under 40: Nate Jacobs, Director of Project Development, McCarthy Building Companies


Nate Jacobs

Nate Jacobs has always been fascinated by how things work — he was constantly building forts and bridges when growing up in rural Montana.

“In elementary school, I saw a movie with children playing on a zipline and immediately knew I needed one, but my parents thought it was too dangerous, so I took it upon myself to build one … from the third-story deck to a tree in the yard,” Jacobs said. It didn’t work but his perseverance was enough to convince his parents to purchase one.

Jacobs holds a degree in construction engineering from Montana State University and first came to Southern Nevada in 2007 for a summer internship at McCarthy Building Companies, joining the company full-time as a project engineer the following year after graduation. He assumed the position of director of project development in 2018 and is responsible for managing McCarthy’s strategic client relationships and market visibility in Nevada, as well as fostering relationships with industry partners.

His business development efforts in 2018 led to the Nevada office’s most successful sales year to date, resulting in nearly $850 million of project awards.

“We have several high-profile projects underway in Las Vegas and are looking forward to continuing to change the landscape of our great city,” Jacobs said. “As our team continues to grow, it will be paramount that we stay true to the culture and values that make McCarthy such a great partner. It’s not just about building projects; it’s about building a stronger community that will stand for generations to come.”