Black History Month Employee Spotlight: Terrence Mack, CEM, CCM

As Black History Month 2022 comes to a close, we are thrilled to highlight another one of our incredible employees – Sr. Project Manager Terrence Mack, CEM, CCM. A member of our Southern California team and Sr. Project Manager for the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Sustainability Initiatives Unit, Terrence has more than 25 years of complex project experience. He has worked for a number of clients in the utilities, federal, municipal and education sectors, including the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), Southern California Edison, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the City of Santa Ana and more. Most recently, Terrence’s projects have been recognized for their performance excellence with the 2021 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Sustainability Excellence Award and the 2021 LADWP Leadership Award. He is also recognized as a Certified Energy Manager by the Association of Energy Engineers and a Certified Construction Manager by the Construction Management Association of America. Read on to learn more about Terrence and his thoughts on Black History Month.

What do you like most about working for Vanir? 

 Vanir is a very culturally diverse company and has been a source of inspiration. The story of its founder, Mr. H. Frank Dominguez, gives hope to many people and I see that same motivation with my Vanir colleagues. I also understand that they are not just working a job, but pursuing a higher vision. That vision is contagious and has allowed me to pursue higher goals as well.

Could you tell us a little about your current role?

I am responsible for the development and implementation of District- wide sustainable programs and projects at Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). These programs entail energy efficiency programs, water conservation programs, renewable energy programs and energy awareness programs. It is very satisfying to know that I can contribute to a sustainable learning environment for all LAUSD students.

In recognition of Black History Month, what does the month-long celebration mean to you? 

It is very important to recognize those individuals who have contributed to the advancement of historically underserved people. Their lives serve as an inspiration for all people, since everyone faces challenges and must find ways to overcome them. We have very short memories, so Black History Month serves as a reminder that in spite of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, we can continue to achieve.

How has diversity impacted your career decisions?

As long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be an engineer. George Washington Carver of Tuskegee Institute was my inspiration to pursue science and engineering. I have been blessed to able to achieve a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy (Go Navy!) and work professionally in my career for the past 25 years. My future goal is to influence the younger generations to pursue careers in science, engineering or construction management.