Tony McGinnis: Coming Full Circle

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Tony is the Interim Executive Director of a housing authority in Alabama. His early life wasn’t easy, growing up in Public Housing. You can listen to his story on TrailBlazersImpact, Season 4, and in his book, Life in the Bricks. Find out how he worked his way out of public housing to become a global basketball star. And then find out what he did when tradegy befell him.

Coming full circle, he now manages housing authority properties. The housing authority staff are essential workers, trying to keep a roof over the heads of one of our most vulnerable populations. They have split shifts in the office, and the rest of the staff are working from home. They are trying to stay as normal as possible while they can. They have closed their lobbies and are not going into units unless it is an extreme emergency. They have streamlined opertions and focus on the important things.

He appreciates his time spent with his family, although it’s especially difficult for his wife who had just opened a new dental practice.  He was shocked to hear about his college roommate who died from the coronavirus in New York – and he was a 48 year old college athelete!

You can purchase Tony’s book, Life in the Bricks, from Amazon or from the SHOP page at

About nanmckay

Nan has been President of Nan McKay and Associates, Inc. since 1980. She started Nan McKay Connects LLC in 2019 and has started 4 other businesses over the last 50 years. She has received numerous awards including the Allan Anderson Award of Merit from Minnesota National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, the Section 8 Administrators Award, in 2018 the National Association of Women Business Owners’ (NAWBO) Signature Award for Southern California, and in 2019 she was selected by NAWBO as the California Woman Business Owner of the Year. She was co-founder of Minnesota Women in Housing and has served on the Board of Directors for the National Leased Housing Association for many years. She has two buildings named after her in Minnesota, a 10-story elderly high-rise, the Nan McKay Building, and a family subsidized development, McKay Manor. Nan now hosts four podcast shows featuring stories of women empowerment, oral history makers of affordable housing and community development, and stories of ordinary people coping with COVID-19 pandemic.;

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