Derek Lanning Named to the ABC Carolinas Board of Directors

Jan 31 2017

O’Neal’s Brian Gallagher Leads ABC in 2017
ABC Announces 2017 Board of Directors

Contact:    Doug Carlson (704) 367-1331

Charlotte, NC — Brian Gallagher, vice president of marketing for Greenville-based O’Neal, Inc. has been elected 2017 Chairman of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of the Carolinas, representing more than 1,800 member firms in North and South Carolina.

“2017 has the potential to be a great year for the construction industry in the Carolinas,” said Gallagher.  “ABC will continue to support member companies through education, workforce development and training opportunities, and networking events.  We are committed to being a positive voice for the construction industry in our schools and community — providing students with exposure to construction career opportunities, leading community service initiatives, and working with state and national elected officials on critical issues for the construction industry.”

Gallagher will lead a diverse team volunteer members on the Board of Directors:
Brian Gallagher    O'Neal Inc. - Upstate    Chairman   
Casie Sears Kerr   Sears Contract - Raleigh    Vice-Chair   
Tom Headlee        Watson Electrical Construction - Wilson    Treasurer , National Board   
Eric Perkinson       Brasfield & Gorrie - Raleigh    Past-Chairman  
Doug Carlson        ABC of the Carolinas - Charlotte    President   
Scott Colter           Colter Electric Company    CECA Liaison   
Ken Peeples          BB&T Insurance - Durham      
Art Odom              David Allen Company - Raleigh    National Board   
Jeff Whitten           Starr Electric - Charlotte       
Dave Knudson      Choate Construction Company - Raleigh       
Kurt Eyring            Miller-Valentine Group - Columbia       
Ryan Wathen        Rodgers - Charlotte    National Board   
Chris Moore          Carolina Power - Upstate       
Robert Beale         W.M. Jordan Company       
Derek Lanning      Miles-McClellan Construction       
Steve Smith           Smith Terry & Johnson Construction Law       

Gallagher went on to say, “Most importantly, ABC will continue to promote the merit-shop construction philosophy – which encourages open competition and a free enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.”
According to ABC of the Carolinas President and CEO Doug Carlson, ABC is the only construction industry association that represents the entire construction team — general contractors, specialty contractors, suppliers, industry professionals — with an equal voice.

Editors Note:  Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas represent the merit construction contractors and related firms in the Carolinas as a chapter of ABC, a national association representing more than 23,000 members.  For more news and information visit


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