Derek Lanning Named to the ABC Carolinas Board of Directors

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