ABC Carolinas names Kristen Powell as President and CEO

April 17, 2023

The Board of Directors for Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of the Carolinas (ABC Carolinas) announced that Kristen Powell has been named the chapter’s new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective Monday, April 17, 2023. South Carolina has three regional ABC councils – Midlands, Upstate and Lowcountry. North Carolina has four regional councils – Charlotte, Triad, Triangle and Coastal.

“Initially, Kristen was the obvious choice, but we went through a process to see what the market had to offer, and we talked to several candidates. In the end, Kristen was the best choice,” said Chris Moore, ABC Carolinas Chairman and President of CarolinaPower. “Her experience, knowledge, and passion for ABC is a valuable combination for the future of the chapter.”

Since joining ABC Carolinas in 2014, Kristen has been a key leader of the chapter’s staff. She has served as Regional Membership Director, assisted with chapter operations, and led key chapter events such as the annual Excellence in Construction (EIC) Awards and the Summer Construction Convention. Most recently, she served as Interim President and CEO.

“I am extremely grateful and appreciative of the opportunity to lead ABC Carolinas. I look forward to serving the members of ABC Carolinas while working beside our fantastic staff and to build on our current growth and success.” said Powell.

Powell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management from Winthrop University.


About ABC Carolinas – Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas (ABC Carolinas) represents general contractors, construction management firms, specialty contractors, various material and equipment suppliers, and service providers all dedicated to the construction industry in North and South Carolina. Based in Charlotte, NC, ABC Carolinas is one of 68 chapters of ABC, a national association representing more than 22,000 members. For more information and news, visit and follow the association on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.