Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of the Carolinas announces leadership team for 2023

February 14, 2023

Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas (ABC Carolinas) announces the 2023 leadership team for the organization’s Upstate Regional Leadership Council, chaired by W.M. Jordan’s Chet Bednar.

The Upstate Council leadership team will work closely with ABC Carolinas’ Jonna Turner, South Carolina Membership Director. Turner supports the Council’s efforts in building relationships, influencing policy, and supporting workforce development beneficial and valuable to the region’s members. Based on the merit shop philosophy, it’s the goal of Turner and the Council to help ABC members develop people, win work, deliver work safely, ethically, and profitably for the betterment of the community.

Council Chair Chet Bednar noted, “As we enter 2023, the ABC Carolinas’ Upstate Regional Leadership Council will continue to focus on serving Upstate membership – representing more than 90 companies – as together we strive to improve the construction industry and elevate the industry’s image throughout the region.”

2023 Upstate Regional Leadership Council | Officers & Members

  • Chair: Chet Bednar, W.M. Jordan
  • Vice Chair: Regina Gay, BE&K Building Group
  • Secretary: Jonathan Thrasher, S&ME
  • Immediate Past Chair: Christi Powell, 84 Lumber
  • Jeff White, Brasfield & Gorrie
  • Madison Younginer, CarolinaPower
  • Wes Pumphrey, HUB International
  • Justin Martin, Cely Construction
  • Gavin Axson, Brasfield & Gorrie
  • Braxton Maddox, WillScot
  • Alex Iacovelli, 84 Lumber
  • Larry Eberhart, Reeves Young
  • Matt Bello, Brasfield & Gorrie

ABC Carolinas Board of Directors Liaisons

  • Chris Moore, President, CarolinaPower
  • Brian Gallagher, Vice President, Corporate Development, Graycor

Upcoming Event
ABC Carolinas will be hosting a speaker breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at Greenville Technical College’s Center for Manufacturing. The featured speaker is Adam Hoots of Construction ACHE Solutions, a Lean Construction professional who will discuss “Flow Efficiency.” Anyone who works in the construction industry is encouraged to attend, including non-members of ABC. This event is FREE! Learn more and register at

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. South Carolina has three regional ABC councils – Midlands, Upstate and Lowcountry. North Carolina has four regional councils – Charlotte, Triad, Triangle and Coastal. For more information and news, visit