Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of the Carolinas Announces Shane Bolding as Chairman of ABC Upstate Council for 2010 Term

February 25, 2010

Local Leadership Team Also Announced

GREENVILLE, SC — February 25, 2010 – The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of the Carolinas announces Shane Bolding as the Chairman of the ABC Upstate (SC) Council for the 2010 term. A Greenville native, Bolding is vice president of business development for Greenville-based THS Constructors, Inc.

As Chairman, Bolding will work closely with the new 2010 Upstate Council leadership team which includes: Greg Blinston (BE&K Building Group) as vice chairman, and Kimberly Gibson (Williams Scotsman) as secretary. Committee chairs and other board members include: John Creech (Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart), government affairs; Scott McCloskey (Tradesmen International), education and training; Joan Krause (BE&K Building Group), public relations; Darath Mackie (WCA Waste Corporation), membership; Mark Wise (Emory Electric, Inc.), safety; Bill Caldwell (Waldrop Mechanical Services); Dr. Shima Clarke, Ph.D., (Clemson University’s Department of Construction Science and Management); David DeVita (Carolina Safety Consultants); and Berry Ponder (BE&K Building Group).

“Like other ABC chapters around the country, we will continue to address the many issues facing the construction industry while representing the interests of free enterprise in our own region,” said Bolding. “A major area of focus will be to help our industry grow and move forward by promoting workforce development and training through formal and informal partnerships with local high schools, technical schools and universities. We want to encourage both college bound and non-college bound students to give serious consideration to construction as a career path. Through our collective and individual contributions to the communities in which we live and work, we hope to elevate the overall image of the construction industry.”

Bolding went on to point out that the Associated Builders and Contractors is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The organization was founded (in 1950) in Baltimore, Maryland, to promote the ‘merit shop’ and the free market system as it relates to the construction industry. Additionally, ABC promotes the ‘fairness factor,’ by which all members are seen as being equal. “All businesses, from general contractors to suppliers, and subcontractors to industry professionals, have a voice and vote. This is something that is not found in any other construction association,” said Bolding.

ABC’s Upstate Council is comprised of 130 local and regional member companies in Greater Greenville/Spartanburg/Anderson for which construction is their primary business or a major market of focus. More than 750 individuals from these Upstate companies participate in the organization’s year-round activities, which include regularly scheduled lunch-and-learn programs, social functions, specialized education and training, involvement in government affairs on both a local and national level, and community service.

About ABC of the Carolinas

The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of the Carolinas represents the merit construction contractors and related firms in North and South Carolina. ABC of the Carolinas is a chapter of the national ABC organization which represents more than 25,000 members.

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