Since Feb. 1, 2011, Michael D. Bellaman has served as
president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors, a national trade
association representing more than 21,000 members from 69 chapters across the United
States. In his role, Bellaman leverages the merit shop philosophy to help
members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and
profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work. He leads
the association to deliver on the following long-term strategic goals: •
Establish ABC members as the world-class standard for health, safety and
environment; • Increase the political influence of ABC; • Be the leading force
for workforce development and education; and • Continuously grow and deliver
value to a diverse and committed membership. Bellaman is dedicated to helping
ABC members and the construction industry be world-class in safety. He is a
co-founder of the Construction Coalition for a Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace,
an industry-wide initiative. He has also championed a roadmap for companies
whose leaders want to transform their safety programs from the ground up
through ABC’s industryrevolutionizing STEP Safety Management System. According
to ABC’s 2019 Safety Performance Report, the average total recordable incidence
rate of STEP participants is more than 48 percent lower than the industry
average, while STEP Diamond members are 680 percent safer than the industry
average—a world-class level of performance. A 1985 graduate of Pennsylvania
State University, Bellaman earned a bachelor of science degree in architectural
engineering and spent 23 years in the construction industry before joining ABC.
Embracing Disruption and Innovation in Construction
Brian Gallagher, Vice President, Corporate Development, Graycor, Inc.
Disruption is about more than just technology—it’s about more, even, than the rapid rollout and development of technology in construction that we’ve seen in recent years. The word disruption refers to processes or products that are fundamentally different from what is currently in use and that render unforeseen, large scale changes. Disruption is impacting the construction industry now, and construction companies can learn from other industries’ mistakes. When industries and companies fail to quickly adopt innovation, new technologies or workflows, it is usually due to entrenched mindsets and failure to imagine sweeping change. Construction companies that are agile, proactive and willing to embrace change will be the leaders – the question is, will your construction company be among them?
About the Speaker: Brian Gallagher is Vice President, Corporate Development for Graycor, Inc., a national general contracting firm founded in 1921. Gallagher has served in executive level strategic marketing, human resources, and technology leadership positions in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. He has authored three books: Leading with Marketing, Building Business with Social Media, and The Talent Pipeline (Sept 2019). Gallagher holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Towson University and an M.B.A. from Loyola University in Maryland. He also has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Marketing at Loyola University in Maryland.
Lt. Governor Pamela Evette
Pamela Sue Evette of Travelers Rest was elected as the 93rd Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina on November 6, 2018.
Prior to her election as the first female republican lieutenant governor of South Carolina, Evette founded Quality Business Solutions, Inc. (QBS), a payroll, human resources, and benefits services firm headquartered in Travelers Rest. Under her leadership as President and CEO, QBS has grown exponentially, going from start-up to earning a spot on the Inc. 5000 listing of the nation’s fastest growing small businesses. Her company has also been repeatedly honored among the fastest growing and best places to work in the State of South Carolina.
Evette has been the recipient of numerous business and professional accolades, including the ATHENA Leadership Award®, which honors individuals who assist women in reaching their full leadership potential and provide community service; the Women’s Presidents Organization/American Express 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies Award; and being honored as a member of the Impact 50, an annual ranking of the most powerful women leaders of Inc. 5000 companies. She is also a sought-after public speaker and nationally published author.
John Koury, AIA
Architect John Koury thrives on complex design challenges, particularly those that involve solving a thorny problem for a food industry client. During the award-winning Daniele Foods’ Rhode Island Salami Facility Expansion project, he and his team crafted a number of solutions that will be shared for the first time at the 19th annual ABC Carolinas Summer Convention. Koury will kick off the Art of the Craft Series session on Friday morning with a lively presentation entitled, “21st Century Salami Making: Designing the Automated Process.” He will discuss how to achieve the guise of simplicity despite the inherent challenges. Koury will draw upon the creative solutions applied by his team at Daniele Foods’ Salami Facility Expansion, which was a winner of the prestigious ABC 2018 Excellence in Construction Eagle Award and the overall Design-Build Award. “With the trend toward automation, it’s vital to understand the environment facility owners need to operate within,” explains Koury.
Koury specializes in providing architectural services for food processors, but also works on projects in the following markets: cold storage distribution, industrial manufacturing, Class A Office space, healthcare, retail and athletic facilities. In his spare time he shares his expertise with young people interested in an A/E/C career, cycles up to 250 miles weekly and raises chickens in his urban Charlotte home.
Scott May brings over 35 years of experience in the practice of architecture and currently serves as the LS3P's Greenville Office Leader. He Has been involved with design and project management for a wide range of project types including facilities for athletics, education, and worship. Over the last two decades, Scott has developed a focus on facilities for higher education and serves as a firm-wide resource providing design and leadership expertise in creating innovative environments that support learning. Working with public and private educational institutions throughout the region, Scott has led multi-disciplinary teams to successfully complete projects that span the ecosystem of the collegiate campus, including master planning, housing, dining, student success, athletics, academic libraries, general and specialized education, and campus infrastructure.
Scott brings his extensive knowledge to the collaborative design process. Scott works closely with clients, contractors, consultants, and the LS3P team to create cross-disciplinary design solutions. An active member and advocate of the US Green Building Council, Scott received is HEED accreditation in 2002. He has since worked on more than a dozen facilities with an emphasis on sustainable design.
Don Warren, Executive VP
Design-build expertise and personal commitment define Don's more than 35-year career. His leadership, project management, contract negotiation, preconstruction and construction operations expertise have delivered successful projects in industries ranging from pharmaceutical to commercial. Don leads McCrory's Greenville operations with something else he's built over his career: integrity that delivers nothing short of success.
A founding member of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), Warren has been actively involved with that national organization since its inception in 1993. He served on the Board of Directors for a total of seven years, including a term as Chairman. Warren was the first in certified Designated Design-Build Professionals in North and South Carolina. In 2018, Warren was named a Fellow in the initial class of 20 individuals and the only Fellow in North and South Carolina. Before joining McCrory Construction, he served as Executive Vice President - Carolina Division with Moss & Associates from 2010 - 2015. Moss had merged with Warren and Associates Design-Build, LLC, Found in 2006. The company focused exclusively on Design-Build project delivery for commercial, industrial and church-related facilities, primarily in the Carolinas.
Prior to founding Warren and Associates Design-Build, he served as President and CEO of Suitt Construction Company, Inc., a well-known industrial/commercial firm in the Southeast, with a national reputation for its Desgin-Build expertise.
Suitt grew dramatically in the late 1990s during Warren's tenure as President and CEO, a time during which he concentrated on moving the company toward achieving its long-term vision "to be the most sought-after construction services partner for the 21st century." Warren joined Suitt in 1979 as a field engineer and quickly rose through the ranks of the company while assigned to various Suitt offices in the Southeast - including Raleigh and Orlando. He ultimately moved to the company's headquarters in Greenville, South Carolina, as Vice President of Operations in 1991, having gained invaluable experience as an estimator, project manager, operations manager, and division manager. Warren was named President and Chief Operating Office in 1993, and Chief Executive Officer in 1998.
Don earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering - Construction option from North Carolina State University. He is a licensed General Contractor in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. A DBIA founding member, past Chairman, Board Member, and Committee Chair, National Center for Construction education and Research (NCCER)-past Board Member, and a member of AAA National Roster of Neutrals.
Carl Bailey, President & CEO, Bailey Heating & Controls
Carl is a graduate of Greenville Technical College and Former Chairman of the S.C. Residential Home Builders Commission, as well as Past President of the Simpsonville Kiwanis Club.
Carl is the owner of Bailey Heating & Controls Inc. a Mechanical Contracting business he founded in 1985. Bailey Heating provides design, installation and service to the residential and commercial/industrial industry throughout the state of South Carolina.
Carl and his wife Kim have three children and four grandchildren. They love to travel and are avid Clemson Tiger fans. If they are not at home in Simpsonville they can usually be found enjoying the sunsets on Lake Keowee.