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Regional construction organization names new CEO

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Kristen Powell has been named the new president and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas (ABC Carolinas.). The organization has three regional councils in South Carolina – Midlands, Upstate and Lowcountry – and four in North Carolina – Charlotte, Triad, Triangle and Coastal.

Since joining ABC Carolinas in 2014, Powell has been a key leader of the chapter’s staff, according to a news release.  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.

Powell holds a bachelor of science degree in sports management from Winthrop University in Rock Hill.

“I am extremely grateful and appreciative of the opportunity to lead ABC Carolinas,” Powell said in the release. “ 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.”

ABC Carolinas represents general contractors, construction management firms, specialty contractors, various material and equipment suppliers, and service providers in the Carolinas. Based in Charlotte, ABC Carolinas is one of 68 chapters nationwide representing more than 22,000 members of the industry.

Reach Christina Lee Knauss at 803-753-4327.

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