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No. 1: Tony Berenyi

Berenyi Construction Inc.

Berenyi, a commissioned officer with the U.S. Army Reserve, earned engineering degrees from The Citadel and MIT, and completed the Army Engineer Officers School. He started his own engineering firm in 1989, but just months after launching Berenyi Inc., he was called to active duty. During Operation Desert Storm, he commanded a 250-man unit, spanning two countries, receiving a Bronze Star Medal. After fulfilling his military commitment, he returned home and continued to build Berenyi Inc., which today is a leading design-build firm, providing clients with solutions and cost-efficient services, using a team that operates in design and management of complex industrial and commercial construction projects both nationally and abroad. He was named S.C. Engineer of the Year by the Charleston Contractor’s Association in 1995. In 2001, he helped found Reign & Shine, an equine-oriented facility for military veterans and people with disabilities, and was named to the Boeing Hall of Honor in 2021.

No. 2: Lasenta Lewis-Ellis

LLE Construction Group LLC

Lewis-Ellis is president and CEO of LLE Construction Group LLC, a woman- and minority-owned general contracting and real estate investment and development firm. LLE specializes in owner representation and consulting services in facility maintenance and sustainability, space planning, renovations and logistics, and program and project management. She has managed multimillion-dollar projects over her 27 years in the industry. She holds an associate’s degree in architectural engineering technology from Midlands Technical College, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina; and a Master of Arts degree in human resources development from Webster University. She has completed numerous entrepreneurial, business and community-oriented programs and is a licensed general contractor, Realtor and construction manager in South Carolina.

In February 2021, she formed Collaborative Partners LLC, a firm focused on affordable housing, commercial real estate and mixed-use development. In August 2019, she was selected as the Richland County Library Entrepreneur-in-Residence, providing one-on-one small business coaching to local business owners through the Google Impact Grant.

In addition, she not only coordinated entrepreneurship programming, she also started RCL’s first entrepreneur book group and small business coaching for youth entrepreneurs. A member of several professional and trade organizations, she has received many awards, including the 2019 Milton Kimpson Community Service Award by the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council, 2019 Brookland Baptist Girls Rock hosted by the Brookland Baptist Church Women’s Day Committee, and the 2016 Enterprising Woman of the Year from Enterprising Women magazine.

No. 3: DJ Doherty III

Mavin Construction LLC

Mavin Construction, which Doherty helped launch in 2012, has experienced tremendous growth and success across all industries. Mavin has demonstrated significant advancements in the coordination, communication and high-quality projects they have delivered across the Upstate as the company has grown to 40 employees. Doherty serves as partner within the business and leads the company’s marketing and preconstruction services. In addition to a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business, Doherty has OSHA 30 Hour certification, is a certified health care manager, holds a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design designation with special building, design and construction credentials from the U.S. Green Building Council, and has a postgraduate diploma in corporate sustainability from Furman University. A licensed general contractor in multiple states, he serves in a variety of community and professional organizations, including the board of Ten at the Top and Greenville Technical College’s AET CET Advisory Council.

No. 4: Josh VanScoy

HITT Contracting

With more than 30 years construction experience, VanScoy leads HITT Contracting’s Charleston office, specializing in commercial construction projects from corporate office builds and renovations to complex industrial and manufacturing facilities. A graduate of West Virginia University, VanScoy joined HITT in 2002, building an impressive portfolio of work. As vice president, VanScoy provides guidance to his staff of more than 20 team members and manages the day-to-day operations of the office and strategic positioning of HITT’s overall success in Charleston. Most recently in 2021, the firm’s Charleston office under his leadership was recognized by the Charleston Regional Business Journal as the eighth-largest general contractor with annual revenues of more than $58 million. He is affiliated with the Charleston Defense Contractors Association, Society of Military Engineers, and Associated Builders and Contractors – Carolina Chapter. He has been a board member of the American Heart Association’s Hard Hats for Heart campaign, a member of the Rotary International, and a supporter of the Preservation Society of Charleston.

No. 5: Paul Mashburn

Mashburn Construction

A graduate of Clemson University, with more than three decades of construction experience, Mashburn became president of Mashburn Construction in 2010 and CEO in 2016. A respected leader, he has served on numerous professional and community organization boards, recently serving as chair for the Industry Liaison Committee of the Building Division Leadership of the Associated General Contractors of America. He is also past chair of the Executive Committee of the Industry Advisory Board for the Nieri Family Department of Construction Science and Management at Clemson University. He was one of the youngest presidents of the Columbia Rotary Club, the largest in the state. Among other numerous leadership roles, Mashburn has also served as president of the Carolinas Associated General Contractors and chairman of the National Kidney Foundation of South Carolina.


Allen Bridgers

McCrory Construction

A 2001 graduate of Wofford College, Bridgers is president of McCrory Construction, which he joined in 2008. Under his leadership, McCrory has significantly increased its client list, many with ongoing building programs. A graduate of Leadership South Carolina’s Class of 2015, as well as Leadership Columbia’s Class of 2010, Bridgers has served with a variety of professional and community organizations, including the Urban Land Institute, Leadership Columbia Alumni Association, Carolina Children’s Home board of directors and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.


Kevin Bean

O’Neal Inc.

A graduate of the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, Bean, a professional engineer and licensed general contractor, has 32 years’ professional experience, including 28 years at O’Neal. He began his career as a process engineer working on pulp and paper projects before moving into nonwovens work upon joining O’Neal. He headed O’Neal’s business development group in the early 2000s before being named president and CEO in 2005. Among his accomplishments, he has led the conversion of O’Neal’s ownership to an employee stock ownership plan and assembled a leadership team that has been together for more than 15 years. He transitioned O’Neal into an integrated EPC firm, performing complex capital projects for major industrial producers throughout the U.S. He also launched two subsidiary companies, Quest Site Solutions, founded in 2018, and INfab, founded in 2020.

Robert A. Chisholm

M. B. Kahn Construction Co. Inc.

A graduate of Bob Jones University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting, Chisholm joined M. B. Kahn Construction in 1994. In 2003, he was named a senior vice president, then becoming executive vice president and CFO in 2014. In 2018, he was promoted to president and COO. As CFO, he was responsible for introducing a new, streamlined computer accounting program that integrates project management, contract information and project accounting into one platform. His successful implementation, training, and management of this program has provided all personnel with the means to efficiently and effectively manage the full lifecycles of projects. In 2019, he implemented the Safe Service Appreciation and Recognition Award program, an incentive program that encourages individual employees to focus on safety and ensures that all job superintendents are properly educating their teams on the company’s safety protocols and standards.

Brandon Linden

Linden Construction

Linden has more than two decades of direct, hands-on experience in every facet of the construction industry. Starting as a field superintendent, he worked as a project manager, project estimator and operations manager before starting Linden Construction in 2009, serving as sole owner and president. The company has been recognized as a fast growing and thriving company and was named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing privately held companies in America in 2019 and 2020. Linden has also received the Carolopolis Award for new construction from the Preservation Society of Charleston. In 2018, he co-founded a development company focusing on opportunistic multifamily and retail. As principal developer, he has not only repositioned assets to increase their value, he has also taken various mismanaged, over-budget developments and made them financially viable.


Todd Horne

Clayton Construction Co. Inc.

Horne, a University of South Carolina graduate, became president of Clayton Construction Co., a commercial general contractor specializing in turnkey construction projects, in early 2022. Prior to that, he served as vice president of business development since 2008. Horne has been an integral part of the company’s evolution and growth. Exceeding expectations for more than 40 years, Clayton Construction Co. has been named one of South Carolina’s Best Places to Work. He also is a leader in his community, serving on the boards of One Spartanburg Inc. United Way, Ten at the Top and USC Upstate Foundation Board. He was also named Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year, Leadership Spartanburg Emerging Leader Award, Leadership Spartanburg Alumnus of the Year, Who’s Who of the Upstate and USC Upstate Distinguished Alumni of the Year.

Chad Lindler

Chapin Commercial Construction

Lindler, owner and president of Chapin Commercial Construction, is a licensed general contractor. Entering the commercial construction field upon graduating from Clemson University, he has more than two decades of hands-on commercial construction experience. He has overseen the design and construction of hundreds of thousands of square feet of projects, including retail, restaurants, office buildings, medical and dental facilities, auto dealerships and repair, manufacturing and industrial buildings and religious facilities. Specializing in design-build, he coordinates and facilitates every phase of the process. His clients include organizations such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Marco’s Pizza, Smashburger, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Jim Hudson Automotive Dealerships, Tractor Supply Co. and many others, including many retail center developers. He was also named a Top Five Restaurant Contractor in Columbia by General Contractors Magazine. Lindler serves the community through numerous charitable organizations and his church.

David Wise

Harper General Contractors

A graduate of Presbyterian College, Wise joined Harper in 1991 and has successfully managed a diverse portfolio of award-winning projects in seven markets over a 30-year career. Under his leadership, Harper was ranked No. 297 in Engineering News-Record magazine’s Top 400 General Contractor Awards for 2021. In addition, Harper has won the following awards in 2021 alone: The Pinnacle Award for the Walhalla Water Treatment Plant, the Construction Excellence Award for the Watauga County Community Recreation Center, and the DBIA Award for the firm’s Environmental Systems Division. Wise also serves Upstate businesses and communities, serving on the boards of YMCA Spartanburg and HOPE Ministries.

John O. Ross Jr.

Dooley Mack Constructors of SC LLC

Ross, a graduate of the University of Georgia, started his career at Dooley Mack Constructors of Georgia Inc. as a project engineer in 2001. After spending 18 months in the field, he became a project manager in 2003. In October 2008, he partnered with the Georgia office to open a new location in Charleston, despite opening during one of the worst economic downturns in history. The very first contract was for $975, and the first full-year revenue was around $900,000. Since then, the office has grown, employing around 30 people and bringing in $44 million of revenue in 2021. He has extensive experience managing a range of construction project types, including projects for Walmart, Ross Dress for Less, Tractor Supply, Frito Lay and many more. He also is a former council member for the Associated Builders and Contractors – Lowcountry Chapter.

Harris Cohn

Cohn Corp.

A 2001 graduate of Vanderbilt University, Cohn joined the family company, Cohn Corp., in 2003. He and his team have done a number of high-profile projects, including the expansion of the Church of the Apostles, which overcame a host of challenges to be a major improvement to the corner of one of Columbia’s most highly traveled corridors. In addition, he worked on such projects as the University of South Carolina Indoor Tennis Center, the Generac Manufacturing Plant and the Historic Columbia Hampton Preston Greenhouse. As he notes, “We have the privilege of working on so many special and arguably ‘signature’ projects … That said, I’m always humbled when our team has the opportunity to serve others, elevate those who we serve, and demonstrate excellence in what we do. Every time we are trusted with this opportunity is an accomplishment worth noting to me.”

David W. Summers Jr.

CF Evans Construction

A Clemson University graduate with more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Summers has done an array of projects. He and his team have earned numerous professional recognitions, including the National Association of Home Builders – SAFE Award and 2019 National Multifamily Builder of the Year, and Best Places to Work 13 years in a row. He is certified as an American Institute of Constructors Associate Constructor, a NAHB Certified Green Professional, and a recipient of the Clemson University 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Sandi Brazell

Solid Structures

In 2008, Brazell founded Solid Structures, a 100% woman-owned general contractor specializing in new construction, renovations and design-build projects. She was able to thrive during this period because she had initiative and took on projects that no one else was willing to take on in an unpredictable market. Solid Structures has gained a solid reputation as a professional and reputable general contractor in the state of South Carolina. Brazell worked for Monteray Construction before starting Solid Structures, where she quickly rose through the ranks to general manager. She has completed Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, pre-engineered building systems, project management, employee management, concrete construction and government contracting courses. Brazell has more than 30 years of construction expertise and is capable of organizing and managing projects of all types and sizes at the same time. Her in-depth knowledge, great problem-solving abilities and people skills have helped her achieve success. She’s participated in the Association of Builders and Contractors, as well as the Building Industry Association. She also is on the advisory committee for Midland Technical College Building Construction Technology program. As a general contractor, Brazell has overseen a range of projects, including government buildings, law enforcement facilities, vehicle dealerships, community centers and commercial complexes. She has managed up to 20 projects worth more than $20 million at a time. Solid Structures is certified by the Governor’s office of the State of South Carolina.

David Bohlmann

Landmark Builders of South Carolina LLC

A graduate of Purdue University with a degree in building construction management, Bohlmann, now Executive Vice President of Construction for Landmark Builders of South Carolina LLC, has been in the commercial construction industry for 25 years. He joined Landmark in 2005 as a project manager and has been involved in a wide variety of projects during his tenure there, with a focus on hospitality/resort, health care and industrial projects throughout the Southeast.

Eddie Fulmer

Master Construction Co. Inc.

Fulmer has more than 40 years in the construction industry, including 30 years as president of Master Construction, building for industrial, medical, retail, restaurant, retail strip centers and other businesses. He is currently working on several expansion projects for several South Carolina boat manufacturers. Fulmer notes that all of his business is either repeat or referral — the firm does not bid for jobs at all. He has also worked extensively in disaster relief efforts across the globe through the S.C. Baptist Convention.

Ben Barfield

Brasfield & Gorrie

Barfield has spent his career of more than 25 years at Brasfield & Gorrie, one of the nation’s largest privately held construction firms. He is known for building others up while building great projects. He is gifted at forming connections with people; understanding needs, strengths and challenges; and equipping and encouraging others — whether clients, business partners or construction team members — to meet their goals. Whether with his family, on a jobsite or in a client’s office, Barfield focuses on forming meaningful relationships and providing support however it is needed. He oversees the Greenville office, where he is responsible for securing the division’s work and supporting its project teams from an executive level. Barfield has several years of hands-on construction experience and knows his team members’ strengths. He uses this information to staff and provide appropriate resources to the division’s projects, setting them up for success. He focuses on establishing long-term partnerships that allow Brasfield & Gorrie to serve clients as a trusted resource when they plan for new projects and as their contractor when they are ready to build. Barfield is a graduate of Auburn University, where he studied building science. He has worked for Brasfield & Gorrie since 1996. He previously worked in the Atlanta office for 20 years. Barfield has spearheaded many iconic projects in Greenville, including the ONE building, where Brasfield & Gorrie’s office is located; the Camperdown mixed-use development; Clemson University Center for Nursing; the Riverplace mixed-use development; and numerous renovations for Prisma Health. He serves on the Greenville Chamber’s board of advisors and is a member of the Urban Land Institute, an Upstate C12 member, a member of the Greenville Country Club, and a graduate of Leadership Greenville Class 44. He has also been involved with Associated General Contractors, Associated Builders and Contractors, Boy Scouts of America, American Red Cross and the Peace Center.

Tim Kennedy

Trident Construction LLC

Kennedy joined Trident Construction in 1987 after graduating from Clemson University with a degree in construction science. He has been part of the ownership group of Trident Construction since 1999. In 2019, he was selected to assume the role of president. In this role, he directs the strategic growth and day-to-day activities of the company. Kennedy is actively engaged in the preconstruction efforts on major projects and regularly monitors success and commitment to clients. Through his 35 years of dedication to the construction industry, he has served as project manager and project executive on more than 1,000 projects. Some of his signature projects include 22 WestEdge, Roper St. Francis Office Park, MUSC Heath East Cooper, The Gadsden, Anson House, The Cape on Kiawah, The Gateway Building Expansion, 100 Calhoun St. and St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church. Kennedy is active on the Charleston Chamber Board, the YMCA Board of Summerville, and the Board of Architectural Review of Summerville, and serves as vice president of the American Heart Association Hard Hats with Heart. Previously, he served as president of the Charleston Contractors Association, the Carolinas AGC Board representative for South Carolina, the Board of Goodwill Industries and two terms on the St. Paul’s Anglican Church vestry.