Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas (ABC Carolinas) announces the 2023 leadership team for the organization’s Lowcountry Regional Leadership Council, chaired by Graycor Southern’s Darryl Thornton.

Council Chair Thornton noted, “Our leadership team will continue to focus our efforts on promoting merit shop construction in the Lowcountry region. We will support our members with workforce development, networking opportunities, and arrange face time with local and state officials. We are dedicated to ensuring our members realize all of the benefits that ABC has to offer. One of our primary objectives is to keep growing our membership to support the growth of Greater Charleston and the surrounding area.”

ABC Carolinas’ Lowcountry Regional Leadership team will work closely with ABC Carolinas’ Jonna Turner, South Carolina Membership Director. Turner supports the Lowcountry 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.

2023 Lowcountry Regional Leadership Council

Chair: Darryl Thornton, Graycor Southern

Vice Chair: Vinny Llana, Sunstate Equipment

Secretary: Tracey Turner, ESP Associates

Immediate Past Chair: Zach Ward, Miller Valentine Construction

Council Members include:

Meredith Long, Keller North America
John Monroe, CarolinaPower
Hank Rhame, CF Evans Construction
Salli Smith, Carolina Waste & Recycling
Melvin Williams, Terracon Consultants
Kara Klunk, C. Herman Construction
Kendall Anderson, Precision Walls
TC Cooner, Miller Valentine Construction
Dave Esoldo, Industrial Resolution
Russ Miller, United Rentals, Inc.
Chris Warren, Propel Insurance
Kayla Hornbuckle, ATG USA

ABC Carolinas Board of Directors Liaisons include:

Andy Grayson, Choate Construction Company
Chris Darling, HC Government Realty Trust, Inc
Sam Hayes, Landmark Construction Company

Upcoming Event
ABC Carolinas will be hosting a Happy Hour Networking event on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at Holy City Brewing starting at 5:30 p.m. Anyone who works in the construction industry is encouraged to attend, network, and learn more about the value of ABC membership. To learn more and register, visit our Events page on the ABC Carolinas website ( and look for the calendar listing for LOW Holy City Brewing Social.

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

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