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ABC Elects 2023 National Chair, Executive Committee

Washington, DC - Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announces that Milton Graugnard, executive vice president, Cajun Industries LLC, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was elected the 2023 ABC national chair at a board of directors meeting held in conjunction with the association’s annual Leadership Institute in Coronado, California.

“Leading ABC in its 73rd year of serving this vibrant industry and defending free markets and open competition values is the honor of a lifetime,” said Graugnard. “This opportunity allows me to give back to construction, the industry that has given my company and me so much, and to ABC, which has meant the world to my personal growth as well as my company’s. In 2023, ABC will focus on increasing member participation in its STEP Safety Management System—a crucial ‘step’ any company should take to be safer—growing the workforce talent pipeline and promoting the merit shop philosophy in the political arena. I have the utmost respect for those who have served before me in this role, and I look forward to continuing to build that bright future for our industry.”

“The 2023 ABC Executive Committee will deliver exceptional value to our more than 22,000 members and their more than 1 million employees by advancing an industry that builds the places where we work, play, worship, learn and heal,” said Michael Bellaman, ABC president and chief executive officer. “It is humbling to work alongside industry and community leaders like Milton, Chair-Elect Buddy Henley and Secretary David Pugh and all our 2023 elected leaders. Together we will continue to deliver on ABC’s strategic goals of establishing ABC members as the world-class standard for total human health, safety and environment; increasing the political influence of ABC; leading the industry in workforce development and education; and growing and delivering value to a diverse and committed membership.”

The members of ABC’s 2023 Executive Committee, who will take office on Jan. 1, 2023, are:

Chair of the ABC board of directors: Milton Graugnard, executive vice president, Cajun Industries LLC, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Chair-elect: Buddy Henley, president, Henley Construction Co. Inc., Gaithersburg, Maryland

Secretary and Southeast region vice chair: J. David Pugh, partner, Bradley, Birmingham, Alabama

Treasurer: Larry May, CPA, CVA, partner, Carr, Riggs & Ingram, Jackson, Mississippi

Immediate past chair: Stephanie Schmidt, president, Poole Anderson Construction, State College, Pennsylvania

Mid-Atlantic region vice chair: Lorri Grayson, partner and founder, GGA Construction, Middletown, Delaware

Mid-America region vice chair: Brendan McAndrews, chief operations officer and co-owner, Rivercity Glass dba McAndrews Glass, Cincinnati

Northeast region vice chair: Thomas “Murph” Murphy, vice president of Aggregates Division, Power & Construction Group, Scottsville, New York

South Central region vice chair: Brandon Mabile, strategic development manager, Performance Contractors Inc., Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Mountain West region vice chair: Sandra Roche, vice president and general counsel, Roche Constructors Inc., Las Vegas

Pacific region vice chair: Greg Schniegenberg, chief operations officer of construction operations, Royal Electric Co., Sacramento, California

Midwest region vice chair: Calvin Williams, president and chief executive officer, Construction Contracting Services Inc., Lansing, Illinois

Chapter presidents’ liaison: John Mielke, ABC of Wisconsin president and CEO

ABC national president and CEO: Michael Bellaman

About The Associated Builders And Contractors

Associated Builders and Contractors is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 69 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. ABC's membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors. To learn more, visit

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