CAGC Hall of Fame logoOn July 24, 2021 Carolinas AGC celebrated hard work, perseverance and achievement. We paid tribute to six individuals; one of whom has left an incredible legacy on our industry, and four who are still paving the road for future leaders to follow. Each of the men that was honored embodies the skill, integrity and responsibility that Carolinas AGC and the Associated General Contractors stand for. We hope that this award and event expressed the appreciation and gratitude that we have for them, their companies and their work. 

The winners and their families were honored at the 2020 Carolinas AGC Summit July 24 in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Hall of Fame Legacy Awards

Raymond Bryan

Raymond Bryan, T. A. Loving Company, Goldsboro, NC

Born in 1899, Raymond Arthur Bryan was a native of Newton Grove North Carolina. He studied engineering at North Carolina State College before entering the work force with the W. P. Rose Construction Company in Goldsboro. The Great depression would take its toll on W. P. Rose and in 1931 the company went into receivership. Raymond made the decision to join T. A. Loving Company later that same year – a company founded by Taylor Abbitt Loving in 1925, that at the time was primarily engaged in the business of building bridges for the railroads.  

In 1935, Raymond was named General Manager of what would become the building division of the company.  

T. A. Loving and Company, as it was then known, was incorporated in 1937 and Raymond was named Secretary & Treasurer. When Taylor Abbitt Loving succumbed to illness at the early age of 47, Raymond became President of the company. 

As fitting a man of his talents and position, Raymond Bryan was involved and influential in many aspects of business. He joined his brother Byron in the Calypso Plywood Company and with his brother Robert in the organization of Aviation Fuel Terminals in Morehead City. He was a Director of Wachovia Bank & Trust in Winston-Salem, a member of the executive committee for the State Capital Life Insurance Company which later became Durham Life Insurance Company. His other directorships included Carolina Power & Light, Atlantic and East Carolina Railway, the Carolina Motor Club, and the Carolinas Associated General Contractors. He would lead the Carolinas AGC as President in 1940. Ironically, during his presidency of CAGC, the convention was held right here in Myrtle Beach South Carolina some 80 years ago.

Raymond would also be associated with a number of other business ventures and partnerships across the state including:  The Cameron Village Shopping Center with Willie York, where the “Bryan Building” still stands today.  

North Hills Properties, Inc. – which when sold in 1980 owned (18) shopping centers including North Hills Mall in Raleigh, University Mall in Chapel Hill and some 3,500 apartment units.  

Cameron-Brown Co. with partners Cliff Cameron and Jim Poyner. Cameron-Brown would grow to become one of the largest mortgage lenders in the country and later merge with First Union Bank. Raymond served as Chairman of the NC Licensing Board for General Contractors and Vice Chairman of the NC Ports Authority under Govs. William B. Umstead and Luther H. Hodges administrations. Honors bestowed upon Raymond included the Watauga Medal from North Carolina State University in 1977 for his lifelong support of the University. The Watauga Medal is the highest non- academic honor awarded by university trustees, administration, and faculty. He was a long-serving trustee for Campbell University and Meredith College – with both institutions recognizing him for his contributions and Campbell University awarding an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1979. Bryan was also a founder of the Goldsboro United Fund, precursor of the United Way of Wayne County and recipient of the Salvation Army’s highest honor for service to that organization. Raymond’s legacy of giving lives on through the R. A. Bryan Foundation, an organization committed to supporting charitable causes across the southeast. The “Bryan Foundation” continues to support educational opportunity, healthcare and medical research, and other charitable causes today. A eulogy delivered at his funeral stated that Raymond had lived his life humbly and shared himself freely for the lifting up of the quality of human life and for the common good. Though he was honored publicly many times, he did not seek attention. It was said that he knew how to help without putting you in his debt, how to encourage without insisting his own way, and how to give without seeking credit. Perhaps the quality most in keeping with his memory of T. A. Loving employees is a statement Raymond made to his nurse during his last days. “There are those who seek riches, for riches sake; and those who seek success that they may share with others”. Raymond Bryan will be remembered for sharing his riches with others. A humanitarian that responded to community service for all worthy causes. 

Hal Thompson

Hal Thompson, J. M. Thompson Company, Cary, NC

Hal was born in Raleigh and lived in Raleigh all of his life. He graduated from Hugh Morson High School, where he was captain of the track team, and later attended N.C. State University School of Engineering. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII where his love of mechanical things and building inspired him to become a P-51 fighter pilot. While stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, he married Grace, his wife of 63 years. They returned to Raleigh after the war where they raised their 4 children.  

Hal joined his father’s construction company in 1946, where he worked for more than 60 years. His legacy is carried on today by his three sons, John, Dickie, and Marty, and they are joined by Hal’s Grandsons, Travis and Paul, who now operates the company, which will be celebrating their 100th year this September.  

Hal received many industry and civic awards throughout his lifetime, including the Carolinas AGC Pinnacle Award for Executive of the Year and Industry Recognition Award from General Contractors Association of Raleigh, where he was a founding member. He served on the board of trustees of Louis-burg College for 27 years and was an active member of the Raleigh Exchange Club for 63 years. 

Hall of Fame Awards

Barry Gardner

Barry Gardner, Shelco, LLC, Charlotte, NC

Barry joined Shelco as a project manager in 1984 and then promoted to Executive Vice President of the Winston Salem office in 1992. In addition to managing operations at the Winston Salem office, he also co-manages the Raleigh Shelco office.  

Barry has always shown strong support of AGC over the years. In the Carolinas he has served on the NC Bar Association/CAGC Joint Committee, the AIA NC/CAGC Joint Committee, contributed to the NC PAC for many years, and served as our Chair of our Board of Directors in 2007. On a National level, Barry has been on the AGC of America Elected Directors, AGC Board of Governors, and is now a National AGC Life Director. 

Barry has served as the Chairman of the NC Building Code Council, he is a board member and past board chair for the Frankie Lemmon School, and serves on the Engineering Advisory Council, at his alma mater, NC State University. 

Barry married his wonderful wife, Pam, on July 4th, 46 years ago. One thing they knew, they would always have fireworks on their anniversary. They have 2 daughters, Carly and Brett and 2 grand daughters, Ruby and Reid and they are going to expanding by 2 more grandchildren soon! 

When Barry isn’t leading Shelco, assisting AGC, or chasing grand children around he enjoys playing golf all over the world, esp Scotland and Ireland. He has actually made 3 hole in ones over the years! 

When Pam was asked about her husband she said, Barry is a strong man of God, he loves his family, and he loves to laugh and have a great time! 

Benjy Hardee

Benjy Hardee, A.O. Hardee & Son, Inc., Little River, SC
Benjy Hardee is President and Chief Executive Officer of A. O. Hardee & Son, Inc., a heavy/highway site contractor licensed in South Carolina since 1981 and North Carolina since 1985. He is also Owner and Managing Member of Hardee Group Holdings, LLC.  He has been the developer of numerous residential and golf course communities in both North and South Carolina. He has built numerous golf courses in the Grand Strand area, numerous roads including major sections of SC HWY 31 and SC HWY 22 and hundreds of miles of other primary and secondary roads and various airport and military facilities. Benjy is currently Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority (a position he has been serving for over 32 years), he also currently serves on the Northeastern Strategic Alliance Board, the CAGC/SCDOT Joint Committee as well as a Board Member of the South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads. He is a partner of and supports the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp. From 2000 until 2008, Benjy was a member of the local advisory board of BB&T Bank and in 2015 he served on the Horry County Ride III Advisory Committee. 

Benjy & Lynda have supported and donated to the University of South Carolina for over 30 years and were honored recently when Williams Brice made some major exterior renovations and named a new South Gate entrance “Hardee Gate”. Benjy also serves on the Garnet Way Committee. The Garnet Way Committee is an advisory committee to Ray Tanner, Athletic Director for the University of South Carolina.  
Benjy & Lynda are North Myrtle Beach Chiefs Booster Club members and have supported the North Myrtle Beach Chiefs athletic program as well as the NMB recreation department for many years. Benjy was honored in 2019 when he was inducted into the North Myrtle Beach High School Hall of Fame, in part for his accomplishments as a student athlete and for his continued support of the athletic program through the years.  

Benjy is a founding member and director of Coastal Carolina Bancshares, Inc. and Coastal Carolina National Bank (CCNB). Benjy also serves on several committees within the bank.  

Mark StubleyMark Stubley, Ogletree Deakins, Greenville, SC

Throughout the years, Mark, has supported Carolinas AGC by donating his time and efforts towards keeping the Carolinas AGC members informed and up to date on all labor issues in both North and South Carolina and in the Federal government. Through webinars, in person meetings, and one on one council, the Carolinas AGC members have truly benefited from Mark’s expertise. As one of his nominators wrote “Mark always has a smile on his face and is truly a kind hearted loyal member that has always been there for all of us.” 

On top of serving on many Carolinas AGC committees, Mark already serves on the AGC of America- Labor and Employment Law Council, American Bar Association, South Carolina Bar Association, Greenville County Bar Association, Human Resources Construction Council (HRCC), Association for Transportation Law Logistics and Policy (ATLP), North American Transportation Employee Relations Association (NATERA), Urban League of the Upstate and the Labor Lawyers Advisory Committee (LLAC). 

It is no surprise that Mark has again been honored by Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year 2020 for Employment Law – Management. 

Mark has a heart for community service, he currently serves in leadership roles for Camp Cole, Hammond School, Citizens for Sound Conservation, The Oliver Gospel Mission, The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and many others.  

Mark exemplifies strong professional values, and place client satisfaction and employee safety at the top of every list. He has excelled in creating long-term relationships by consistently working to build winning teams, focused on optimized cost and total quality measures. Mark’s “can-do” approach, coupled with high standards in quality and process integrity, serves to facilitate project objectives to the best possible result. 

When Mark has time to relax, he loves spending time with his wife of 32 years, Susan, and their children, McClellan and Bayleigh. Recently Mark became a Grandfather to Will, who is 4 months old and we can’t forget the Granddog, Nugget, the French bulldog, who is 6 months old.

 John Thompson John Thompson, J.M. Thompson Company, Cary, NC

We are proud to be inducting John Thompson into this year’s Hall of Fame Class. John is a professional engineer who graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He began working with J.M. Thompson Company in 1975 and worked his way from the field into project management.  In 1995, he was promoted to the position of President and CEO.

In 1985, John was president of the General Contractor’s Association of Raleigh. Since then, John has served as Chairman of the Carolinas Association of General Contractors (CAGC)/NC Prison Construction Committee and as Chairman of the CAGC/NC State Construction Committee. He has also served as Chairman of the CAGC Building Division and is a past trustee on the CAGC Board of Directors. Additionally, John has served as Chairman of the NC State Building Commission, NC Apprenticeship Committee, and the CAGC/NC Legislative Committee. He currently serves on the AIA NC/CAGC joint committee. 

John is a past director for both Wachovia Bank and the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Methodist Retirement Home and a past Board of Directors for the Paraclete Foundation. John is an Eagle Scout and served as a national officer with the Indian Guides/Princess Program. For the past 20 years, John has and continues to serve as a group leader in his Bible Study Fellowship Program. He also served as a youth basketball coach, little league baseball coach, and a huddle leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. 
John, like his father, Hal, and grandfather, John Marvin Thompson, has dedicated his life to God, his family, and the construction industry. He has been married to his wife Vicki for 44 years and they have 3 children, 2 grandchildren and 1 more on the way!

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