Top Young Leaders Award LogoThe Top Young Leader Award recognizes those who play critical roles in the community and professional arenas of the construction industry. We believe it's important to honor the achievements of our young leaders; the emergence of these young leaders is critical to the future of CAGC and the members we serve.

2019 Top Young Leaders

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2019 Top Young Leader Awards

Jason Arnold

Jason Arnold started working at TA Loving in 2006.  He is currently serving as an Assistant Vice President as well as an acting Project Superintendent.  During his time at TA Loving, he has worked at several Hospitals in Eastern NC.  He has also worked at both ECU and NC State on multiple athletic projects from basketball, soccer and softball, to an indoor facility, but his ECU Pirate dedication required him to wear purple to every job meeting in Raleigh.  This dedication was further rooted with his most recent project completion – the new, 218,000 square foot student center at East Carolina University.  

Jason started his construction career by repairing and building farm shelters and barns.  In High School, he worked on several framing crews as well as marine construction crews when he was not playing sports.  He then went to attend Pitt Community College focusing on Architectural Technology.  It was here his professor said he had an eye for detail, and he paid very close attention to how buildings were put together.  After getting an internship at Pitt Memorial Hospital, now Vidant, in the Design and Construction Department, Jason moved into the construction industry full time to work for several local General Contractors, a National GC, and eventually landing at TA Loving, where he now calls home.

While not on the job, Jason loves spending time with his 3 children, (Kennedy 14, Korbyn 11, Karrigan 9) and supports them in all their extracurricular activities.  He enjoys coaching baseball and football for his sons' teams and supporting his daughter at the horse shows in which she participates.  He is also an avid outdoorsman.  His son is following in his footsteps and loves offshore fishing as much as his dad.  He is also excited for his upcoming nuptials on Ocracoke with Kristen Hudson in late August.

Jason also tries to give back to the community whenever possible.  He serves as Property Chair at his church, serves on the administrative boards for his son’s sports leagues, and recently participated in the Pitt County Chamber Leadership program.  

Jason is extremely honored that his commitment to the construction industry and the development of the next generation of builders and designers has been recognized by CAGC through their Top Young Leader program.  Jason plans to continue to focus on advancing his career as well as influencing the future of the construction industry in a positive direction.

Top Young Leader Jason Arnold



Kristin Levy Kristin Levy is the Director of Estimating at Palmetto Corp of Conway, a fully integrated complete site development and construction company serving central and eastern South Carolina. Prior to joining Palmetto Corp in 2013, Kristin worked at SCDOT as an Engineer 1. 

Kristin is a licensed professional engineer in South Carolina.  She holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from Clemson University.  Kristin join the CAGC Young Leaders in 2017 and has been on the Young Leader Action Team since 2018.  When Kristin isn’t working, she enjoys fishing with her husband, Chase, spending time with family & friends and watching her beloved Tigers win national championships.  

Top Young Leader Kristin Levy

Zachary Michael

Zachary Michael is the Vice President of Human Resources and Environmental Compliance at King Asphalt Inc. in Liberty, SC. In his thirteen years with King, he has served in many areas including accounts payable, purchasing manager, and he started out as a paving general laborer. These experiences gave him an understanding of what it means to work for a company that enjoys honorable, physical work with the opportunity to grow your job into a career.

 Zachary’s focus on building people and community stems from three things: good coffee, good conversation, and the good book. His faith and family drive him to consistently strive to be a leader at home and in the workplace. He possesses the ego to survive the rough days and the humility to know when he’s not the smartest person in the room. He earned his B.S. in Accounting from North Greenville University, and hasn’t really used it since.

 When he isn’t designing new company hats, he enjoys chasing his one-year old son, catching views from any mountain top, and casting a line in the Chauga River.

Top Young Leader Zachary Michael