Longtime CAGC NC Highway-Heavy/Government Relations Director to Retire

April 9, 2019

Berry Jenkins
Berry Jenkins
In bittersweet news, Carolinas AGC announces the retirement of Berry Jenkins, who has served as Carolinas AGC’s North Carolina Highway-Heavy/Government Relations Director for 22 years, on May 6th. 

Among Berry’s many accomplishments include helping secure billions of dollars in infrastructure funding as well as improving and maintaining the interactive relationships with the NC Department of Transportation on multiple levels with policies and processes that impact our industry. His excellent work over the years with the NC DOT is looked upon nationally as having one of the best markets and business climates for construction in the nation. Berry’s leadership earned him the 2015 CAGC Build with the Best Pinnacle Award. 

CAGC Board Chair Ron Brown said, “Berry Jenkins is a well-respected person, both professionally and personally, who has set an example for us all to follow. We congratulate Berry on his upcoming retirement and especially thank him for all he has done for Carolinas AGC and the Construction Industry through the years.” 

Victor Barbour
Victor Barbour 
“After coming to CAGC in July 1997 from NC DOT, Berry has done incredible work to help the industry as well as the state of North Carolina. While we’ll miss Berry and his outstanding NC DOT and legislative work, we’re delighted to announce that Victor Barbour, also formerly of NC DOT, will succeed him. Victor will no doubt hit the ground running and be a great successor,” said CAGC President and CEO Dave Simpson. 

Victor retired from NCDOT in 2014 with 30 years’ experience in the design and construction of transportation projects as the department’s Transportation Program Management Unit Head. He was instrumental in the development of North Carolina’s Design-Build program from its inception in the 1990’s in North Carolina until the time of his retirement which included the development of Design-Build Policy and Procedures, scopes, identification of Design-Build projects, Alternative Technical Concepts, and variations of Design-Build such as Design-Build-Finance and Public Private Partnerships. He then served as Office Manager/Pursuits Manager for Vaughn & Melton Consulting Engineers.

“I have had the privilege to work with Berry both while we were with NC DOT and in his role with Carolinas AGC.  I consider Berry a great friend and mentor who helped me tremendously me during my career.  I have tremendous shoes to fill!” said Victor. His relationship with Berry will surely bring a smooth transition for members and staff. 

Berry also had some great things to say about Victor: “I was very pleased when I found out Victor Barbour had agreed to come with Carolinas AGC as my successor. Having worked with Victor both as a NC DOT leader and in the private sector, I have seen Victor demonstrate the attributes that I believe our members desire. He knows the value of personal relationships in our industry, is a good listener and problem solver, and will interact well with public officials, industry partners and members.”

Victor is married to his wife Frances, and together they have “dogs with human qualities.” CAGC looks forward to welcoming all the Barbours into the CAGC family. Meantime, for Berry, Glenda and his family, we hope his golf game becomes at least half as successful as his career!