Carolinas AGC Well-Represented on Business NC’s 2024 Power List

May 15, 2024

Mark Johnnie
Mark Johnnie,
Immediate Past Chair CAGC’s Board of Directors

Carolinas AGC members and staff account for about two dozen award recipients on this year’s prestigious Business North Carolina’s Power List.

Business North Carolina recently released its fourth edition of the Power List, providing detailed information on about 500 of the state’s most influential business and nonprofit leaders.

In its annual magazine detailing the Power List recipients, Business North Carolina, says: “The nation’s ninth-most populous state has thousands of talented leaders, making this small sampling of those with noteworthy power.”

Dave Simpson, CAGC President & CEO
Dave Simpson, President & CEO of Carolinas AGC

“Business North Carolina’s editorial team created the list after seeking nominations, talking with dozens of sources and performing extensive research,” the magazine says. “The mission is to provide an overview of North Carolinians who exert the most influence in our state and, in many cases, take active leadership roles in state and local activities.” 

The Power List is divided into 17 categories, including Real Estate/Construction and Legal, representing a wide range of industry influencers. While executives at for-profit companies dominate, the list includes many leaders of nonprofit organizations that play key business and civic roles. The 2024 Power List recipients were honored at a reception in Raleigh on April 25th.

CAGC Members/Representatives include: 

Real Estate and Construction:

  • Dave Simpson, President & CEO of Carolinas AGC
  • Mark Johnnie, COO, Balfour Beatty, Immediate Past Chair of CAGC’s Board of Directors 
  • Brian Allen, CEO, Precision Walls
  • Mark Balling, General Manager, Skanska USA Building
  • Rob Barnhill, CEO, Barnhill Contracting
  • John Dudas, Division Manager, Choate Construction
  • Baker Glasgow, President, Clancy & Theys Construction
  • Zeb Hadley, CEO, National Coatings
  • Sam Hunter, Chair, T.A. Loving
  • Mike Lancaster, CEO, Frank L. Blum Construction
  • Gregory Poole III, CEO, Gregory Poole Equipment
  • Pat Rodgers, CEO, Rodgers Builders
  • Eddie Vannoy, CEO, Vannoy Construction
  • Ed Weisiger, Jr, CEO, Weisiger Group


  • Dan Cahill, Managing Partner, Poyner Spruill
  • Bradley Evans, Co-Managing Director, Ward and Smith
  • Kimberly Gatling, Partner, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Fox Rothschild
  • Tom Griffin, Managing Partner, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein 
  • Brian Kahn, Managing Partner, McGuireWoods
  • Byron Kirkland, Managing Partner, Smith Anderson
  • Perry Safran, Attorney, Safran Law Offices
  • Devon Williams, Co-Managing Director, Ward and Smith 

Read the full list here.

The list is also dominated by people in major metropolitan areas, where most of the state’s economic growth occurs. Since 1982, Business North Carolina has provided in-depth stories on people, companies and trends in a monthly publication that has received dozens of business magazine industry awards.

The Charlotte-based publication also offers daily business news coverage at the website, along with the Daily Digest newsletter distributed to more than 17,000 subscribers. Business North Carolina is part of Old North State Magazines, which has publications in Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh and Southern Pines.