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Company President Allan Bense first joined the company in
1974. In addition to working for GAC Contractors, Bense served in
the Florida House of Representatives from 1998 to 2006, serving as
speaker of the house from 2004 to 2006. He is involved in a number
of organizations including the James Madison Institute and the
Gulf Coast Hospital board of directors, both of which he serves as
chairman. Bense is a past chairman of the board for organizations including the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Taxation and
Budget Reform Commission, the Florida Council on Military Base
and Mission Support, the Bay Economic Development Alliance and
Triumph Gulf Coast Inc.
Company Vice President Derwin White has worked for GAC
Contractors since 1986. He is certified in Florida as an underground
utility and excavation contractor as well as a certified building
contractor and asphalt paving technician. He is also a certified utility
supervisor in Georgia.
Other executive team members include General Superintendent
Richard Schwartz, who coordinates 23 underground utility crews. He
joined the company in 2000 and has more than 20 years of practical
experience in building utilities.
Senior Estimator and Project Manager Jeremy Powell recently
returned to the company after a few years away. He started with the
company in 1998 and initially worked with GAC until 2013. Since
returning, Powell has overseen projects including highway construction, site developments, utility and storm drainage projects.
The GAC team also includes Safety Director and Environmental
Coordinator Andrew Rowell, who joined in 2006; and Senior Project
Manager James Haney, a 40-year veteran of heavy and commercial
construction who joined the company in 2002.
"With their extremely diverse backgrounds, our people are easily
able to offer our clients a comprehensive selection of services that
are backed by decades of industry experience," GAC Contractors says.
"From our project managers and superintendents to our equipment
operators, our entire team works together to produce results and
Pride in Safety
GAC Contractors also has a proven track record of safety that it
attributes to an extensive internal program that includes drug testing, safety training and incentives for safe behavior. The company
in 2015 reported a compensation modification ratio of 0.70. "We
take great pride in ensuring we provide a safe workplace for our
employees," the company says.
The company's recent safety awards include recognition by
OSHA's Safety and Health Recognition Achievement Program
(SHARP) as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Sustained
Superior Safety Performance Award and the Associated Builders
and Contractors' STEP Award for Safety Training and Evaluation.
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