Chairman's Message


To my fellow ABC Mississippi members:

I am truly honored to serve as your incoming chairman for 2024. I step into this role with humility and enthusiasm and know I have big shoes to fill. Our wall of past chairmen for the association looks like a wall of legends for the Mississippi construction industry. The groundwork these leaders laid over the past 50 years has made our association what it is today and has positioned us for success for many years.

I want to recognize Robert Smith, our 2023 chairman. Robert helped celebrate our 50th anniversary, started the ABC Mississippi Hall of Fame, spent countless hours attending meetings across the state, and led the charge on driving membership for our association, to name a few. He has set a remarkable example for all of us, and I deeply appreciate his contributions to the association.

ABC Mississippi continues to set the gold standard for industry events, serving as a testament to the strong sense of community and dedication within the merit shop construction sector. In 2023, ABC Mississippi events were met with remarkable attendance, underlining the unwavering support from our members. These gatherings not only provided invaluable networking opportunities but also showcased the vibrant pulse of our industry. As we approach 2024, we must challenge our members to sustain this engagement and enthusiasm. These events are the lifeblood of our organization, for they facilitate the exchange of ideas and best practices and foster a sense of unity essential to promoting the principles of the Merit Shop Philosophy. A philosophy that celebrates free enterprise and open competition in the construction industry. In the years ahead, the importance of these events cannot be overstated; they are the cornerstone of our commitment to building a stronger, more dynamic association.

The success of our association is a direct reflection of our excellent staff. Lee Nations, our President & CEO, leads a team of the best in the business. It has been a pleasure working with them to prepare for this year. I look forward to working closely with the team over this next year and am excited about the opportunities and challenges. Together, we can continue building a stronger, more vibrant future for ABC Mississippi.

I look forward to working with everyone to uphold the principles on which ABC was founded. Thank you for your trust in me as Chairman, and I am eager to serve alongside you all as we chart the course for ABC Mississippi’s continued success.

Nicholas Upchurch
2024 Chairman