NASHVILLE, TENN., Dec. 17th. – The Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Tennessee (ABC-Greater Tennessee) is pleased to announce Clayton Crownover, current East Tennessee Regional Director, as its new President and CEO effective January 7th, 2018. Mr. Crownover has served as East Tennessee Regional Director for the Chapter since July 2016. Mr. Crownover will split time between Middle and East Tennessee offices to strengthen the organization across all regions of the state. 

“Clayton (Clay) joined the Greater Tennessee Chapter in July of 2016 as the East Tennessee Regional Director.  Under his leadership, that region has excelled in many areas and we are thrilled that he has accepted this new challenge,” said John Stallworth, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Clay will continue to develop and lead a vibrant staff and looks forward to being a pillar of strength to all of the committees of the chapter.”

Mr. Crownover has extensive knowledge in non-profit management, legislative and political activity, as well as building a secure and strong membership base. Prior to his work at the ABC- Greater Tennessee Chapter, Mr. Crownover handled legislative activities in the United States Senate and House of Representatives, assisted in government relations on behalf of a major Washington-based energy non-profit, as well as serving in the capacity of President/CEO of his political and public relations firm, CFC Strategies, in Knoxville from 2012-2016. 

“I’m humbled to take on this role with ABC-Greater Tennessee and work to provide the needed resources and support to our current and future members,” Crownover said. “ABC- Greater Tennessee has been the strongest voice of construction in this region for decades. In the coming years, that voice will grow even louder by becoming a higher performing chapter across the Greater Tennessee region, providing even greater value to our ABC members in East and Middle Tennessee.”

Crownover studied Political Science at Auburn University, with a concentration in Public Law and Conflict Resolution before participating in George Washington University’s Semester in Washington Political Management program. He will continue to reside in Knoxville with is wife of 17 years, Jillian, and his three sons, Will (9) and Philip (5), and Brooks (1). 

Stallworth concluded, “Since Mid-September, the association has sprouted major growth in the areas of membership and committee involvement.  Clay will continue to develop and lead a vibrant staff and looks forward to being a pillar of strength to all of the committees of the chapter. 


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