Our executive team


At GAC Contractors, our most valuable resource is our team of professionals. With their extremely diverse backgrounds, our people are easily able to offer clients a comprehensive selection of services that are backed by decades of industry experience. From our project managers and superintendents to our equipment operators, our team works together to produce results and ensure satisfaction.



L. Charles Hilton, Jr

Founder and Chairman of the Board

Charles Hilton, Jr was educated in the public schools of Florida,  receiving his B.A. Degree in Finance and Business Administration from  the University of Florida in 1952, and his Law Degree Cum Laude from  that same institution in 1954.  He is a member of the Honor Society of  Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma as well as other business and legal  fraternities.  Hilton served in the United States Air Force for two years as a Judge  Advocate and has practiced law in Panama City, Bay County, Florida since  1956  In 1958, Hilton organized Gulf Asphalt Corporation (now GAC Contractors,  Inc.) a  recipient of the 2006 Bay County Business Expansion  Award.  He is the principal stockholder, Chairman, and C.E.O. of that  company, which has been successful over the past 47 years.  The firm is  qualified with all federal, state, and local governmental agencies and  has been involved in all types of construction, including roads,  bridges, buildings, and structures of all types.   



Allan G. Bense

President / Partner

Currently serving as President of GAC Contractors, Allan has been involved in all facets of the company. On May 17th, 1974 two days after he received his Masters Degree (MBA ) from Florida State University, Allan began working for Mr. Hilton at GAC Contractors. His office then was about 18 feet from where his current office is. That was 42 years ago. Allan served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1998 to 2006. He walked away from politics after serving as Speaker of the House from 2004 to 2006. Allan is currently the Chairman of the Board of the James Madison Institute; Chairman of the Board of Gulf Coast Hospital; Past Chairman of the Board of the Florida Chamber of Commerce; Past Chairman of the Board of the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission; Past Chairman of the Board of the Florida Council on Military Base and Mission Support; Past Vice Chairman of Enterprise Florida ( the Governor is the honorary chairman ); past Chairman of the Board of the Bay Economic Development Alliance; Board of Directors- Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc. ( Oversees spending of BP Florida Claim ). Allan married his wife Tonie Johnson Bense in 1975 and they have three children and six grandchildren.  





Derwin White

Vice President / Partner

In 1986, Derwin joined the firm and has accumulated decades of practical experience and various continuing education training. His credentials include: Florida Certified Underground Utility & Excavation Contractor; State of Georgia Utility Supervisor; Alabama Certified General Contractor; Florida Certified Building Contractor; as well as FDOT Asphalt Paving Technician, Levels I & II. Derwin was named member of the year for the Bay County Chamber in 2016.




Andrew Rowell

Safety Director & Environmental Coordinator

Andrew joined the GAC team in 2006 with experience in Building & Planning from Gulf County, Florida and McCracken County, Kentucky. Andrew is currently the Safety Director and Environmental Coordinator for GAC Contractors, Inc. Andrew is also a part of the Business Development team. He is a member of the Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, & Washington Counties Chamber of Commerce, the Bay County Military Affairs Committee, and the Society of American Military Engineers.



James (Jim) Haney

Senior Project Manager

 Jim joined the GAC Team in 2002. He has more than forty years experience in heavy and commercial construction. He has managed everything from water treatment plants to commercial buildings, rest areas, and road construction. He feels that his biggest accomplishment in life is his children and grandchildren!



Tim Brown

Underground Superintendent

Tim joined GAC in 2005 on an underground crew, and quickly became a foreman of his own crew due to his leadership skills and strong work ethic. Tim has over 20 years of experience in construction, and is a certified competent person, confined spaces, and Advanced MOT certified. When Tim is not at work he enjoys spending time with his wife and their nine year old son.





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GAC Contractors

4116 Highway 231 North
Panama City, FL 32404






Since 1958, GAC Contractors offered diverse construction services and have assisted clients from the project conceptual design stage through project completion. Learn more about our company below and discover the difference our diverse management team can make.


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