Our Partners

 

Learn more about our partners at GAC Contractors. With our decades of industry experience, we are ready 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.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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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