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Don McElveen

Founding Partner and Chairman Emeritus

As a founding partner of GMK Associates, Mr. McElveen served as the firm’s primary engineer through the firm’s early growth and development. Mr. McElveen remains extremely active in day-to-day business development efforts, and his continued involvement with the firm has been integral to GMK’s success. His primary role consists of community and business relations efforts in and around South Carolina. He has an extensive history working with municipalities and other governments, and understands the critical budgetary and schedule constraints for such clients. Likewise, he has been intimately involved with all of GMK’s government projects and many of its historic renovations. He is widely known for establishing the firm’s motto: “happy clients equal future work.” Mr. McElveen is past chair-man of the Santee Cooper board of directors, past chairman of the state Democratic party, and member of the board of trustees of the Medical University of South Carolina. He holds a bachelors degree in engineering from Clemson University and is a registered professional engineer in
South Carolina.