About Us

Carter Group is a general contractor providing design-build and construction management services. Founded in Nashville, TN in 2004, Carter Group began with two experienced colleagues whose primary focus was to establish a company with the right people who possess integrity, technical expertise, and a dedication to exceeding the expectations of each client every time.

Our Legacy

Carter Group was founded by Lee Carter and Griff Irby, who are respected leaders in the construction industry in Nashville and beyond. Their extensive industry knowledge, focus on long-term relationships, and commitment to quality have earned the utmost respect of associates and other industry leaders. 

In 2023, Lee Carter was awarded the Rogers-Bell Award from Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Tennessee, which is the most prestigious award the chapter can bestow upon a member. His tenacity, understanding, love, and service to the ABC organization and the construction industry greatly influences the culture at Carter Group today.

Carter Group employees at the office in Nashville, Tennessee
Map of each state that Carter Group has worked with clients in

Project Locations

Carter Group is based in Nashville, TN, with a regional office in Chattanooga. The firm has constructed projects in over 25 states.

Contactor's Licenses

  • Alabama

  • Arizona

  • Arkansas

  • Colorado

  • Florida

  • Georgia

  • Illinois

  • Kentucky

  • Louisiana

  • Maryland

  • Mississippi

  • North Carolina

  • Ohio

  • Pennsylvania

  • South Carolina

  • Tennessee

  • Texas

  • Utah

  • Virginia

  • West Virginia

Our Clients

Core Values



Do what is right, not just what is easy.



Take ownership in your work and meet commitments with precision.



Embrace the moments that allow us to grow and learn. Humble confidence is key.



The best results emerge when we work together.



Prioritize deadlines without compromising quality.

    Meet the Team

    Lee Carter of Carter Group Nashville

    Lee Carter

    Founding Principal

    Griff Irby for Carter Group Nashville

    Griff Irby

    Managing Partner

    Shaun Dickert for Carter Group Nashville

    Shaun Dickert

    Partner | COO

    Dana Terebessy for Carter Group Nashville

    Dana Terebessy

    Partner | Business Development

    Caleb Williams for Carter Group Nashville

    Caleb Williams

    Partner | Sr. Project Manager

    Seth Corley for Carter Group Nashville

    Seth Corley

    Chattanooga Division Manager


    Carter Group recognizes the importance of safety and has established a Safety Policy to educate our field technicians, subcontractors, and office staff. Our Safety Mission is to provide a safe working environment on all construction sites, so all team members return home safely to their loved ones each day.

    Each member of our staff and team of subcontractors is responsible for safety.

    • Carter Group promotes & champions the concept of SAFETY FIRST.

    • Diamond / Platinum Awards from ABC for Safety since 2017.

    • Every Carter Group employee is CPR, First Aid, & AED Certified.

    • Field management staff maintains current 30-Hour OSHA certifications.

    • Active participant in the TN Drug-Free Workplace Program.

    • We focus on accident prevention through continual training.

    Our commitment to SAFETY FIRST has proven to be very successful. We will continue to improve and research ways to better secure our system and job sites from safety hazards to prevent accidents from happening.

    Safety Awards

    • 2023 ABC Diamond STEP Safety Award

      Associated Builders and Contractors’ Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) is a world-class safety system and safety benchmarking and improvement tool. Diamond is the highest achievement level for a contractor, recognizing their ability to effectively meet all safety requirements.

    Construction worker on site with helmet

    Chattanooga Office

    Regional office for Carter Group serving southeastern TN, north GA, north AL, and the Carolinas. The office is focused on design-build industrial, educational/institutional, adaptive reuse, and commercial projects.

    400 E. Main St., Suite 150, Chattanooga, TN 37408
    (423) 250-9780

    Community Involvement

    Carter Group is actively engaged in industry organizations, and our employees volunteer in a variety of school programs and nonprofits in the Nashville area. As a company, we believe it’s important to contribute in a meaningful way to the communities we call home. 

    Below is a representation of a few of the organizations in which we have been involved or are currently serving:


    • Boy Scouts of America Logo
    • Cheekwood Estate & Gardens Logo
    • Civic Design Center Logo
    • Crossroads Campus Logo
    • Safe Haven Family Shelter Logo

    Industry Organizations

    • ABC Greater Tennessee Logo
    • Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Logo
    • NACC 20/30 Partnership Logo
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