Hugh Gabbard


Hugh Gabbard was born in Big Hill, Kentucky, march 4, 1945. He attended Berea College, earning a degree in Mathmatics in 1965. He then attended the University of Kentucky where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering in 1968. Upon graduating from UK, he began his career with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet as an Assistant Resident Engineer in Madison County before being drafted and entering the United States Army in October of 1968.

Hugh served in the United States Army as part of the 4/23 Mechanized Infranty, 25th Infrantry Division in south Vietnam from oOctober 1968 until June 1970. After returning from Vietnam, he returned to work for KYTC and was promoted to Resident Engineer in Woodford County in 1971, overseeing construction of I-64 between Frankfort and Lexington.  

In 1975, Hugh left the State Government to begin what would become a 40 year career with The Allen Company in Winchester. Beginning as an engineer for the company, he was named president in 1987 and remained in that role until his retirement at the end of 2014. During his time as president of The Allen Company, he helped oversee dramatic growth of the company including the acquistions of Danville Construction, Carey Construction, and M.A. Walker Company. The Allen Company was involved in many major construction projects during his tenure including:

  • I-75 expansion from southern Fayette county to northern Rockcastle county
  • I-64 in Clark County
  • US 27 in Jessamine and Garrard counties

In addition to his duties with The Allen Company, he was also active in numerous industry associations. He was chairman of the kentucky Crushed Stone Association Board of Directors in 1986, President of the Plantmix Asphalt Industries of Kentucky Board of Directors in 1988 and 1996, and Chairman of the the Kentucky Association of Highway Contractors in 1998. He was also active with the Kentucky Geological Survey and University of Kentucky Engineering school.