Steven Hughes.jpgSteven Hughes knew what it meant to lead before joining NCMEP partner NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES), he was a Commander in the US Army and was awarded a Bronze Star with Valor for his combat actions in Iraq in 2004. Now, Steven has taken on a role to lead the team of regional managers along with functioning as a member of the IES Core Leadership Team.

Steven joined IES in the summer of 2021 as the director of business development & management. He says he felt he fit in immediately, “On my very first day, Barbara Williams, the associate executive director for field services, gave me a welcoming hug, I knew I had made the right decision to be a part of IES when I was welcomed with open arms! I’m just very excited to be here. What I have seen is that IES is a good organization with great leadership and I love the mission beyond what we do.”

Steven has over 15 years of sales and business development experience and has a B.S. in operations management from Virginia Tech University and an MBA from Elon University. He also holds a certificate in Lean Six Sigma and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

In his free time, Steven enjoys working out, teaching adults basic business practices and traveling with his wife. Contact him at for more information on how IES can help you.