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 swhughes@ncsu.edu for more information on how IES can help you.