Using his finance degree from NCSU, an MBA and experience with a Fortune Global 100 organization, Derrick has led Freedom to financial stability and growth for a decade. He serves as President of the ESOP Association Carolina’s Chapter and sits on The National Board of Directors for The ESOP Association as well as The Employee Ownership Foundation. He finds great delight serving as a financial strategist to several non-profits and start-up businesses. He always prioritizes time with his wife and three kids, although he keeps a full plate. When he can squeeze it in, you’ll find him yelling “FORE” on the golf course.
Thad HarrisVP of Business Development
Thad Harris has been a member of the Freedom Industries team since 2011. For the last several years he's served in Business Development, in which he leads our Marketing Strategy, pursues bid opportunities and establishes and sustains collaborative relationships with our customers. When he's not developing business, you'll most likely find him shooting guns, fishing, watching movies, raiding dollar-store candy aisles, or hiking a trail with a few of his six kids. One of his greatest loves is to date his wife Lori, of 19 years.
Jay CollinsVice President - Mechanical Division
During his time as a United States Marine Jay developed the discipline and leadership skills that have aided his climb up the corporate ladder. Beginning his career 20 years ago as a semi-skilled helper Jay has prided himself with hard work in several rolls in the mechanical industry. He currently serves the role of Mechanical Division Manager for Freedom Industries. This veteran has acquired the skills and experience necessary to lead his team in delivering quality products on time. One of Jay’s greatest joys is “seeing people reach the potential they didn’t know they had.” In his down time Jay enjoys traveling, DIY projects, and spending time with his wife and children.
Gary JohnstonElectrical Division Manager
As a member of the Feedom team, Gary brings over 24 years of leadership and expertise with him. Having been fortunate enough to work for some of the top EC&M firms over the years, Gary has a diverse background in the industry and will help provide Key Strategies for the future, coupling this with Freedom's culture and attention to the customer, Gary hopes to grow with his team and clients. In his spare time Gary enjoys spending time with his wife Jennifer and their two daughters. His hobbies include camping, golfing, traveling, and shooting guns.