Our Fearless Founder, with over 40 years of experience in the industry, launched Freedom Industries in 2004 with a small handful of teammates. Within the first three years, Doug won the Rookie Business Leader of the Year for the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce and was a finalist for the NEER Entrepreneur of the Year! With more licenses than the DMV, Doug brings brilliance to every bid package and estimate. Doug enjoys time with his wife of 42 years, two daughters and three grandchildren. One of his greatest passions is sharing the love of Jesus, both overseas and as a deacon in his local church.
Derrick VickVP & Chief Financial Officer
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.
Jay GunterVP of Mechanical Operations
To know Jay Gunter, think "Quiet Confidence"! Jay is a deep well of mechanical expertise. This hardworking family man brings honesty and 26 years of experience to every project. In addition to being an alumnus of Wolfpack Nation, he holds the H1, H2 and H3 licenses. On a crisp, cool fall Saturday morning, you’ll find Jay on a boat catching fish or tuning in to College Gameday.
Billy CappsVP of Electrical Operations
Beside the word, loyal, in a Google search, you'll find a picture of Billy Capps! From his 12 years at Freedom, to his 36 years in Electrical Construction, to his 35 years of marriage to Rhonda, producing two wonderful kids, to decades of serving his church, we guess you could say he’s as loyal as his beloved labradoodle dog, Beaufort! Nash County born and raised, on a boat fishing, he spends most of his off days. No need to worry, his electrical and fishing license will be up-to-date! His loyalty is mirrored by every leader on his multi-million-dollar electrical team.
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 CollinsManaging Director of Operations
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 Managing Director of Operations 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.