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Meet the Leadership

Bryant Sauls

Bryant’s career journey began in 1988 as an Automation Specialist, selling Square-D Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) in Eastern, NC. Later, he transitioned to Electric Supply and Equipment (ES&E) as an Automation Specialist selling and supporting Allen Bradley PLC’s, HMI’s, vision, and motion control products for about 8 years in the same NC market. This experience allowed him to forge strong relationships with various customers while gaining a deep understanding of providing cutting-edge automation solutions.

In 1996, he joined EMOC, a control systems integrator, and spearheaded the opening of their New Bern and Wilson, NC offices as the Branch Manager. His role encompassed business development and overseeing the branch’s operations. Through dedication and effort, the team transformed the branch from scratch into a fully operational office with a staff of 10 controls engineers. Notably, two of these engineers, Derrick Creel and Al Hedgepeth, eventually became business partners.

In 2001, seizing an opportunity, they established IAS, and commenced operations in Wilson, NC. Presently, Bryant serves as the President and Director of the Integration Business Unit at IAS. What continues to drive his passion for this field is the opportunity to cultivate new relationships in the market while nurturing existing ones forged over his entire career.

Bryant commented “Despite the rapid evolution of automation solutions over my 32-year journey, one constant remains: the importance of relationships. I am profoundly grateful for the many friendships that have shaped my career and contributed to my current position”.

Outside of work, Bryant cherishes spending time with his family. Married for 30 plus years, he considers himself blessed with two daughters and a grandchild. In his leisure time, he indulges in various hobbies, from tending to his homestead to boating and playing pickleball.

Derrick Creel

Derrick Creel serves as the Vice President of Industrial Automated Systems, Inc. His journey began after earning a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, followed by 8 years of experience in an industrial setting, where he engaged with various manufacturing systems. During this period, he also obtained his North Carolina limited Electrical Contracting License.

Transitioning from manufacturing, Derrick joined the Wilson branch of EMOC, a local systems integrator, before co-founding Industrial Automated Systems with Bryant Sauls and Al Hedgepeth in 2001. Throughout his tenure with IAS, Derrick’s role has evolved, encompassing Project Management, Program Development, and Design. Presently, he oversees the company’s UL508 panel shop and remains a vital contributor to the design team.

Outside of work, Derrick finds solace tending to his land and garden. He and his wife cherish weekends spent at their small cabin in the mountains.

Al Hedgepeth

Al Hedgepeth graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University. After a stint in the textile industry, he, alongside Bryant Sauls and Derrick Creel, co-founded Industrial Automated Systems in 2001. Initially, Al served as an Automation Engineer, focusing on designing control systems, PLC programming, HMI application development, and providing installation support. He also secured an Unlimited Electrical License and an Alarm Systems License in North Carolina.

As the President of Triune Electric, Al’s main responsibilities revolve around overseeing day-to-day operations, directing estimating, and managing the installation of major electrical projects. With a cumulative experience of 30 years across Triune and IAS, Al’s expertise greatly benefits our customers. In his leisure time, Al indulges in hunting and fishing.

Kimberly Pelkey

After earning her engineering degree from North Carolina State University, she launched her career as a Manufacturing Engineer for Haworth Furniture. Then she transitioned to electrical distribution working for Electrical Supply and Equipment (ES&E) selling Rockwell Automation products and later to General Electrical (Plastics and Industrial divisions) where she was enrolled in the management trainee program. A final stop in distribution was with WESCO selling Siemens automation products and solutions. Through the role of Sales Engineer, she gained invaluable insights into the importance of delivering quality products, providing exceptional customer service, and fostering strong client relationships, lessons that have remained central through her professional journey.

Now serving as the Director of Business Development at Industrial Automated Systems, her primary aim is to cultivate enduring partnerships with clientele. IAS distinguishes itself through its holistic involvement in projects, spanning technology, budget management, scheduling, project oversight, engineering, and quality assurance. Pelkey has guided IAS to ten consecutive years of recognition as System Integrator Giants, an esteemed award conferred by Control Engineering Magazine to honor the Top 100 integrators in the United States. Kimberly stated “Personally, I am dedicated to positioning our organization as a strategic ally to our clients, investing the necessary effort to comprehend both their business objectives and project requirements thoroughly”.

Mark Bass

Mark earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University before embarking on a career journey that led him to Industrial Automated Systems. Prior to joining the team, he served as a Controls Engineer at EMOC, Inc., located in Lexington, NC and specializing in Rockwell Automation control systems and the various aspects of process control and equipment engineering.

Mark was the first engineer hired by IAS, starting as a Project/Controls Engineer in 2001. Throughout his tenure, he has been instrumental in the company’s evolution, witnessing its transformation from a small team of 5 to a thriving workforce of over 120 professionals. Currently serving as the Director of Project Engineering and Operations, Mark has been pivotal in shaping the company’s trajectory, expanding its focus beyond equipment and automation to foster the growth of the PMO group within the organization.

Anthony Smith

In 1984, Anthony Smith embarked on his professional journey after earning a degree in electronics engineering. He began as a design engineer at APV Baker (formerly Baker Perkins), where he honed his skills with Rockwell Automation Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), PanelView Operator Interface Terminals (OIT), and PC-based supervisory software. His responsibilities extended to start-up and field service tasks, enriching his expertise. The next stop for Anthony was with Siemens Building Technologies in Research Triangle Park, NC.

In 1996, Anthony was a co-founder of JAG Automation, later a division of Electric Supply and Equipment Company (ES&E) as a senior automation/project leader and, later assuming the role of project manager for Universal Leaf Tobacco NA, the world’s largest tobacco threshing facility.

Joining IAS in 2008 he established the office in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he oversaw a burgeoning team of engineers and technicians. Notably, the Raleigh branch plays a pivotal role in the life science and semiconductor sectors within the Raleigh–Durham-RTP area. Anthony’s wealth of experience proves invaluable as he guides the engineers through various projects, ensuring their successful execution.