Giles Beal is the client relations manager for the Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program (DMCSP) at NC State University Industry Expansion Solutions (IES). Beal serves on the advocacy and outreach team and supports textile companies in manufacturing advanced and smart textiles in support of DoD priorities. Giles has over 45 years of experience in the textile industry, serving as Vice President of Sales with Parkdale Mills and founder and President of Beal Manufacturing. With a career spanning over four decades, Beal has expertise in the North Carolina textile manufacturing industry. He worked for yarn manufacturers that produce and sell fibers to clothing manufacturers and the military, specializing in moisture-wicking activewear innovation. He was responsible for overseeing synthetic yarn operations and manufacturing as well as finding customers for products. He has formed long lasting business and personal relationships in the textile industry Beal holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Lenoir-Rhyne College (now Lenoir-Rhyne University). He also studied textile and yarn manufacturing. When Beal isn’t working to help textile manufacturers, he enjoys spending time with family and playing tennis.