Phil Mintz is the executive director of NC State University Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) and director of the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP). His role at IES is to lead the College of Engineering extension services program which leverages engineering solutions and best practices to help NC businesses and individuals compete through training and coaching. As the NCMEP director since 2011, Phil drives outreach to NC manufacturers, builds relationships with federal and state leaders and coordinates efforts to drive profitable manufacturing growth in the state. Phil has over 35 years of manufacturing and engineering experience, including 10 years as an IES regional manager and specialist in quality management and Lean Six Sigma services. Before joining IES, he held posts as an industrial and systems engineer and engineering cost specialist for organizations including the US Navy Procurement Office in Norfolk, VA; Lockheed-Martin Engineering and Sciences Company at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA and Westinghouse Electric Corporation’s Electronic Systems Division in Baltimore, MD. He is currently involved in various councils and boards including: the Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence Board of Directors, Polymers Center of Excellence Board of Directors, NC Manufacturing Roundtable, Economic Transformation Council and NC State Rural Leadership Efforts Council. Phil has a B.S. degree in engineering operations from North Carolina State University and an M.S. in industrial engineering from North Carolina A&T State University. Outside of his work, Phil enjoys watching and participating in sports, including golf and activities with his two sons. He is a supporter of youth sports and supports various church and community activities.