Jarrod Hayes

Jarrod Hayes


B.S. Business Admin./UNC-Chapel Hill with honors and highest distinction
M.B.A./Fuqua School of Business/Duke University

Favorite Social Activity


Most Embarrassing Professional Moment

After arriving at Denver Int. Airport in the late afternoon, On the way to the hotel in my rental car I was battling rush hour traffic.  When merging from the on ramp onto the Interstate a cop pulled me over to discuss his displeasure with my merging technique.  I didn’t get a ticket but he gave me a lesson on proper merging in his city.  The next morning when I arrived at a meeting with an important new client, the customer said, “Hey, Jarrod, was that you in the purple PT Cruiser on the side of the interstate talking to a cop?”  As if driving a purple PT Cruiser wasn’t embarrassing enough.

First Concert

Dave Matthews

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CEO & Founder


Jarrod focuses on accelerating revenue, maximizing profitability and building the Essentia culture.


Jarrod served as Managing Member of Utilipath, LLC, Jarrod led the divestiture of the Company’s Outside Plant Construction division and the spin-off of the Company’s Enterprise and Carrier Network Services division into Essentia.

Employment History

Prior to Utilipath, Jarrod was General Manager of Operations with First South Utility Construction, a telecommunications infrastructure services company headquartered in Greensboro, NC. At First South, he managed over 50 employees in fifteen states, including the construction, engineering, and permitting of a 1000‐mile fiber network on the east coast.

Prior to joining First South, Jarrod was an Analyst with Barrington Associates, an investment banking firm headquarted in Los Angeles, CA, specializing in providing merger and acquisition and corporate finance services to middle market companies. At Barrington, Jarrod participated in a number of sell‐side advisory transactions involving manufacturers of consumer products and food processing machinery, aerospace companies, and providers of telecommunications infrastructure services.

Civic & Board Involvement

Jarrod serves on the Board of Directors of Adams Craig Acquisitions and volunteers as a pilot for Angel Flight Southeast.

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