Lindon Hayes

Lindon Hayes


B.S. UNC-Chapel Hill/Phi Beta Kappa/Highest Honors

Favorite Social Activity

Sharing ideas and experiences with family, friends, and colleagues.

Most Embarrassing Professional Moment

There’s a lot to choose from but I’d have to say it’s sometime in my first month in field construction for First South Utility. My wife took one look at me in my hard hat and doubled over laughing. When she could talk again she started off by saying “you look like such a dork in a hard hat . . . “

First Concert

The Connells

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CEO & Founder


Lindon spends his time on strategy, business and corporate development, growth initiatives, and operations for Essentia.


Lindon Hayes was the Founder and Managing Member of Utilipath, LLC. Utilipath was a nationwide network services provider and grew to become the 120th largest private company in North Carolina in only 10 years. Utilipath was honored with the Hire Power awards from Inc. Magazine for growing by 97 employees in one year. Other growth awards included Inc Magazine’s 5000 list (3 consecutive years), North Carolina Mid-Market Fast 40 (2 consecutive years), and the Charlotte Fast 50 (2 consecutive years). Utilipath was sold to a private equity firm in 2013.

Employment History

Prior to founding Utilipath Lindon was General Manager of Operations with First South Utility Construction, a telecommunications infrastructure services company headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina. At First South, he managed construction projects with annual sales of $25 million, specializing in federal government, plant protection, long-haul construction, and structured cabling projects.

Lindon worked as an Equity Analyst and Portfolio Manager at Myers and Company before joining First South. Lindon, along with a team of three other analysts, determined capital allocation for approximately $1 billion in assets. Previous to his experience with Myers and Company, Lindon held the position of Senior Consultant with Kaiser Associates, a global strategy management consulting firm whose clients include two-thirds of the Fortune 500. At Kaiser, Lindon advised senior management of Procter and Gamble, Raytheon, NCR, John Deere, The Mutual Group, and General Motors.


Lindon has been recognized for the Charlotte 40 under 40, Florida Governor’s Innovation Award, the Top 50 Charlotte Entrepreneurs, and Movers and Shakers of Charlotte.

Civic & Board Involvement

Lindon is an actively engaged in the civic and business community. His past and current Board participation includes involvement in the Chapter, Regional, and International Boards for Young President’s Organization (YPO).

Additionally Lindon has been involved in the Charlotte Chamber’s Board of Advisors, the Alumni Board of Directors for the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, is a member of Vistage international, and has been a sponsor of and speaker for the UNC-Charlotte Entrepreneurship program.

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