Senior Director of IT and Manufacturing Services


Senior Director of IT and Manufacturing Services John Underwood joined SEC as a Project Engineer in 1990.  John was promoted to Engineering Manager in 1993.  During his time in engineering he was responsible for managing the construction of eight new facilities and the expansions two existing facilities as well as the installation of the production equipment.  In 2009 he was asked to join the Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP implementation team coordinating capital projects, purchasing, spare parts inventory, and the MRO aspects as of the AX implementation.  In 2011 he joined the Finance group and was given the responsibility to develop operating budget and financial reporting tools that integrated with AX.  In 2019 John was promoted to Senior Director of IT and Manufacturing Services with responsibilities for the Information Technology department and the Manufacturing Services department.


John earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in Computer Programming from North Carolina State University in 1990.  Join also served 8 years in the United States Army Reserve as a Combat Engineer achieving the rank of Sargent.




John is very active in his local church.  He has served in many capacities and he and his wife coordinated an outreach to the homeless community in the Asheville area for more than 10 years.  He is an avid supporter of ABCCM through the United Way.  John also serves as the President of the Wolf Creek Property Owners Association.


John was born in Haywood County, but grew up in the Enka/Candler area.  He has been married for 33 years to his wife Jill.  They have three children and five grandchildren.  Join enjoys spending as much time as possible with his children and grandchildren.  He loves to hike, fish, and camp.  He also enjoys working in the garden. 

 John's favorite Coke product is Coke Classic