Our Team

Bio-JohnJohn L Auton III: President

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In 2002, after twelve years of working his way up from laborer to project manager, John had enough courage to start his own company. Imperial Design Builders began as a two-man operation, but today the Imperial team has completed hundreds of commercial construction projects. Imperial continues to make a name for itself as a fair, honest, and transparent company with a knack for giving back to the community. The local community is important to John because he grew up in a suburb of Raleigh and has always considered North Carolina his home. Now, after over 40 years, he knows his way around both the community and the construction business. As CEO, he believes that the best leaders surround themselves with the best people. John trusts his team explicitly and knows how valuable they are to both his company and his clients. If you know John, you know that he is a religious man—the kind of man who lists as hobbies both attending church activities and spending time with his wife and family. When asked what his greatest achievement was, he responded, “Being Saved by the grace of God.” That’s the kind of man John is and he tries hard to run his business with the same set of values that govern his life. Whether it’s business or church, in John’s eyes we’re all part of the same community and ought to look after each other.


Macon AutonMacon Auton: Vice President/Superintendent

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A 1992 graduate of Clayton High School, Macon’s 21 years of construction experience began in 1989 as a laborer working with his brother building houses, remodeling, and doing light commercial jobs. He gained a subcontractor’s perspective while working in restaurant renovations and commercial construction, primarily interior metal and wood stud installation drywall applications, which helps him in his active on site supervision of Imperial Design Builders projects.


Bio-MikeMike Gillikin: Vice President of Sales and Business Development

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Mike began his career in construction over 15 years ago as a consultant for one of the major self-storage building suppliers in the Southeast. In his role as a self-storage consultant he worked with self-storage owners, contractors, real estate developers, civil engineers and architects to develop site plans, layouts, unit mixes and building designs. He brings his knowledge from self-storage construction and network to Imperial Design Builders and as VP of Sales and Business Development he will add to their already strong knowledge of the self-storage industry and construction. He has an Undergraduate Degree in Mathematics and a Master’s Degree in Business Administraton (MBA) from East Carolina University. Mike resides in Winterville, NC with his wife Jennifer, their son and their golden retriever, Trooper. He loves spending time with his family, sports, East Carolina University Athletics, hunting and salt-water fishing.


Nathaniel BridgersNathaniel Bridgers: Estimator/Sales

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Nathan has worked in construction since graduating from Garner Senior High School in 1971. He loves sports, including baseball, football, basketball and saltwater fishing.


Meredith TerrellMeredith Terrell: Controller

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Meredith was born in Lynchburg, Virginia and grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, moving to Raleigh 15 years ago. She holds a degree in Business Management & Organizational Development, and has been studying in preparation of sitting for her CPA license. She has worked in the construction/architectural fields for 10 years.


Ms. Charlie - The FlashBrian Wood: Service Manager

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Brian has been in construction since 1996 and with Imperial Design Builders since its inception. His hobbies are working on cars and fixing things, hunting, and spending time with his kids.


Ms. Charlie - The FlashCasey Evans: Project Manager

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Born and raised in North Carolina. Casey Evans watched firsthand the growth of the Triangle Area and became very interested in the Commercial Sector of Real Estate. Casey has spent the last 14 years in different sectors of the commercial real estate industry. From Commercial Site Development, Management and Accounting, Casey has always had a passion for the industry and is consistently growing her knowledge base. Casey has been a NC Real Estate Licensee since 2009 and also obtained a Certificate in Business Management and Human Resources from Wake Tech Community College in 2003. New to Imperial Design Builders, Casey Evans came on board with the IDB Team June, 2017 and is excited about taking on new challenges with this group on talent!


Ms. Charlie - The FlashDrew Gillikin: Site Supervisor

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Drew grew up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and graduated from Cape Hatteras Secondary School in 2007. He studied Business Management at East Carolina before heading out into the work force. Having started in an entry level position, he quickly rose to managerial roles in a short amount of time. Taking the knowledge he has learned in prior roles, he was excited to join the Imperial Design Builders team and contribute as a site supervisor. A die hard outdoorsman and fisherman when he isn’t on the job site, he is usually saltwater fishing, fly tying, hiking, traveling, watching sports or is at the beach or on the water.


Ms. Charlie - The FlashMike Francis: Superintendent

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Mike started his construction career in 2005 working for a national residential production builder in the Raleigh, NC market. After 12 years of residential construction transitioning to commercial construction and Imperial Design Builders was a great opportunity and something that he always wanted to do. Along with his loyalty and commitment, Mike brings his experience with production and high paced construction to the Imperial Design Builders’ team. Before moving to the Raleigh area in 1998, he graduated from Elmira College with a Business Management degree. While attending Elmira College he was also a student athlete, playing for the basketball team. He is still active in athletics, playing softball and basketball for Apex, Cary, and the Raleigh city leagues. When not working and playing sports, he loves to relax at the beach. Mike grew up in Virginia Beach and his love for the beach and ocean is still in his blood.


DukeMr. Duke: The Intimidator

Mr. Duke, as a larger version now, can be intimidating but don’t let the size fool you, he still loves to spend time in your lap.