ASD® Leadership

Setting a positive example and encouraging everyone on our team to grow, learn and always seek knowledge to better ourselves and best serve our clients.

  • Always demonstrate an unwavering commitment to doing what’s right for our clients and ASD® on each and every transaction.
  • Take on challenging tasks and own them with purpose and accountability.
  • Take personal responsibility for making things happen.
  • Always be resourceful and show gumption.
  • Do whatever it takes to continue setting the industry standard for excellence.

This is what we do. This is why our clients put trust in us.

We work hard to be the best, we care about our clients and the success of our organization. We are relentless in our pursuit to deliver projects that make us stand above the rest. We set the standards and once we hit a milestone we look to set new ones. We are ASD® and together we are the best at what we do for you…period.

Kevin Kiziah
Kevin Kiziah, President & CEO

Kevin Kiziah has over 22 years in the workplace technology space and he is responsible for the overall strategic directions and operational excellence at ASD®. His focus is to build vital customer and partner relationships that will enhance the overall performance of ASD®. Kevin’s entire career in the workplace technology space has been with Automated Systems Design, Inc. (ASD®). Kevin joined the company as a salesperson in 1995 and quickly grew to a leadership position. He became Branch Manager in 1997, Vice President of Sales in 2003, President in 2010, and President & CEO in July 2016.


Joseph Pivirotto
Joseph Pivirotto, CFO

Joseph Pivirotto serves as Chief Financial Officer of ASD®. He joined the company in October 2016 and has brought significant finance, accounting, and business leadership experience that has added further depth to the management team. Joseph is responsible for the finance, accounting and human resource functions for ASD® and has more than 10 years of management experience with Private Equity backed high growth companies. Prior to joining ASD®, Joseph was the Vice President of Finance with DTI, leading the finance and accounting team for one of Atlanta’s fastest growing companies. Before that, Joseph was with the Tensar Corporation for 6 years as Vice President and Corporate Controller. He has over 25 years of extensive finance, accounting, and mergers and acquisition experience. He has also worked for Eastman Kodak, Ernst & Young and the Del Webb Corporation, beginning his career with KPMG in Phoenix. Joseph graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Accounting and is a licensed CPA in the State of Arizona.


Michael Castiglione
Michael Castiglione, Vice President

Michael Castiglione has more than a decade of experience in workplace technology space with ASD®. Michael first joined the company as a salesperson in the North Carolina branch. He became a Sr. Account Manager for ASD® leading deployments for some of ASD®’s largest clients. In 2011, Michael was promoted to manage the ASD® Deployment Services group. During this time period, Michael managed the development of ASD® cloud based CRM system, OMNI. In January of 2014, Michael relocated to Georgia to lead the growth of the sales and operations team in our Alpharetta, GA headquarters. Today, his oversight includes management of the Georgia branch P&L, ASD® Design Studio, as well as key systems initiatives where ASD® uses technology to improve the client experience.


John Persuitte
John Persuitte, Vice President

John Persuitte joined ASD® in 2007 as a Project Manager and quickly became a successful Account Manager for some of ASD®’s largest clients. Throughout the past 10 years, John has risen to an executive level position as Vice President of ASD®’s North Carolina operation. John reports directly to the CEO and is responsible for the P&L of the ASD® North Carolina branch. He has been involved in technology since 1996 and holds many credentials that help support ASD®. John is an RCDD in good standing since 2006 and holds a CTS certification.


Doug Gies
Doug Gies, Vice President

Doug Gies is the VP of Operations at Automated Systems Design, Inc. and has worked out of the Conover, NC office since June 2014. Doug provides overall direction and guidance to ASD® operational activities with the objective of maximizing growth and profitability as well as providing day-to-day support to the team.

Doug has over 25 years of experience in the rapid deployment of technology to Fortune 500 retail customers. He started his career in the trenches as a technician learning his craft from the ground up and has worked his way through the ranks from Technician to Field Service Manager to Project Manager to Sales Engineer to Account Manager. In 1990, he joined Datatec Systems Inc., a privately held New Jersey based firm where he held a number of progressively responsible roles over 18 years helping the firm to grow from $18 million to over $120 million in annual revenues. Doug joined Wachter in 2008 and managed the regional office in Charlotte, NC.


Abe Fleming
Abe Fleming, Director of Sales & Marketing

Abe Fleming is a results-oriented business development and technical sales leader with over a decade of progressive experience building and managing sales teams. Abe is primarily responsible for the growth and development of the ASD® sales team.

He is an experienced Project Executive with a talent for negotiating and leveraging profitable relationships with commercial real estate, architectural design, general contracting and construction management firms throughout the United States.


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James Thornton, Design Studio Director

James Thornton has over 25 years of experience in Workplace Technology Design, Project Management and Installation. James joined ASD® in 2017 to oversee the ASD® Design Studio. He started his career while in High School working as a technician for a National Audio/Visual company working nights and weekends. After graduation, James was transferred to the Atlanta Office to manage National Accounts. Study of mechanical and electrical engineering led him into Workplace Technology Systems. James acquired his RCDD in 1998, his Georgia Unrestricted Low Voltage License in 2001 and his SET (NICET Level IV in Fire Alarm) in 2009. He is an active member of BICSI and has been a committee member to the Electronic Safety and Security (ESS) Standards Committee. Working for privately held and Fortune 1000 companies, James has designed and managed the installation of telecommunications, life safety, audio-visual, healthcare and physical security systems.


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Steve Dean, Director of Sales

Steve Dean is responsible for the sales team in the North Carolina office joining the ASD® team in 2017. He brings leadership and direction to the sales team in a very challenging fast paced environment. Steve’s career in the Workplace Technology spans over 32 years. He previously worked at General Cable where he quickly rose to the position of Area Vice-President of Sales. Prior to General Cable, Steve worked for Commscope for over 12 years and held positions ranging from District Sales Manager to Vice President of OEM, Industrial, and Regional Distribution. He has extensive knowledge of our industry, the manufacturers, and channels to market. His career focus has been on training sales teams on selling value added products in the very competitive dynamic market of telecommunications.


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Maury Scruggs, Director of Lighting

Maury Scruggs has 29 years of experience in Workplace Technology and LED Lighting. Maury joined the ASD® team in 2017 and is responsible for the integration of LED smart lighting offerings as they apply to our current workplace technologies space. His career started as a technician in 1988 with Centel and progressed to field technical engineer with Sprint, responsible for IP Telephony design and deployment. He then became a Regional Installation Manager at Centurylink with responsibilities including the oversight of all fiber, data and IP Telephony installs in the Mid-Atlantic region. Maury’s extensive Workplace Technology background allowed for a natural progression into the LED lighting industry with Commercial Lighting Services. As the lighting and data technologies rapidly merge together, it positions ASD® to be a leader in the low voltage lighting space.


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Naomi Nikolas, Digital Marketing Coordinator

Naomi Nikolas has a BA in Marketing and joined the ASD team in early 2018. Previously, she worked for an e-learning start-up where she led all content creation, social media, and design efforts.

Although she is new to the low voltage industry, she has a proven track record in her field and looks forward to growing the ASD brand on and offline. At ASD she is responsible for all marketing initiatives including, but not limited to, the website, paid advertising, social media, SEO, branding, and content creation.


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Kimberly Ranlett, PHR, CDR Talent Acquisition Manager

Kimberly Ranlett started her Human Resources career shortly after graduating from the University of Alabama with a B.A. in Psychology. Over the years she has gained a diverse skill set including Talent Acquisition, Legal Compliance, Employee Relations and Engagement, Benefits, Performance Management, etc..
Kimberly believes that Human Resources is an ever evolving role that should continue to find innovating ways to engage employees while establishing an open and communicative culture. Kimberly joined ASD in 2017 to help build a Talent Acquisition and HR function with the knowledge and comfort of knowing that ASD as a company recognizes how important its most precious asset is, it’s employees.