Carol Craig – CEO

carol_head_shot_sm A self-described accidental entrepreneur and Unconventional CEO TM, Carol Craig is  Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Craig Technologies, headquartered in Cape Canaveral, FL.  Carol grew Craig Technologies from one person in 1999 to nearly 400 associates today.  Ms. Craig leads nationwide operations with employees in over 20 different states with offices in Huntsville, AL and Orlando, FL.  Craig Technologies is an Economically-Disadvanteged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB), Service-Disabled-Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), Minority-Owned, Small Disadvantaged Business, is ITAR registered, and certified as an ISO 9001 and AS9100 company.  Craig Technologies was listed as one of Florida’s Best Companies to Work For in 2011 and 2013 by Florida Trend magazine.

As CEO, Carol oversees corporate operations to ensure quality service-delivery for her commercial and government customers.  Craig Technologies offers high-end custom engineering and technical support services to include: Software Design and Development, Systems Engineering and Integration, Multidisciplinary Engineering, Training and Courseware Development, Modeling & Simulation, Information Technology Support, and Integrated Logistics Support.   In 2011, Ms. Craig started a machine and tool division to offer an end-to-end solution for prototype development and production of precision manufacturing orders.  She has since expanded and officially opened the Craig Technologies Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing Center (ADMC) on January 1, 2013.  In Craig Technologies’ 161,000 SF Headquarters building, the ADMC provides precision machining and fabrication, avionics laboratory services, specialty manufacturing, and test and evaluation capabilities.

Ms. Craig’s military experience includes active duty as a P-3C Orion Naval Flight Officer, specializing in Anti-Surface and Sub-Surface Warfare.  Prior to her service, she was a computer engineer for Naval Air Warfare Center-Indianapolis, concentrating on the integration of Global Positioning Systems and Cockpit Display development for several Navy and Marine Corps aircraft.  Carol has in-depth knowledge of military IT security and installation as a result of her tenure as the Automated Information Security Manager for the Strike Fighter Weapons School, Pacific in Lemoore, CA. In addition, she supported the Strike Fighter Weapons School, Atlantic in Virginia Beach, VA where she instructed Navy Portable Flight Planning System (N-PFPS) software and developed mission planning training courses for tactical aviators.

Carol holds a BA in Computer Science from Knox College, a BS in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Illinois, and an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Ms. Craig is pursuing a PhD in Systems Engineering at Florida Tech in Melbourne, FL.  In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Carol was recognized as a Finalist for the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” in the Technology category for the Florida region. The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. Recent awards include the NDIA’s 2013 Kathleen P. Sridhar Small Business Executive of the Year Award; 2012 Manufacturing Institute Women in Manufacturing STEP Award Honoree in the Technology Category; 2012 Technology Executive of the Year Congressional Medal of Merit, awarded by US Congressman Bill Posey at the Florida TechXpo TechNovation Awards.

Carol serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for University of Central Florida’s College of Engineering, and serves on the University of Central Florida Foundation Board of Directors and Development Committee.  Ms. Craig also serves on numerous community boards to include Junior Achievement of the Space Coast, United Way of Brevard, Brevard Library Foundation and the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, among others.  She is Chair of the Space Coast Disability Council and is a board member of the Economic Development Commission of the Space Coast, Brevard Workforce, and National Space Club Florida Committee. Ms. Craig was recently appointed to the Orlando, Inc., Florida Hi-Tech Council and Enterprise Florida.

Ms. Craig is also affiliated with numerous industry and professional organizations to include the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Florida Minority Suppliers Development Council (FMSDC), International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), National Center for Simulation, National Defense Industry Association (NDIA), Women in Defense (WID), Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), and Navy League. Carol is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, who named her “Outstanding Woman Engineer of the Year” by the Space Coast Chapter in 2008, and named Carol the 2008 “Entrepreneur of the Year” at the national level.

Ms. Craig is the proud mother to Danny and Gillian, and wife to CAPT John W. Craig, USN, a former F/A-18 pilot who now flies for JetBlue Airways and is a Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (NEPLO) assigned to FEMA Region IV in Atlanta, GA with the Naval reserves.  Carol is Founder of the Danny Craig Foundation, aiming to raise and administer funds for multiple organizations that focus on researching children’s medical disorders.  Carol and John’s son was born with Prader-Willi Syndrome in 2001 and she has been actively involved in improving the quality of life of children with special needs.  Carol is also involved with several churches where she sings in the choir, and plays hand bells and piano.