A self-described accidental entrepreneur and Unconventional CEO™, Carol Craig is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Craig Technologies, headquartered in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Growing Craig Technologies from one person in 1999 to nearly 400 associates and $45M in revenues today, Ms. Craig leads nationwide operations with employees in over 20 different states with offices in Huntsville, Ala. and Orlando, Fla.
Craig Technologies was listed as one of Florida’s Best Companies to Work For in 2011 and 2013 by Florida Trend magazine. As CEO, Ms. Craig oversees corporate operations to ensure quality service for her commercial and government customers, offering high-end custom engineering and technical support services.
In January of 2013, Ms. Craig opened the 161,000 square foot Craig Technologies Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing Center, and currently provides end-to-end solutions for prototype development and production of manufacturing orders with 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. She 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, Fla.
The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) recognized Ms. Craig with the Kathleen P. Sridhar Small Business Executive of the Year Award in 2013, and she received the prestigious 2013 HENAAC Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Great Minds in STEM. In 2008, the Society of Women Engineers recognized Ms. Craig as Entrepreneur of the Year.
Ms. Craig serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for University of Central Florida’s College of Engineering, and on the University of Central Florida Foundation Board of Directors and Development Committee. Ms. Craig also serves on numerous community boards to include Enterprise Florida, the Florida HighTech Corridor Council, Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast.
Ms. Craig and her husband, 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), have two children. In response to her son’s diagnosis with Prader-Willi syndrome in 2001, 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.