A self-described accidental entrepreneur and Unconventional CEO®, Carol Craig is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Craig Technologies, headquartered in Cape Canaveral, FL. Growing Craig Technologies from one person in 1999 to nearly 400 associates today with steadily increasing revenues, Craig Technologies and its subsidiaries Craig Technologies Aerospace Solutions (CTAS) and GCC, LLC lead nationwide operations with employees in over 20 different states.
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, offering design engineering, precision machining and fabrication, systems engineering and integration, software design and development, information technology support, training and courseware development, integrated logistics support and range operations.
In January of 2018, following the successful conclusion of a non-reimbursable five-year Space Act Agreement (SAA) with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Craig Technologies finalized the relocation of its Headquarters, Engineering, and Manufacturing divisions. The new facilities include a 30,000-square foot campus that houses corporate, engineering and avionics staff. The engineering division provides quality in-house Design Engineering services from up-front analysis to integration, assembly and test in support of customers such as the Department of Defense, NASA, Boeing, General Dynamics Electric Boat, Sierra Nevada Corporation and Conoco Phillips.
Craig Technologies’ avionics division, which is a part of CTAS, spans an 12,000-square foot area and produces a wide range of space system flight and ground cables and electronic chassis for such customers as Blue Origin, Sierra Nevada, and NASA.
Craig Technologies’ manufacturing division, is housed in a 20,000-square foot precision manufacturing facility located at 175 Imperial Blvd., Cape Canaveral, Florida. The manufacturing operation provides engineers, technicians and state of the art equipment to support precision machining, fabrication and assembly for prototypes, test articles, one-offs, and low-rate initial production up through high volume swiss screw machining production for companies such as Boeing, United Launch Alliance, Harris and Pacific Scientific, and government agencies.
As a P-3C Orion Naval Flight Officer, Carol was the first female aviator to join her P-3C Orion squadron. 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, FL.
In 2017, Carol was the recipient of the 2017 “Making a Difference” award by The American Business Women’s Association Oceanside Charter Chapter. In 2016, Carol received a Special Congressional Recognition award from Congressman Bill Posey during Hispanic Heritage month for her outstanding and invaluable service to the local community. In 2015, Carol was selected as the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Person of the Year for the State of Florida and South Florida District, and was recognized as the national first runner-up finalist in Washington, DC. The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) recognized Carol 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 Carol as Entrepreneur of the Year.
Carol has also been featured in several publications, including The University of Illinois Alumni Magazine, Florida Trend, Washington Technology, Entrepreneur.com, Orlando Business Journal, and Florida Today.
Carol serves as a member of the Knox College Board of Trustees, is the Enterprise Florida Executive Committee Military Business Unit Liaison, and is a board member with the Florida Tech College of Business, Advisory Board, Florida Chamber of Commerce, UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science, Dean’s Industry Advisory Board (IAB), Junior Achievement of the Space Coast, Florida High-Tech Corridor Council and for the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, FL.
Carol and her husband, CAPT John W. Craig, USN (RET), a former F/A-18 pilot who now flies for JetBlue Airways and is a member of the Brevard County School Board, have two children. In response to her son’s diagnosis with Prader-Willi Syndrome in 2001, Carol founded the Danny Craig Foundation, aiming to raise and administer funds for multiple organizations that focus on researching children’s medical disorders and identifying interventions that help them lead independent lives.