Grady-White president will receive manufacturing award

The Manufacturing Institute is recognizing Grady-White Boats president Kris Carroll.
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The Manufacturing Institute is recognizing Grady-White Boats president Kris Carroll as one of the marine industry’s four honorees for 2017 STEP Ahead Awards at an April 20 gala in Washington, D.C.

The institute is affiliated with the National Association of Manufacturers.

The STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award celebrates women nationwide who are role models in manufacturing and have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers in all phases of the manufacturing process.

STEP Ahead aims to “close the skills and gender gap” and inspire future generations of women to consider careers in manufacturing.

“Women like Kris Carroll exemplify the path an exciting career in manufacturing can take,” Heidi Alderman, 2017 chairwoman of STEP Ahead and senior vice president of the BASF Group’s Intermediates North America division, said in a statement. “STEP Ahead recognizes women nationwide for their significant achievements in the field of manufacturing and the positive impact on their companies and the industry as a whole.”

Carroll began her career at Grady-White more than 40 years ago as a production control clerk. She worked her way up through many areas and roles at Grady-White to become president in 1993.

She was the first female president of a major boat company, and her clear vision and effective leadership touched all aspects of the business. She has helped build and inspire a dedicated workforce of craftspeople doing fulfilling work that they enjoy, and has created a strong corporate culture based on education and empowerment.

She is a mentor to many and serves on a range of boards, where she is able to offer leadership and guidance. Kris’ efforts have resulted in top honors for Grady-White in every third-party study of customer satisfaction in the marine industry, including eight coveted J.D. Power and Associates customer satisfaction awards and 15 NMMA CSI customer satisfaction awards to date.

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