Under the vision of CEO and founder Carol Craig, the advanced aerospace and defense manufacturer has experienced meteoric growth, expanding from a one-woman consulting firm to a 400+ employee enterprise. Carol, a self-described “accidental entrepreneur” and Unconventional CEO®
, formed Craig Technologies at her kitchen table in 1999. As homage to her military experience and strong family values – the mottos “Family…Integrity…Loyalty…Passion…Community®” and “Because It’s All About The Mission®” serves as a creed to focus on the importance of building the foundation of unity and trust in a team that fosters success through stability and companionship.
Before her astropreneurial pursuits, Carol was one of the first women eligible to fly combat aircraft in the U.S. Navy and the first female aviator in her squadron serving as an active duty P-3C Orion Naval Flight Officer. In this position, she was responsible for all tactical communication and navigation aboard combat aircraft. An engineer by trade, Carol also was a military consultant, where she designed cockpit systems and developing instruction for flight planning software systems. Her education includes – a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Knox College, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Illinois, and a Master of Science in Electrical Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Carol continues to expand her education and currently is pursuing a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology.
A testament to her leadership, dynamic business success and service to the community – Carol was named the 2015 SBA’s Small Business Person of the Year for the State of Florida and was a finalist for the SBA’s highly regarded national Small Business Person of the Year Award. Carol has been in several top publications, including The University of Illinois Alumni Magazine, Florida Trend, Washington Technology, Forward Florida, Entrepreneur.com, Orlando Business Journal, and Orlando Sentinel.