Women Making Waves: Kris Carroll

Kris Carroll

President, Grady-White Boats

Years in the marine industry: 40

Kris Carroll

Kris Carroll

What are some of the biggest lessons you have learned working in the marine industry? First, you can’t be successful all by yourself, it takes a team of hardworking people who are dedicated to creating the best products, services, etc. “Together” is the most important part of Grady-White’s vision: “Together, delivering the ultimate boating experience.” We accomplish that by paying exceptional attention to the details.

Second, life is a very short journey; therefore it is important to live it fully and live it well.  Producing a product that helps our customer create incredible memories with their families and friends, and at the same time, leading a company where all team members can truly enjoy coming to work, is living the “American Dream.”

If you had to choose one memorable achievement in the marine industry, what would it be and why? Winning the JD Power award for Highest Customer Satisfaction is one of our most significant achievements.

What advice do you have for women starting their careers in the marine industry? Don’t focus on yourself, or what others think of you, but give all your energy and focus to your work. Real satisfaction and joy comes from giving our very best, every day. It’s honest, passionate commitment to excellence that is most valuable in any business … and will always get recognized!

What would you be doing if you weren’t working in the boating industry? My true passion is helping people become all that they were meant to be. I’ve been fortunate to have a leadership role at Grady-White that gives me plenty of opportunity to do that. I believe: “Build your people, build your business,” which is the role of leadership in any business.

What are some of your favorite non-boating hobbies? Reading (learning what others are thinking) and gardening, which although routine and physical, surprises our senses with beauty in its season. Both give me a great return for my efforts!

What is your favorite place to go boating? I really enjoy overnight trips, with my husband, to Beaufort, New Bern, or Washington, N.C. aboard our Grady-White Express 330.

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