Carol Craig is Founder/CEO of GCC Interactive Technologies, Inc. A self-described ‘Unconventional CEO’ with no formal business training, Carol finds entrepreneurship ‘addictive’ after she successfully grew Craig Technologies from her kitchen table to 300 employees and nearly $30M in revenues. Since finding reward in offering custom engineering and technical services, she started Craig Technologies Machine & Tool Division in 2011 to provide high-tech prototyping and precision manufacturing services in Cape Canaveral, FL. Now leading GCC Interactive Technologies, Inc., Carol continues to work with all branches of the military, Veterans Administration, Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation, NASA, and a variety of commercial customers.
An engineer by trade, Carol consulted for the military as a designer of cockpit systems and also worked large-scale legacy migration projects in the healthcare and insurance industries. Prior to her entrepreneurial pursuits, Carol served in the military as an active duty 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 Engineering from the University of Illinois, and an MS in Electrical Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Carol is now pursuing a PhD in Human Centered Design at Florida Tech in Melbourne, FL, and a PhD in Industrial Engineering at the University of Central Florida.
Carol was a finalist in the Technology category for the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Florida Region, and she was selected as one of the Top 25 Women to Watch: Florida’s Entrepreneurial Leaders by the Center for Leadership at Florida International University (FIU) in 2011. The Small Business Administration South Florida District named Carol the “Minority Small Business Person of the Year” in 2009 and 2010, and Carol received the 2008 “Entrepreneur of the Year Award,” granted by the Society of Women Engineers national awards committee.
Carol offers her experience as a board member to the Industrial Engineering and Management Systems Executive Advisory Board for the University of Central Florida College of Engineering, the University of Central Florida Foundation, the SBA’s Women’s Business Center at Florida Tech, and the National Space Club Florida Committee. In every endeavor, Carol believes people come first and she gives back to her community as a board member and major donor for several outstanding non-profit organizations, including United Way, Junior Achievement, and Children’s Home Society.
In 2011, Carol founded the Danny Craig Foundation to help raise and administer funds to research childhood medical disorders. In her spare time, Carol enjoys traveling with her family, making music in her church, and attending Orlando Magic basketball games.