Kris Carroll Awarded at American Boating Congress

Kris Carroll, president of Grady-White Boats, receives recreational boating industry award for advocacy at the American Boating Congress.

The Foundation for Recreational Boating Safety, Education and Environment Awareness announces that Grady-White Boats President Kris Carroll is a recipient of the 2018 Hammond Marine Industry Leadership Award for extraordinary service and commitment to advocacy on behalf of the recreational boating industry.  Carroll was honored at a ceremony during the American Boating Congress (ABC) in Washington, D.C., on May 11.

Carroll joined Grady-White Boats in 1975, and had held several positions including vice-president of the departments of Engineering, Information Systems and Accounting in 1986.  Promoted to company president in 1993, she continues to lead Grady-White in delivering the vision "Together, Delivering the Ultimate Boating Experience" to customers.

Carroll had dedicated her career to the betterment of the recreational boating industry, sitting on several marine industry boards and committees, including the National Marine Manufacturers of America (NMMA) Board and NMMA's Boat Manufacturers Division Board.  Early champion of the BoatPAC and industry advocacy, Carroll fought for dozens of years to ensure that issues vital to recreational boating are front and center with the nation's decision makers.  She was also honored with the Marine Retailers Association Darlene Briggs Marine Woman of the Year in 2002.

"The persistent dedication and commitment of time Kris has contributed to our industry over the past two decades is immeasurable, from her championship of BoatPAC to helping grow BoatPAC to the largest levels and broadest number of contributions ever," says NMMA president Thom Dammrich.  "Her consensus building approach has helped to unify the industry, build ABC to the important legislative event it is today, and contribute to reform needed on a local and national level to benefit the boating industry and the country's boaters and anglers.  I'm honored to present this award to one of the hardest working people in our industry."

In 1997, Mr. Robert (Bob) Hammond, found of Glastron Boats and a renowned industry pioneer, made a donation to the NMMA Foundation to establish an annual award that recognizes individuals who have helped grow and protect the industry through advoacay—stopping unwanted government regulations or seeking needed government regulation—and who have demonstrated dedication to the long-term health of the entire marine industry.  The Hammond Marine Industry Leadership Award is presented annually during the American Boating Congress.

The Foundation for Recreational Boating Safety, Education and Environment Awareness is dedicated to educating the public about important issues impacting the recreational boating industry.

For More Information Contact:
J.B. Pearsall, Grady-White Boats
(252) 752-2111 |