Grady-White Boats, Inc.
"We build boats that deliver ultimate boating experiences to our customers! Boating enhances their lives by creating wonderful memories with family and friends. In turn, this has provided the opportunity for all Grady-White associates to prosper while maximizing our own individual gifts, passions, and talents. The American Dream!"
Kris began her career at Grady-White more than 40 years ago as a production control clerk. She exceeded her leaders’ expectations at every turn, and worked her way up through many areas and roles at Grady-White to become a Vice President in 1986, then President in 1993. She was the first female president of a 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 they enjoy, and has created a strong corporate culture based on education and empowerment.
Kris is passionate about working with people to develop their gifts and talents to their fullest potential. She has personally coached each of the current executives from their starting positions at Grady-White, over the years, to their Vice President roles today. She is adept at identifying each person’s skills and channeling them into work that brings both great value to the company and personal satisfaction to the individual.
She is a mentor to many throughout the marine industry and serves on a range of boards where she’s able to offer leadership and guidance. Over her career, Kris’s efforts have resulted in top honors in every third-party study, including the coveted JD Power and Associate Customer Satisfaction Award and the NMMA Customer Satisfaction Awards.
Kris’s ability to assemble and inspire the best people, her steadfast beliefs, and hard work continue to set quite an example for the entire community as well as our industry. Kris is a former board member of Pitt County United Way, and has a heart to help those who struggle, actively supporting many initiatives for those in need within the community.