Jill Carraway, Vice President of Finance at Grady-White Boats Recognized with 2021 STEP Ahead Award Honoring Outstanding Women in Manufacturing
GREENVILLE, NC The Manufacturing Institute announced yesterday, Jill Carraway, Vice President
of Finance at Grady-White Boats, as one of their Outstanding Women in Manufacturing, with the
presentation of their prestigious 2021 STEP Ahead Award. The official award ceremony will take place
at their Annual Gala in Washington, DC, on November 4, 2021.
The STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production) Ahead initiative celebrates women in
the manufacturing industry by highlighting their achievements on a national stage. The program’s
objective, to narrow the gender gap in manufacturing, began in 2012 with its first award presentation.
Since that time, it has honored more than 1,000 exceptional women in the manufacturing sector.
A pioneer among women engineers in marine manufacturing, and in building more female leaders
within Grady-White Boats, makes Carraway an exemplary model of what STEP Ahead is all about.
“Companies across the U.S. agree there is a talent shortage in manufacturing. Through the STEP Ahead
Awards, we hope to take another step toward closing this gap by highlighting the stories of successful
women in manufacturing and giving them a platform to encourage other women to join the industry and
be role models for the next generation,” said Manufacturing Institute Executive Director, Carolyn Lee.
“The women being honored demonstrate what modern manufacturing careers are all about: making an
impact in their communities with meaningful careers that offer significant opportunities for growth.”
In 1984, Carraway started her long and successful career with Grady-White Boats as an Industrial
Engineer. She moved to Product Engineering in 1990, where over a five-year period she applied her
planning and execution skills toward the company’s introduction of 12 new models. Other notable
contributions include the creation of a pay-evaluation-by-position system which increased employee
retention and work effectiveness, and Technical and Emotional Intelligence training which positively
impacted employee satisfaction in her department. That led to her promotion as Director of Human
Resources, prior to being named Vice President of Finance in 2006, a role she continues today.
“Jill is a mentor to many at Grady-White, including young women who are now leaders in the
company,” notes Shelley Tubaugh, Vice President of Marketing. “She has mentored me and many
others during her 35-year career here, providing valuable feedback and words of encouragement with
great integrity. She has a vast understanding of what it takes to be successful at work and beyond, and
wants to share it with others.”
Outside of the company, Jill tirelessly gives of her time to positively impact lives by serving on
numerous boards. Her efforts have helped transform lives of at-risk students in the schools, as well as
those in job-readiness programs. Through her preparation and mentoring, she has introduced the skills
she’s mastered to others. Jill is also dedicated to her family and has served her church on various
committees, as a Sunday School teacher, and participates in dramatic presentations and the choir.
Kris Carroll, President, and Shelley Tubaugh, Vice President of Marketing, of Grady-White, have also
been honored with the STEP Ahead Award, emphasizing the company’s initiative in promoting women
in the organization. Grady-White Boats was founded in 1959, and has been privately held by National
Marine Manufacturer’s Association Hall of Fame Award winner, Eddie Smith, since 1968, and led since
1993 by Carroll, a 45-year team member and also an NMMA Hall of Fame Award winner. The
company currently builds 25 premium offshore sportfishing boat models of the highest quality, ranging
from 18 to 45 feet. With their team of dedicated employees, Grady-White has been recognized at the
top of every third-party study of customer satisfaction in the marine industry ever done, including all
eight Highest in Customer Satisfaction awards in their segment from J.D. Power and Associates, and 19
consecutive National Marine Manufacturers Association Customer Satisfaction Index awards. Grady-White welcomes you to visit their innovative facility where their passionate craftspeople achieve uncompromising excellence through exceptional attention to detail.