Hunter named vice president of engineering at Grady-White Boats


Grady-White Boats has announced the promotion of Joe Hunter to vice president of engineering.

Hunter joined the Grady-White engineering team in 1988, after graduation from North Carolina State University with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. He was promoted in 2004 to his most recent leadership position as the engineering manager and has been directing the engineering department since the retirement of Vice President of Engineering David Neese in December 2019.

In announcing the promotion, President Kris Carroll said, “Joe has played a significant role in Grady-White’s award-winning product design over the past 33 years. His extensive experience, personal passion and strong leadership will continue to strengthen our product development endeavors for years to come.”

“I am humbled and honored, and most of all, excited to have the opportunity to provide strategies and leadership for our passionate engineering team,” Hunter said. “I look forward to serving our exceptional, award-winning company and our customers by continuing to contribute to our long-standing tradition of innovative and superbly-engineered boats.”

Hunter grew up in Lenoir County and lives in Kinston with his wife, Dawn. They have three grown children: daughter Jamie and sons Joseph and Jacob.

Founded in 1959, and privately held by Eddie Smith since 1968, Grady-White Boats builds 25 models of premium offshore outboard fishing boats from 18 feet to 45 feet. Grady-White Boats has been recognized for top-ranking excellence in customer satisfaction in every third-party study ever done in the marine industry including the 19th consecutive National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) CSI Award for excellence in customer satisfaction awarded in 2021.

Personal factory tours with guided explanations of the Grady-White boatbuilding process are available by calling 752-2111. Grady-White’s factory is located at 5121 Martin Luther King Jr. Highway in Greenville. Visit for more information.


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