2013-2014 Leadership Team
John M. Lewis
Chief Executive Officer
Chair, Leadership Orlando Class 87
John M. Lewis is the Chief Executive Officer of LYNX, the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority. This regional transportation system has an operational coverage of more than 2500 square miles serving in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.
Prior to joining LYNX, Mr. Lewis served as the CEO of the Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC). During Mr. Lewis tenure with the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Lewis held a series of progressively important management positions including Director of Rail Operations and Director of Bus Operations.
Lewis currently holds the following leadership positions:
• Chair, Leadership APTA Committee, November 2011 – Present
• Board Member, National Training Institute, January 2008 – Present
• Board Member, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials 2011 - Present
Lewis has served on the Virginia Governor's Energy Policy Advisory Council; the Governor's Transportation Equity and Efficiency Commission; and was the President of the Maryland Chapter, National Forum of Black Public Administrators.
Under his leadership, GRTC was awarded the American Public Transportation Association's System of the Year. While serving at MTA, Lewis implemented safety operational initiatives that are still being used at MTA today.
Currently at LYNX, Lewis is overseeing two design/build projects for the expansion of Orlando's LYMMO Bus Rapid Transit Line and managing three additional Alternatives Analysis Studies for the192 Corridor in Osceola County, Route 50 Corridor in Orange County, and the final segment of the LYMMO study (North/South alignment). Lynx is also working diligently to provide feeder service to region's first commuter rail line, SunRail.
Lewis graduated from Allegheny College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Chair, Leadership Orlando Class 88
A self-described accidental entrepreneur and Unconventional CEOTM, Carol Craig is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Craig Technologies, headquartered in Cape Canaveral, FL. Growing Craig Technologies from one person in 1999 to nearly 400 associates and $42M in revenues today, Craig leads nationwide operations with employees in over 20 different states with offices in Huntsville, AL and Orlando, FL.
Craig Technologies was listed as one of Florida's Best Companies to Work For in 2011 and 2013 by Florida Trend magazine. As CEO, Carol oversees corporate operations to ensure quality service-delivery for her commercial and government customers, offering high-end custom engineering and technical support services
In January of 2013, she opened the 160,000 sq ft Craig Technologies Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing Center and currently provides end-to-end solutions for prototype development and production of precision manufacturing orders with precision machining and fabrication, avionics laboratory services, specialty manufacturing, and test and evaluation capabilities.
Craig's military experience includes active duty as a 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 Science Engineering from the University of Illinois, and an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Ms. Craig is pursuing a PhD in Systems Engineering at Florida Tech in Melbourne, FL.
In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Craig was recognized as a Finalist in the Technology category for the Florida region for the Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year Award," the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs.
Carol serves on the Dean's Advisory Board for University of Central Florida's College of Engineering, and serves on the University of Central Florida Foundation Board of Directors and Development Committee. Ms. Craig also serves on numerous community boards and was recently appointed to the Boards of Directors of Orlando, Inc., the Florida HighTech Corridor Council and Enterprise Florida.
Carol and her husband, CAPT John W. Craig, USN, a former F/A-18 pilot who now flies for JetBlue Airways and is a Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (NEPLO), have two children. In response to her son's diagnosis with Prader-Willi Syndrome in 2001, Carol is Founder of the Danny Craig Foundation, aiming to raise and administer funds for multiple organizations that focus on researching children's medical disorders.
Market President, Central Florida
Chair, Leadership Orlando Class 89
Tony Jenkins is the Market President for Central and Northwest Florida.In his appointed role as Market President, Tony is instrumental in leading both of these regions in developing a business plan to increase and retain membership, enhance brand visibility and coordinate employee engagement.
Prior to BCBSF, Jenkins served as Director of Diversity for CSX Corporation, the largest rail network in the eastern United States. Before joining CSX, Jenkins spent 18 years with the Walt Disney World Company in various management roles.
Tony is very active in the Orlando Community. He is the past Chair for United Arts of Central Florida and the Chair for Florida Institute for Community Studies. He also currently serves on the Boards of the Central Florida Partnership, Orlando Economic Development Commission and Florida Citrus Sports.
Tony was recognized by the Orlando Business Journal as one of Central Florida's Top 10 Business Men to Watch and was recently elected to be a Board Trustee at Stetson University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management from Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA.
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