Check here often for updates about various ﬁsheries and waterways conservation eﬀorts for which Grady-White and Grady-White owners and associates are active.
Each year, the North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF) presents the prestigious Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards to honor those who have exhibited an unwavering commitment to conservation in North Carolina.
Fisheries conservation, including the very best practices in all outdoor sporting activity, are lifelong principles of Eddie Smith, Grady-White’s CEO and owner. Over the years, with his guidance and philanthropy, these best practices have become an important part of the Grady-White brand.
Dr. Kennedy Paynter is one of the world’s preeminent scientists monitoring and studying the positive effects of healthy oyster population on fisheries, fisheries habitats, and water quality–especially in the Chesapeake Bay. He’s also the proud owner of Callinectes, a Grady-White Express 360.
Eddie Smith, the owner and CEO of Grady-White Boats, grew up in the central foothills of North Carolina, and from an early age he and his father, Eddie Sr. (”George”), shared a love of the outdoors–especially ﬁshing and hunting.
Part of the appeal to the Smith family of purchasing the company in 1968 was the fact that Grady-White was already known as a manufacturer of a tough, safe, well-built boat for the open waters. Certainly, here was a solid legacy to build upon! From the outset, Eddie “got it,” understanding the very special connection between boating and ﬁshing, and as Grady-White developed products for the long-term prosperity of the company, it was clear to Eddie that, from the standpoint of both his heart and his business, the company should set an industry example in encouraging and supporting the future health of ﬁsheries and waterways. Eddie shared his convictions and values with his enthusiastic and passionate management team. In fact, in 2012 Grady-White President Kris Carroll was the ﬁrst recipient of the Center for Coastal Conservation Eddie Smith Award, given yearly by the organization to those in the recreational boating and ﬁshing industry who recognize “...that conservation of America's ﬁshery resources is a vital part of the business.” Thus, as technology and boat model features developed over the years, and as the company prospered more and more, the enthusiasm for sportsmanship, clean waterways and ﬁshing became a hallmark. The continued zeal for the future of outdoor recreation and conservation throughout Grady-White became something that truly sets the brand apart, and today is an ingrained part of the company culture and its products
GRADY-WHITE BOATS IS PROUD TO SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS