The American Council of Engineering Companies of Mississippi (ACEC-MS) has announced Wiley “Craig” Carter as its new Executive Director. During his 33-year career in marketing and public relations, Carter has specialized in building relationships, designing marketing strategies and navigating politics in Mississippi.

“I was attracted to the position because of the organization’s professionalism which has been lead so wonderfully by Judy Adams for the past 24 years, and ACEC’s ability to successfully protect and enhance the engineering profession,” Carter said. “I feel so blessed and honored, and have a deep sense of gratitude to be chosen for such a challenging position. ACEC offers an exciting opportunity for me to apply the knowledge I’ve gained over the years to the organization’s future endeavors in Mississippi.”

Prior to joining ACES-MS, Carter served as Assistant to Commissioner Dick Hall, chair of the Mississippi Transportation Commission. He owned Carter Consulting, a full-service, integrated marketing agency, and was the Marketing Director at Burns Cooley Dennis, Inc. Carter worked on the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga., and has worked on various political campaigns. He served eight years on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., as Deputy Director of Radio Services at the Republican National Committee, Field Coordinator at the National Republican Senatorial Committee and Doorkeeper at the Office of the U.S. Senate Sergeant-at-Arms.

Carter is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications. He is a resident of Gluckstadt and has two children, Chloe, 14, and Wiley, 11. He and his family are members of Pinelake Church in Gluckstadt. He enjoys watching his children participate in sports, attending Mississippi State University sporting events and being the play-by-play announcer for Germantown High School’s live football broadcasts.