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Women of Achievement – Lynn Carter

Lynn Carter
Southeast Cherokee Construction Company

During Lynn Carter’s 32-year career at Southeast Cherokee Construction, she has held every administrative position in the company. Carter went to work at the company founded by her mother, Annie Jean Matthews, once she graduated from Auburn University Montgomery with a degree in business administration. Two years later, her mother passed away, and Carter immediately became the company’s president and majority stockholder. She later became the sole stockholder and has spent her time strengthening the company’s reputation as a dependable heavy construction company, as well as growing the business by entering new markets and expanding existing services.

Carter also serves the community through work on Auburn University of Montgomery’s College of Business advisory board, and as a member of the Air University Foundation’s board of trustees, the Montgomery Chamber’s Montgomery Area Committee of 100, the Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle, and the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce. She was one of the organizing members of River Bank and Trust’s board of directors and still serves on the board today.

She says, “As the owner of a woman-owned small business, being selected as a Woman of Achievement is a humbling honor. This personal recognition of achievement is a reminder of how far I’ve come in a male-dominated industry. There have been thousands of days spent in the dust, mud and ditches, standing on the side of state highways during roadway widening projects, climbing scaffolds to roof tops, and job site visits in unconditioned buildings. I’ve also been able to participate in memorable events like climbing to the top of a NASA test stand, standing on a pier next to an aircraft carrier, constructing the second paint booth in the U.S. for F-22 fighter jets, and renovating the historic Maxwell Library. This recognition is a testament to how blessed I have been and continue to be.”

Carter enjoys outdoor activities including vegetable and herb gardening, family time spent fishing and at the pool, and tailgating at Auburn football games. She and her husband have five children and six grandchildren, with another grandchild on the way in July.



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