Carder spent several years in the U. S. Marine Corps, serving
as a Rifle Platoon Commander, Battalion Liaison Officer, and Force Reconnaissance
Platoon Commander, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. He graduated from the 503rd
Airborne School in Okinawa, Japan in 1963, was promoted to Major in 1966, and
transferred to Retired Status (USMCR) in 1967.
From 1990 until his 1998 retirement, Mr.
Carder was President of Vulcan Lands, Inc., a subsidiary of Vulcan Materials
Company. He came to Vulcan in 1977 as Vice President, International Division,
and from 1982 through 1989 was Executive Vice President and General Manager
of Vulcan's Middle East Division. Before moving to Birmingham, he served simultaneously
as Vice President of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. and President of Wailea Land
Company, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and earlier as Group Vice President of International
Basic Economy Corporation (IBEC) in New York City and President of IBEC Housing
International, Inc., in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Mr. Carder's civic and professional associations
have included: President, Better Business Bureau of Puerto Rico; President,
Zoological Society of Honolulu, Hawaii; President, Kiwanis Club of Birmingham;
President, The Birmingham Festival of Arts Association, Inc.; Director and Trustee,
Birmingham Metropolitan YMCA; Director, Birmingham Football Foundation, Inc.;
Advisory Council, UAB Center for International Programs; Trustee, Civic Club
Foundation, Inc. ; Advisory Board, The Salvation Army; Alabama District Export
Council, U. S. Department of Commerce; The Newcomer Society of the United States;
Trustee, Marine Corps University Foundation, Inc.; Faculty Fellow and Chairman,
The Norton Board of Advisors, Birmingham-Southern College. In 1997, Birmingham-Southern
awarded Mr. Carder the Medal of Service.
Mr. Carder is a Past Chairman of the Birmingham
Committee on Foreign Relations, and continues to serve on the Committee's Board
of Directors. Carder currently serves on the Executive Committee of the American
Committees on Foreign Relations (ACFR) in Washington, D.C., and recently chaired
the development committee for ACFR's new Board of Distinguished Advisors.