October 17, 2017


David L. Carder

David Carder was born in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois in 1955, with a B. S. Degree in Political Science. In 1959, he received a Master of Arts Degree in International Affairs from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts.

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.



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