Wes Carter is featured on Business North Carolina’s 2022 Power List.
The magazine creates its annual report on the state’s most influential leaders by seeking nominations, talking with sources, doing research, and referencing their coverage of North Carolina’s business community.
Wes is featured in the manufacturing section of the 2022 Power List. 17% of North Carolina’s economy is represented by companies that make products. These businesses employee approximately 450,000 workers.
The people on the Power List shared their thoughts on early morning routines, keys to success, favorite hobbies, great hangouts, and restaurants.
Wes Carter’s Contribution to the 2022 Power List:
Carter, 43, started sweeping floors at age 14 at the company founded by his grandfather. The UNC-Chapel Hill graduate and his father, Rusty, who is CEO, lead a company that employs 1,000 at 18 locations in the United States and the Caribbean.
Pre-workday motivation: Around 5 a.m. I spend time in reflection and meditation, followed by a sauna and cold plunge routine. I take one of our two kids to school most days and provide a rock-and-roll education on that ride. It’s one of the highlights of my day.
Key to industry success: Creativity and collaboration. At Atlantic Packaging, we are focused on creating solutions for our customers, and that almost always requires creative thinking. Those organizations don’t need just another commodity broker.
They need support from companies willing to understand their challenges and create comprehensive programs.
Three people to share a meal: Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and the Dalai Lama.
Proud family accomplishment: Our courage and humility. My father, Rusty, and grandfather, Horace Carter, have had immense success in their lives, both overcoming many obstacles. Both men set the example of what it means to be a humble warrior and a compassionate leader.
Favorite hobby: Surfing, skiing, fishing, hunting, hiking, climbing, or just sitting under a tree. Sharing that with my wife and kids is a great joy for me.
Where to entertain a visitor: The south end of Wrightsville Beach on my parent’s porch looking out across Masonboro Inlet.