In 2002, after 26 years with the company, Carriker retired as Vice Chairman of Teleflex Incorporated, a diversified $ 2.2 billion NYSE firm, initially growing Aerospace revenues from a few million to over $600 million, then as a corporate officer playing a key role in transforming Teleflex to a global provider of goods and services with over 130 operations in 21 countries.
Post Teleflex, Carriker served as CEO and Chairman of Indivers BV (the Netherlands), a private-venture fund focused on entrepreneurs, and as an advisor to OTB BV (the Netherlands), as well as to the Aerospace Industries Association Board of Governors. Further, he founded and remains active in Global Advisors LLC, providing counsel in the areas of technology assessment, start-ups, going global, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and business strategy.
Currently, Carriker is a professor and Director of Technology Entrepreneurship in the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship and is a School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems senior executive in residence; serves as a Trustee of the National Arts Program Foundation; is a director of The SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management, the Wharton School and an advising director of Glenthorne Capital.
Carriker holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Washington State University, Trinity College, and the University of Connecticut, respectively. His early career focused on the management of R&D and technology based start-ups. Prior to earning an MBA from the Harvard Business School, he founded Carriker and Associates, a consultancy assessing the viability of technology based innovations being brought to market.
Previously he was: director of Teleflex Incorporated; Selas Corporation of America; Laser Technology, Inc.; Heurchrome SA (France); Telair GmbH (Germany); Airfoil Technologies International (a General Electric joint venture); the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia; the Harvard Business School Club of Philadelphia; the Pennsylvania Innovation Network (PIN); the Entrepreneurship Center, Fordham Graduate School of Business; chairman of the Drexel University Center for the Plasma Processing of Materials Advisory Board; chairman of the PIN CEO Exchange and a member of the Temple Fox School of Business Enterprise Management Consulting Board. He was recognized as the Pennsylvania Innovation Network 1994 Entrepreneur of the Year for service to small enterprises.