Greg has spent his career growing businesses by not shying away from solving difficult problems. After graduating with high honors from Princeton University in 1991 with a degree in economics, he founded Environmental Lighting Concepts, which designed and installed energy-efficient lighting systems for commercial and industrial companies. In just four years time, he built the company into a multimillion-dollar thriving business with over 120 employees before selling a majority of the company to Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L).
Following the sale, Greg was put in charge of KCP&L’s energy services business, and over the next six years developed and executed a strategy that grew the business over twenty-fold.
With those successful early years as a template, Greg continued to hone his entrepreneurial instincts by co-founding the private equity firm Denali Partners. He later took the reins as Managing Member of Exemplar Holdings LLC, which now oversees stakes in a half-dozen innovative companies.
More recently, Greg has focused on turning around troubled companies. In 2012, Greg formed Combat Brands, LLC to acquire the assets of Ringside, Inc., a Kansas-based sporting goods company in operation for over thirty years. The business was on the brink of failure before Greg took it over. And today, Combat Brands is thriving and creating jobs and opportunities right here in Kansas.