Gregory’s business practice is rooted in three interrelated principles:

People First – he places his client’s needs at the center of every decision, process, and conversation – doing business by putting people first. 

Human Centered Design – thinking about and doing business from the client’s perspective. Gregory holds multiple certifications in Human Centered Design and Usability.

Simplicity – committed to remaining focused on the client’s goals, avoiding complications, maximizing efficiencies, minimizing delays and distractions, and lowering costs.


Universities & Degrees

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Loyola Institute
Ph.D. Philosophy – 1995

International Academy of Philosophy, Schaan, Liechtenstein
M.Phil in Philosophy & Political Economy – 1992

Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio
BA in Politics, Theology, & Philosophy – 1990

His research and interests include social philosophy, personalism and philosophy of the human person, natural law ethics, ecology, cultural criticism and theory, and political economy.

Theological Certificates

Comprehensive Jewish Studies
Darshan Yeshiva – 2020

Spiritual Ecology
All Hallows College, Dublin, Ireland – 1994

University Teaching

Asst. Professor of Philosophy 1994 to 1996
Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, Pennsylvania

Taught ethics, critical reasoning, and introduction to philosophy courses for undergraduates.

Instructor of Philosophy
1992 to 1999
Milltown Institute of Theology & Philosophy, Dublin, Ireland

Taught ethics, social philosophy, and philosophy of the human person to undergraduate and graduate students.


Real Estate Licenses

Real Estate Sales License – State of Michigan, 2014

Instructor of Real Estate Licensing & Education – State of Michigan, 2016



Usability Analyst
Human Factors International – 2014

Digital Copywriter
Mediabistro, New York – 2013


Fundamentals of Human Centered Design
IDEO.org – 2016

Human Centered Design I
Michigan State University – 2012


Professional Resume Writing (MRW)
Career Thought Leaders – 2018


Amway Corporation – 2004-2014
Digital Marketing/Web Editor
Gregory served as a lead member on Amway’s UI/UX core team engaged in all aspects of online marketing for various multi-million dollar product lines and creating effective digital business tools and experiences for Amway Business Owners.

Summit Training Source – 1999-2004
Communications Director
Summit produces online environmental, health, and safety employee training programs to Fortune 500 companies. As Communications Director, Gregory developed marketing strategy and sales content. He also wrote proposals, trade articles, and white papers on industry issues.



Originally from New York City, Gregory has called the Grand Rapids area home since 1995. Prior to Grand Rapids, Gregory studied for his undergraduate degree in Ohio, followed by five and half years of graduate school in Europe. He also lived for many summers in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Gregory has volunteered at Kid’s Food Basket, ICCF, and at various animal shelters and rescues.

A member of Temple Emanuel, Gregory has served on the board of trustees and has been active in adult education and hospitality efforts.

An educator, writer, author – he’s a board member and featured writer for the Spiritual Naturalist Society.


Motivated by a desire for authentic community and convinced that people working together can bring about lasting, positive social change, Gregory fosters vibrant, sustained conversations on local issues and creates social opportunities across various communities and organizations.

Dedicated to affirming the dignity of all persons, Gregory works towards an inclusive community where all may participate fully in every aspect of social, cultural, and economic life. Gregory served on the board of directors of the Grand Rapids LGBT Network throughout the late 1990s, and was a co-founder and board member of Hinges, an LGBT professional networking organization, through the early 2000s. From 2010-2015, he was actively involved with Michigan for Marriage and Equality Michigan to help bring about same-sex marriage in Michigan and across the United States. Today, Gregory remains engaged in Fair Housing issues.

Gregory has a passion for animal welfare. How humans treat animals reflects deeply on the health of our culture and our souls. He is a pet owner and volunteers at some of the area shelters and rescues. He also advocates for improving the conditions and well-being of animals in factory farming operations.

An educator, speaker, author, blogger – he’s the co-founder of The Sunday Afternoon Dinner Club, an experiment connecting people over food and ideas.

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Embracing one’s wholeness makes life more demanding – because once you do that, you must live that integrity. We must let our life speak, informing us of who we are, and gladly telling others the same. Our power is in being fully ourselves.

– Parker Palmer, Let your Life Speak
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