ABOUT GREGORY


BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY


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

People First – placing the client’s needs at the center of every decision, process, and conversation. 

Human Centered Design – shaping the business process from the client’s perspective. Gregory holds certifications in Human Centered Design and Usability.

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

EDUCATION


Universities & Degrees


Trinit
y 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 areas of study and interest include social philosophy, personalism and philosophy of the human person, virtue and natural law ethics, naturalism, cultural criticism and theory, and political economy.


University Teaching

Asst. Professor of Philosophy 1995 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.

RELIGIOUS ENGAGEMENT


Gregory is engaged with Celtic and nature-based spirituality from a religious naturalist perspective.

He’s active with several organizations promoting Religious Naturalism.

He serves on the governing council for the Spiritual Naturalist Society, where he is also a featured writer. He is also a member of the Religious Naturalist Association and a supporter of the Animas Valley Institute.

Locally, he is a founding member of Nourish – A Grand Rapids area experiment in organic, diverse, authentic spiritual community.

You can read more at A Spirituality of Nature.

PROFESSIONAL


REAL ESTATE

Real Estate Sales License – State of Michigan, 2014

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


CAREER

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.
amway.com

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.
summit.hsi.org


CERTIFICATIONS

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

PERSONAL


Originally from New York City, Gregory has called the Grand Rapids area home since 1995.

He has taught and volunteered at the Inner City Christian Federation a nonprofit housing corporation whose leadership is motivated by, and programs shaped by, its belief that all people deserve safe, clean, affordable housing.

Gregory has a passion for animal welfare. He volunteers at some of the area shelters and rescues. He’s a member and supporter of Mercy for Animals, a national organization that advocates for improving the conditions and well-being of animals in factory farming operations.

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 a variety of Fair Housing issues.

CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT


Gregory has strong ties with Ireland. In addition to his Irish heritage, Gregory lived in Ireland for four years in the early 1990s.

Currently, he’s enrolled in the Irish Studies online program at University College Galway (NUI) with an expected completion in 2023. 

He is member and supporter of The Irish American Heritage Center, The Celtic League, and the American Irish Historical Society.

Gregory also dabbles in learning Irish and family genealogy research.

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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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