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Dr. Will Gray

Dr. Will Gray

Will Gray

Will is a growth, marketing, and strategy specialist. He’s also been an entrepreneur since the age of 8, when he dug seams of clay out of a creek, packed them in Ziploc bags and carried them around the neighborhood in his Radio Flyer wagon until he had sold every one.

His work as a growth strategist, writer, and creative director has allowed him to work alongside more than 150 leadership teams across many different industries. During that time, he’s been honored to win many local, national, and even international awards for his work.

Will is experienced in all the specifics of marketing (advertising, websites / SEO, branding, sales collateral, video, loyalty programs, social media, email / mail marketing, customer experience design, etc).

But he’s especially gifted at identifying the most effective growth strategy for a business and then empowering an existing team to bring it to life.

He’s passionate about seeing teams thrive. He also gets a huge kick out of business leaders experiencing new bursts of joy and success. His colleagues and clients frequently comment that he seems to have the superpower of bringing clarity to patches of business fog.

Will is an unashamed film lover, foodie, and champion of fantastic local businesses.


Education

Ph.D. in English, University of St Andrews

Advanced study at the Universities of Oxford and London

Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center

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Select Leadership Experience 

Director of Messaging, Fortis Riders

Creative Director, Worthwhile

Professor, Clemson University

Professor, University of St Andrews

Director of Digital Marketing, VantagePoint

Board Member: ACTA, Downtown Presbyterian Church Building Commission, The Park at Pendleton West HOA, Upstate Film Society, Upstate Visual Arts


 

Chris Cloud

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Chris is a growth, sales, and strategy specialist. He’s also been an entrepreneur since the age of 10 when he sold wild blackberries and apples from a stand in front of his house in Washington State.

He’s traveled to 48 U.S. states and lived in Nepal and Thailand along the way. Serving in three fast growing tech-related startups over the past 15 years has helped him appreciate the use of technology, but even more importantly the power of a unifying vision and a committed team. 

Chris has served multiple Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies both as a consultant and as a partner, and enjoys studying what makes organizations of any size great. He gets jazzed about helping organizations and individuals unlock their growth. And ‘jazzed’ is definitely one of his favorite words.

His most recent adventure was a 3-year stint in his birth country of Nepal where he established a non-profit organization and helped some amazing social businesses expand their reach and impact. 

On a good day you’ll find him running up a mountain or snowboarding down one.


Education

Business Degree with an emphasis in Marketing

Graduate studies in entrepreneurship and leadership through Wharton Business School and the University of Illinois

Graduate of Opportunity Greenville and Pacesetters

Certified Blue Ocean Strategist

How to Start a Startup (Y-Combinator)

Certified EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) implementer


Select Leadership Experience 

Founder and President of ACTA, a non-profit serving social businesses in the developing world

Engagement Executive at Worthwhile - a leading digital agency in the Southeast

Manager of Inside Sales at Level One (now RealPage)

Leadership at F3 Nation

Board member of Leaf Institute for Art and Vocation

Past: Chairman at GCC (business for good network), board member of Momentum Bike Clubs, marketing committee at PULSE, Sandler President's Club, Mentor at Miracle Hill, Volunteer at Food for Life, Run/Walk/Adopt Fundraising committee