Education, Honors, and Leadership
Greg received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science graduating Cum Laude at the University of South Carolina. Greg began his political and leadership experience early. He served as a Legislative Legal Intern for the South Carolina House of Representatives' Education and Public Works Committee during his junior and senior years. Also, he worked with the South Carolina Senate and Governor's Office. He continued his education in Computer Science with a Continuing Education Certificate. Greg is a Microsoft Master Instructor having achieved expert status in the Microsoft Office User Specialist program and the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist Insturctor program. He is an A+ Certified computer technician and trainer. He is a Microsoft Certified Computer Technical Trainer and a CompTIA CTT+ Technology Trainer.
The University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) awarded Greg and his Microsoft Office programs as the Top Non-credit Continuiuing Education Courses for the Southern Region in 2007. In 2009, The Association of Continuing Higher Edcuation honored Greg with the Outstanding Faculty Award for his work at Emory University's Center for Lifelong Learning. AT&T awarded Greg honors for his diversity leadership and his work in compensation and human resources management. Other organizations have awarded Greg honors for his volunteer work and leadership of committees.
Greg has served as President, Chair, Co-Chair, and other leadership positions for Nonprofit organizations, civic, business, and diversity councils. He served as the President of the Pine Lake Association of Involved Niehgbors (PLAIN) for 18 months. In 2007, the citizens of Pine Lake honored Greg with his election to the City Council where he continues to serve as a Councilmember and also is the Neighborhood Watch Co-Chair and supports his village with many volunteer efforts.
Greg worked in the corporate world (Southern Bell/AT&T)for more than seventeen years in various positions starting with Stenogropher Clerk and finishing with Branch Operations Manager. Greg worked in clerical and administrative functions in a union environment before being promoted to management. He has worked in sales support, customer satisfaction, human resources, compensation specialist/manager, and results tracking management positions. Through ten years experience in compensation and business results, AT&T awarded Greg with various honors, including Leadership Council. He served as a pianist, motivational speaker and comedian at corporate functions, meetings, and conferences for AT&T and external clients. He spent most of his time in Sales and Marketing Divisions.
Greg accepted an early retirement offer to persue is dream of being speaker, educator, and entertainer in one. His passion for technology and experience in the Microsoft Office Suite allowed him to write his own materials based on experience and relevance. Rather than a technical person writing to a business manager, Greg writes for a fellow business manager in easy to apply technical terms. This enables Greg's courses to have more value and increased retention. Clients are able to immediately apply learning to their day-to-day operations in Microsoft Office. Productivity and enjoyment both increase because of Greg's teaching style and strong content. His humorous presentations are funny, musical, but with a message and relevance. Clients and Greg enjoy the combination of humor, learning, and business results.
Greg received the Best Actor in a Supporting Role Award at Southside Theatre Guild for Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He has acted in over 20 productions both community and semi-professional theatre. Greg began his stand-up comedy avocation in 1987 and presented sold out shows at local Atlanta Comedy clubs in 1988 and 1989. He transforms his technology training and humorous speaking into theatrical events that keep the students and audience engaged and awake. When he teaches PowerPoint and presentation skills classes, his theatre experience and drama education help clients present a more entertaining and memorable learning event.
Greg began his piano playing at the age of 8 and continues to this day. He received music scholarships and has studied piano throughout his life. He plays for events, corporate functions, and inspires others with his humor at the piano. Currently, he has two Compact Discs available - a pop/standard piano solo CD and a holiday CD. He uses his piano in his unique presentations. Please click to hear some of Greg's piano solo works.