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Gregory’s drive and commitment to detail has served him well as the founder and current Chairman of Smith Salley. His dedication to his clients’ long-term success is second to none and sets the tone for the firm. Prior to starting Smith Salley, Gregory was a portfolio manager at Franklin Street Partners in Chapel Hill where he gained experience in portfolio management and equity research having co-managed the Franklin Street Trust Small Cap Fund and provided research for the Core Equity Fund.

Gregory was raised in Greensboro and graduated from the Greensboro Day School. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance from North Carolina State University and later earned an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gregory is an avid outdoorsman, having previously served as president of the Triad chapter and at the State level of Coastal Conservation Association. He enjoys spending time with his wife Janet and two daughters at the NC coast.