Our GB Nation Board of Trustees
Nicholas L. Gregory, ChFE , CEBA, ChCCA - CEO of The Financial Engineering Institute
Nicholas L. Gregory is also President and CEO of The Financial Engineering Institute, LLC; the governing body and grantor of the professional designation, Chartered Financial Engineer. He is dedicated to providing quality financial education, training, marketing, coaching and advanced case design for the financial services, accounting, legal and non-profit communities. Mr. Gregory is also President of The Charitable Capital Design Center, LLC, an organization which assists both financial professionals and charitable organizations in enhancing their planned giving capabilities. In 2016, his firm’s 37 offices across the country and over 4,700 participated financial advisors, accountants and attorneys were directly involved in more than $331,000,000 in planned gifts; benefiting both their clients and over 381 selected non-profits. Nick, his son, Kyle, and several other entrepreneurial philanthropists are using their past experiences and successes to make our organization the number one resource for giving in the Nation.
Mr. Gregory holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Ball State University with minors in Economics and Finance. Mr. Gregory is a member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and The Financial Engineering Institute.
Kyle C. Gregory, ChCCA - President of Give Back Nation
Kyle Gregory has held management positions with UPS, Lowes and The Bank of New York Mellon. Using his vast array of management experience and dedication to “giving back”, Kyle, his father, Nick, and several other entrepreneurial philanthropists spent more than five years in planning the launch of Give Back Nation.
Kyle’s mission is to help great causes expand their fight while creating a “circle of winning” within communities across the nation. Kyle received his bachelors degree in Business Management from the University of Central Florida.
John Michel, Founder and CEO of Circle Black, LLC
Prior to founding Circle Black, a 360° advisory technology platform, John served as the President of Bloomberg Wealth, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bloomberg L.P. His 25 years within the financial services arena includes 13 years at Merrill Lynch where he spearheaded initiatives including the development of Merrill Lynch Direct, known today as Merrill Edge. Following Merrill Lynch, Michel built and eventually sold Bullrun Financial, Inc., a financial services technology company. John has been featured in CNBC, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and Investment News. Michel earned an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University after serving as a captain in the U.S. Army. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Eric Knauss — Chief Executive Officer of Proteus, LLC
Eric heads up Proteus, an integrated technology alternative asset solutions platform built to eliminate the inefficiencies of private investments for investors, advisors and family offices. Beginning his extensive career with Merrill Lynch over 32 years ago, Eric spent more than 11 years at T. Rowe Price where he established and managed the firm’s Private Client Group and was Chairman of the firm’s After-Tax Asset Allocation Committee. Eric then worked for the multi-family office, Spruce Private Investors and moved on to GenSpring Family Offices as a lead investment professional. Eric then developed a holistic, open-architecture wealth advisory platform for Lazard Wealth Management as its Director of Client Relationship Management Group and was Managing Partner of both Portfolio Management and Wealth Advisory at Deltec Wealth Management.
Derek Craig, MBA, CPIM, LSC, CSSGB — Director of Global Perfect Execution of Emerson Process Management
Derek has years of Fortune 500 experience in the Shipping, Logistics and Manufacturing industries at UPS, SPX Corporation and Emerson. His successes in Operations Management, Lean Enterprise implementation and Operational Improvements have taken him across the globe; resulting in millions of dollars of hard savings for his companies. Derek holds certifications in Lean, Six Sigma, and Production and Inventory Management (CPIM). Mr. Craig holds an Industrial Engineering Degree from the University of Central Florida and a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University.
Joel Thomas — President of Stratos Jet Charters
Joel Thomas is the Founder and President of Stratos Jet Charters. Stratos Jet Charters has grown into one of the nation's most respected air charter agencies. He has served on the board of the Air Charter Association of North America as President, as Vice President and is the current Chairman. Mr. Thomas has been called on repeatedly to represent the air charter brokerage industry, from ACANA panel discussions to speaking at several key events. Joel has also contributed to numerous articles that have been published by the Air Charter Journal, NATA’s Aviation Business Magazine, Business Jet Traveler and the Gallery Magazine.