General E. Gray Payne


General E. Gray Payne was appointed to the board of directors in January 2017. General Payne served as Senior Vice President of The Columbia Group (“TCG”), since September 2010 to September 2017, where he has been responsible for managing the Marine Corps Programs Division (since September 2010) and the Navy Programs Division (since October 2013), with combined annual revenue of approximately $30 million. TCG is a federal consulting firm working with the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, NOAA and private clients. TCG consults in the areas of logistics, acquisitions, program management, information technology, training, marine architecture and engineering, and command and control systems. Since December 2011, General Payne has also provided consulting services to and served on the Advisory Council of Marstel-Day, LLC, located in Fredericksburg, Virginia, which consults in the areas of conservation, environmental compliance, and encroachment. Prior to September 2010, General Payne was on active duty with the Marine Corps for 10 years, retiring as a Major General. Prior to March 2001, he worked with a number of companies in various capacities, including as a management consultant, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer. General Payne currently serves on the following non-profit boards: The Marine Corps Association & Foundation (since 2005), where he serves as Chairman of the Board of The Marine Corps Association, and VetCV (since December 2017). He received a BS in Economics from North Carolina State University and a MS in Strategic Studies from U.S. Army War College.