E. Gray Payne, Major General USMC (Ret)


E. Gray Payne, Major General, USMC (Ret) has served as a member of our Board of Directors since January 2017 and brings over forty years of leadership experience, both in the military and in the private sector. His Marine Corps experience included eight commands ranging in size from the company level to a Marine Logistics Group, consisting of over 9,600 Marines and Sailors. He also served as Commanding General of the Marine Logistics Command and as Director of Facilities and Services for the Marine Corps, responsible for 28 installations and an annual budget exceeding $5.5 billion. His experience in the private sector includes eighteen years as a management consultant working with over two hundred clients in the areas of financial management, operational improvement, organizational development, strategic planning, and mergers and acquisitions. Positions held include Director of Marketing, Division Head, COO, CFO, President and CEO of various companies ranging in size from $2.5 million to $100 million in annual revenue. He is a prior Chairman of the Board of the Marine Corps Association and Foundation, and currently serves as a Director on the Boards of FG Financial Group, Inc., VetCV, and the National Wildlife Refuge Association. General Payne received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from North Carolina State University and a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College. A member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, he has also earned the Professional Director designation from the American College of Corporate Directors.