Greg retired in April 2007 from Tyson Foods, Inc. after 27 years of service. He retired as Chief Administrative Officer and President of Tyson Foods International. He joined Tyson in 1980 as a regional sales manager in the foodservice division and rose progressively through the ranks in sales, marketing, operations, and general management both domestically and internationally. He served as Chief Operating Officer of the company when IBP was acquired in 2001, then Co-Chief Operating Officer until 2003 when he became Chief Administrative Officer and International President. Before his career with Tyson, Greg spent two years with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in management training and nine years with Swift and Company.
Greg was an active leader in various trade groups associated with his career. He served on the boards of Tyson De Mexico and Cobb Vantress, Inc. He also served on the boards and chaired the National Chicken Council and the International Foodservice Manufacturer Association. Greg is a former member of the boards of the National Frozen Food Association, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, and Specialty Brands, Inc.
His community involvement is diverse and meaningful. He serves on the boards of the Fayetteville Public Educational Foundation, and is an Ambassador for the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. Greg is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Business Council where he serves on the Executive Committee. He serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, the U of A’s 2010 Commission, the U of A Board of Advisors, and is chair of the board for the U of A Technology Development Foundation. Greg is a member of the boards of Signature Bank of Arkansas, Virtual Incubation Company, and the Washington Regional Medical System.
Greg and his wife of 43 years, Hannah, were inducted into the Towers of Old Main in 2005. They were honored in 2008 as Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year by the NWA Association of Fundraising Professionals. Greg was the 2008 U of A Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter Honoree. In 2009, he was inducted into the Fayetteville Public Schools Hall of Honor. Greg also received the 2009 Walton Business College Lifetime Achievement Award.