Leadership

Greg Gragg, CEO and Chairman
A 20-year veteran of the advertising, interactive and marketing industries, Greg Gragg worked for both large and small agencies prior to his founding of Gragg Advertising in 1992. Greg is a true pioneer in innovation and that has allowed him to expand his business development beyond Gragg Advertising. Today, Greg serves as CEO/Chairman of Blue Chair LLC, a holding company that focuses on mergers and acquisitions that empowers small businesses to thrive.

Leadership

Greg Gragg, CEO and Chairman

As Chairman and CEO of Blue Chair, LLC, Greg Gragg offers his clients over 30 years of business management experience through consulting and advisement.  A true entrepreneur, Greg started Gragg Advertising in 1992 and has spent the past 25 years growing his agency into one of the top companies in the Kansas City area.  Since that time, Greg has started four additional companies specializing in lead generation, compliance, consulting, and business services.  Through his years of experience in business leadership, Greg has had the opportunity to work with other business owners in an effort to improve their revenue outlook and grow their businesses.

Greg has also provided support to numerous non-profit organizations in the Kansas City area.  Not only does he offer his business expertise in marketing and business tactics, Greg continually strives to enrich the community through public service.  Each year Greg encourages his employees to get involved with several non-profits, ranging from the City Union Mission to the Boys and Girls Club.

Honors and Achievements: 

  • Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies, three-time honoree 
  • FTC Panelist on Lead Generation, October 2015 
  • Speaker at NAPEO Annual Conference, October 2012 
  • Presenter at APSCU Convention & Expo, June 2011, 2012, 2016
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, 2011, 2012
  • Ingram's 40 under Forty, 2002

Darryl Mattox, Partner

Darryl Mattox is one of the most trusted leaders in direct response marketing, with over two decades of experience. As President/COO of Gragg Advertising, a Premier Google Partner, he is driven to help brands play useful, positive roles in their customers’ lives.  

Under Darryl’s leadership the agency was honored among Kansas City’s Best Advertising Agencies in 2015 and recognized by Forbes as one of the world's "Top 100 Agencies that Know Social Media and Google”. Darryl continues to propel Gragg Advertising and its clients to the next level.

Honors and Achievements:

  • Best Marketing Agency of 2017, LeadsCouncil
  • 2016 Advertising Agency of the Year, American Business Awards
  • Ingram's Top 10 Fastest Growing Companies, 2009-2012
Mike Schuler, Partner

Mike Schuler manages and develops lead aggregation and management system databases as Chief Information Officer for Blue Chair, LLC.  Mike offers his 24 years of experience in the information technology industry to all Blue Chair, LLC clients.  Mike has a wide range of expertise, including managing software teams and working extensively with technology systems of all kinds.  He has extensive database and programming knowledge developed through building and maintaining software for internal programs and customer use.

Honors and Achievements:

  • 2017 LEADER Award - Most Innovative Company
  • 2014 KCBJ ImpacT Award - Technology Efficiency
Erica Brune, Partner

Erica Brune is President of Lever1, a professional employer organization (PEO). Honored among Kansas City Business Journal’s 2016 Women Who Mean Business, Erica offers 16 years of human resources and strategic fiscal reporting that has led to 45% financial growth year over year for her companies.  

Lever1 provides human resources, payroll and employee benefit solutions. Erica is responsible for strategic planning, management and business oversight. With Erica’s guidance, Lever1 has secured an industry-wide reputation of excellence, operational reliability and thought leadership.

Honors and Achievements:

  • 2017 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist
  • 2017 25 Under 25 Honoree, Thinking Bigger Business
  • 2016 Women Who Mean Business Honoree, KCBJ