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
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 20 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: 

  • Speaker at NAPEO Annual Conference, October 2012 
  • Speaker at ABHES Annual Conference, February 2011
  • Presenter at APSCU Convention & Expo, June 2011, 2012
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, 2011, 2012
  • Ingram's 40 under Forty, 2002
Darryl Mattox, Partner
Darryl Mattox, Partner

Darryl Mattox currently serves as president of Gragg Advertising.  During Darryl's tenure, Gragg Advertising has experienced historic growth.  Between 2009 and 2011 Gragg Advertising revenue grew by 138%.

With over 20 years of national advertising experience, Darryl has worked with a variety of clients including Argosy University, Brown Mackie College, and Keiser University.  Darryl's wide range of expertise is pivotal in his duties as liason between Gragg Advertising's media, creative, account service, and interactive department.

Honors and Achievements:

  • Ingram's Top 10 Fastest Growing Companies, 2009-2012
  • Presenter at APSCU Convention & Expo, June 2011, 2012
Mike Schuler, Partner
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.

Erica Brune, Partner
Erica Brune, Partner

Erica Brune is president of Lever1, a professional employer organization. Erica offers 15 years of human resources and administrative experience to give Lever1's clients the freedom to focus on the core goals of their business.

Prior to becoming president of Lever1, Erica served as Director of Operations at Gragg Advertising.  Erica managed all the administrative aspects of the agency as well as the pro-bono work and the ongoing staff trainings.  Previously, Erica worked as Chief Administrative Officer at Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP, a New York City law firm.

Honors and Achievements:

  • Regents Scholar at Arizona State University
  • On the Board of Directors for the Summit Theatre Group
  • Speaker at NAPEO annual conference, October 2012