Bernard Gray ’74
Bernard Gray is president of Gray Ventures, an Atlanta-based private investment firm that assists early-stage companies in the southeastern United States, with a geographic emphasis on the Research Triangle and Atlanta markets and a sector emphasis on information technology. Since its inception in 1991, Gray Ventures has backed 35 start-ups, aggregating cumulative exit values in excess of $1 billion. Prior to founding Gray Ventures, Mr. Gray served, from 1975 to 1995, in various finance and business development positions at Summit Communications Group, which was later sold to Time Warner.
Mr. Gray served on the steering committee of the “Carolina First” capital campaign for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a former member of the board of visitors for both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Emory University.
Mr. Gray was a corporal in the United States Marine Corps and served in Vietnam. He earned a BA in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972 and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1974. Mr. Gray lives in Atlanta with his wife, Anne. They have one daughter and one son.