My Early Days
Hi, I’m Gregory Covey. I landed my first management role when I was just 16 years old because I had spent time on the floor and knew the ins and outs of the business.
After this relatively short stint as an Assistant Manager, I joined the US Marine Corps at 17 years of age. My time in the military greatly influenced my leadership and management philosophy. During this time, I learned many crucial lessons in self-improvement, commitment, mentoring, delegation, planning, and teamwork.
Working in the Private Sector
After retiring from the Marine Corps, I entered the private sector serving at the Marriott Corporation for over 12 years. I started in senior management and eventually became the Human Resources Director for the company.
During this time, I worked closely with many leading professionals in the hospitality industry and service sector. Marriott thrives on putting people first, pursuing excellence, and building employee loyalty—all excellent teachings for any small business.
Working for the Department of Veteran Affairs
In 2000, I decided to take on a new challenge and took up the role of Environmental Program Manager(EPM) at the Department of Veteran Affairs. In many ways, this work was very different from my time in the private sector.
Managing two veteran healthcare facilities with limited resources and lots of red tape isn’t easy—but if there’s one thing Marriott taught me, it was good service. I applied those same principles to my work as an EPM, and it’s been smooth sailing ever since.
How Can I Help You?
After several decades in the private sector, public service, and social sector, I’ve developed incredible management insights from my experience. Now, I want to translate the various management tools, strategies, and approaches I’ve acquired into practical tips and advice for small businesses.
I routinely write and talk about different management strategies, human resource insights, and tips and tricks for new business owners. When you sign up for my blog, you get:
- Smart advice on how to grow your business
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- Expert tips on financing, marketing, and managing your business.