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Gray Nelson Oliver


A native Virginian, born in Williamsburg as his father graduated from William and Mary (W&M) and his mother graduated from nursing school at Richmond Professional Institute (now VCU). Gray is a graduate of The College of William and Mary, receiving his BA in June of 1978 majoring in Government with a Religion minor.

        Gray’s athletic career began as a member of the Tuckahoe Little League (TLL) 1968 All-Star team, that made it to the Little League World Series, and in 2008 was recognized by the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame with a Special Achievement Award. At Douglas Freeman High School, he was a 3-sport athlete earning six varsity letters, recognized with All-District, All-Metro, All-Regional, All-State honors in multiple sports, inducted into the DSF Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012. At William &Mary, Gray was a four-year starter on both the football and baseball teams, earning 8 varsity letters. 

      Following college graduation, Gray began a 25 year executive career at Procter and Gamble (P&G), advancing through multiple roles ending his career as a Senior Executive. In 2005, he founded Three Strands Management (TSM), a full-service consultant firm providing a broad range of services to start-ups, mid-size and Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. and globally. 

      He was also active in restoring some of Richmond’s most distressed neighborhoods through the renovation of blighted and abandoned properties. He is the recipient of the  “Golden Hammer” award for the best historic home restoration. Internationally, Gray’s non-profit consulting efforts were recognized by BPeace, a global non-profit, who presented him with VERA award as a consultant of the year in 2014 for his efforts with Afghanistan based start-ups focused on women’s empowerment and youth education.


        He and his wife Cynthia live in Richmond and have four grown children.

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