Aric Gray founded Gray Ghost Solutions in 2019 and currently serves as the CEO. Inspired by his 30-year career in government, including executive roles at the State Department and as a Special Forces Green Beret, Aric wanted to offer his expertise and lessons learned to commercial markets.
Aric is an expert in crisis management, government relations and medical contingency operations, and has conducted sensitive operations around the world for decades. He has been recognized as a leader in frontier medicine providing crucial insight to corporate entities, government institutions and non-profits. He has deployed operationally to over 50 countries.
Before founding Gray Ghost, Aric spent two years at Banyan Risk Group serving as Managing Director, leading the global headquarters in Houston Texas. Prior to joining Banyan, Aric held the executive role of Director for Protective Medicine at the State Department where he was responsible for all medical components serving the Foreign Service, Consulates and Embassies worldwide. Before his time with the State Department, Aric served within the United States Army Special Forces as a Green Beret. In the Special Forces, Aric served as a counter terrorism and direct-action expert completing the Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance, Target Analysis and Exploitation Techniques, Special Operations Sniper and Ranger schools.
Aric holds a master’s degree from George Washington University and a BA from Campbell University.
Josh is the Managing Director, for Gray Ghost Solutions with expertise in crisis planning, emergency/disaster response, consequence management, risk management, training and exercise design. Josh has learned to translate complex problems to create simple, intuitive plans that are flexible in dynamic environments and easily understood in the chaos of the moment.
In his over twenty-year career with the military and Department of State, Josh has conducted diverse planning efforts including the US Government’s medical plan for the Rio Olympics; the diplomatic reentry of the embassies in Libya, Yemen, and Syria; and the largest bio-containment evacuation exercise ever conducted by any organization or government. For the latter, he controlled the operation from Africa to seven hospitals across the United States. Josh has direct experience with emergency management and crisis response— most prominently responding to seven overlapping hurricane landfalls (three catastrophic) over two seasons, coordinating relief to the US embassy in South Sudan with the resumption of their civil war, and coordinating US government response during the 2015 Mali Hotel Shooting.
Josh holds a master’s degree in International Relations and graduated with distinction from the University of North Georgia, earning a BS in Biology. An avid lifelong learner, Josh studies geopolitics and routinely attends courses across multiple domains including Harvard’s Leadership in Crisis program, the Army War College’s Defense Strategy Course, Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness courses, Combined Humanitarian Assistance and Response Team training, and the United Nation’s Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination course.
Thomas Jones is an Army Veteran with 25 years of expertise in planning and executing expeditionary medical support across the globe. His experience ranges from direct combat units to the strategic level. He has supported operations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America and has served as a Foreign Military Advisor and All-Source Medical Intelligence Analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Meghan is the Strategic Planning Director for Gray Ghost, overseeing all strategic and crisis planning for clients. Her areas of expertise include crisis operations, medical infrastructure analysis, logistics, and training program development and implementation.
Meghan has over fifteen years of government experience in the Departments of Defense and State. Prior to joining Gray Ghost Solutions, Meghan served in the Plans and Operations office for the Army, coordinating over 25 aeromedical evacuations from West Africa to the US during the Ebola Crisis. She also served as consultant to the World Health Organization to help them stand up their operations center and wrote the medical plan for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. Earlier, Meghan spent two years preparing medical professionals to conduct expeditionary operations in the most ambiguous and austere environments.
Meghan graduated from Dickinson College with a BA in International Relations and holds a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and Policy at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Completing a 27-year career as a Special Operations IDC and 2 years with the Department of State, Michael concentrated on operational and austere medicine working for some of the most prominent units in the U.S. Military. Possessing a deep understanding of the complexities and variables associated with emergency crisis planning and response, Michael departed the Government sector in order to assist Gray Ghost in the pursuit of providing answers to some of the most challenging and difficult situations impacting the global landscape.
Michael has a Bachelor of Science, Health Science Degree from Trident University, a Master’s Degree in Innovation from Arizona State University and a Doctorate of Executive Leadership from the University of Charleston, West Virginia.
Christopher Frueh, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, Professor of Psychology at the University of Hawaii, and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Trauma and Resilience Center, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX.
Chris has thirty years of professional experience working with military veterans and active-duty personnel, and has conducted clinical trials, epidemiology, historical, and neuroscience research, primarily with psychiatric patients, prisoners, and combat veterans. He has co-authored over 300 scientific publications (h-Index = 79; total scientific citations > 18, 000), including a historical analyses of U.S. Army suicides dating back to 1819 and a current graduate textbook on adult psychopathology.
Professionally, Chris worked with combat veterans since 1991 – and his earliest interview was with a veteran of the Spanish American War and the Battle of San Juan Hill. More recently he has devoted much of his time to the military special operations community. He has consulted extensively to US Congress, Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Chris has published commentaries in the National Review, Huffington Post, New York Times, Time and Washington Post; and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Washington Post, Scientific American, Stars and Stripes, USA Today, Men’s Health, and Los Angeles Times, among others. Under the pen name Christopher Bartley, he has also published nine novels, including “THEY DIE ALONE” and most recently “A SEASON PAST.”
Miriam is the Corporate Communications Director for Gray Ghost, responsible for all internal and external communications . Miriam brings over two decades of business communications, process planning and management experience at companies, both global and local.
She also serves as principal of Third Ave Strategy, where she works with businesses on messaging and business presentations. Prior to Third Ave Strategy, Miriam served in leadership roles at News Corporation and Twentieth Century Fox. During her career at Fox, Miriam was at the forefront of many first-of-their-kind initiatives, including enabling text voting for American Idol (on Fox) and branded video content on mobile phones.
Miriam received her B.S. in Mass Communications from UCLA and her M.B.A. from Loyola
Josh has 20+ years of experience as a key leader developing strategic relationships to embolden partnerships & alliances serving the select global professional services, government, sports & entertainment, and tech (AI/ML/CompVis) sectors. As an expert in developing and leading elite cross-functional teams supplying highly specialized SME services, Josh has extensive experience in solution architecting for both award-winning commercial enterprises as well as humanitarian relief projects. Most notable of these accomplishments include his time co-founding and leading a global professional services organization delivering immigration & global affairs SME consulting covering 180+ countries. Prior to exit he led the company from funding into divestiture; including scouting/hiring/leading large team of former US State Department Visa Officers & Specialists, Political Affairs Officers, and Joint Taskforce Operations Officers. In addition, he led small-team SME advisory projects for the Rio Olympics, World Cup Brazil, Super Bowl 49; and in response to global terror incidents including the 2016 Brussels airport bombing. Serving as a cornerstone of Josh’s tenured career is his work supporting the sports & entertainment industry, having developed key partner-driven and relationship management programs for such brands as SONY Music, American Idol, Island Def Jam Records, the UFC, NFL, NBA as well as the Sundance Film Festival, Grammy’s, and NASCAR.
Josh’s area of expertise includes partnership sourcing & acquisition, as well as international affairs, for select global clientele using his exceptional experience in the conceptualization and mobilization of intellectual capital into joint partner solutions, service delivery systems, and subject matter expert innovations. His career includes serving as a member of executive leadership and technical expert advisor for special request global incident management within the political and integrity/security risk environments providing strategic consultancy, analysis/action plans, management of sensitive geopolitical issues and practical on-the-ground support in both individual and team-based capacities. He is also a guest speaker throughout the global business and international humanitarian relief sectors on such topics as global travel regulations, international diaspora resettlement, and HNW/FBO social impacting integrators.
Included in the professional milestones of Josh’s past are early career advancements within the health and medical services corridor; having been part of both field medical support as well as human and athletic performance & training. Serving highly specialized career professionals as well as elite athlete clientele. Most recently prior to joining Grey Ghost Solutions Josh served as an Executive in Residence for a TechStars healthtech startup focused on COVID-19 clinical solutions, a Founder Advisor to a US immigration technology platform, as well as a global affairs consultant for a high-profile AI Tech Company in delivering AI/ML biometric technology & aerospace solutions to the Brazilian government.