Greg Orman - Independent Candidate for Governor (KS)
Greg is an entrepreneurial, common-sense problem solver running as an independent candidate for Governor of Kansas. With a background in growing businesses, he is a uniquely equipped leader.
Greg Orman is a political independent running for Governor of Kansas. As an independent endorsed by Unite America, he is positioned to implement the best solutions for the future, not simply follow the politics of the past.
Greg has spent his career growing businesses by not shying away from solving difficult problems. After graduating with high honors from Princeton University in 1991 with a degree in economics, he founded Environmental Lighting Concepts, which designed and installed energy-efficient lighting systems for commercial and industrial companies. In just four years time, he built the company into a multimillion-dollar thriving business with over 120 employees before selling a majority of the company to Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L).
Following the sale, Greg was put in charge of KCP&L’s energy services business, and over the next six years developed and executed a strategy that grew the business over twenty-fold.
With those successful early years as a template, Greg continued to hone his entrepreneurial instincts by co-founding the private equity firm Denali Partners. He later took the reins as Managing Member of Exemplar Holdings LLC, which now oversees stakes in a half-dozen innovative companies.
More recently, Greg has focused on turning around troubled companies. In 2012, Greg formed Combat Brands, LLC to acquire the assets of Ringside, Inc., a Kansas-based sporting goods company in operation for over thirty years. The business was on the brink of failure before Greg took it over. And today, Combat Brands is thriving and creating jobs and opportunities right here in Kansas.
Greg's experiences have given him first-hand insight into what government can do and what it shouldn't do to drive economic growth. He understands how regulations impact businesses and ultimately job growth. He’s had to deal with the rising costs of doing business, especially the escalating cost of providing healthcare for his employees, and he knows how to balance budgets and get better results, even with limited resources.
Through these experiences, Greg has developed his capacity to solve problems. He's played a role in bringing jobs to Kansas over the last two decades and knows what it will take to make Kansas a place where other companies will want to locate.
Greg lives in Fairway with his wife, Sybil, their two young daughters, Imogen and Sigrid, along with their dogs, Lucy and Mala. He is active in the American Legion’s Boys’ State Program, has served on the boards of the Kansas City Zoo and the Gala at the Glen for Cystic Fibrosis, and led the capital campaign for the YMCA’s Youth in Government program. In 2017, Greg and Sybil were named honorary co-chairs of the Olathe-based KidsTLC annual benefit, and Sybil remains active in the Olathe Public Schools Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle.