Andi Gray founded Strategy Leaders Inc. in 1995 to help owners of established, privately held businesses achieve growth, profit, stability, predictability and peace of mind. Using proprietary systems, Strategy Leaders consultants put clients on track to double revenue and triple profit in repetitive 5-6 year cycles.
In 2011-2012, Gray launched 3 groundbreaking business initiatives. The Owners Game© teaches business owners about managing for long term profit and preparing a business for exit. The Student-To-Work Program pairs Business School professors and MBA students via internships leading to full-time employment. Profit Growth International linked to the Maritz Corporation brings performance improvement systems to the small-mid sized business market.
Gray's corporate career included 20 years in sales, marketing and new business development, starting at Xerox, American Express, Contel, progressing from field to corporate management positions up through the VP level. Growing up in family-owned businesses taught her about the joys and challenges of entrepreneurship.
Educated in the U.S. and Europe, Gray earned an Executive MBA from Columbia University while conducting 2 years of independent research on success and failure drivers for entrepreneurial businesses. Working with Columbia University Professor and American Business Historian Stuart Bruchey, Gray documented the path to a vibrant, 21st Century U.S. Economy through entrepreneurship, initially writing about her research in the book New Game, New Rules, published in 1994. Strategy Leaders was founded on the principles Gray learned about while working with Professor Bruchey pre- and post-graduation.
Andi authors a weekly column “Ask Andi,” - practical advice for business owners - published in the Westchester and Fairfield County Business Journals and HV Biz. She regularly hosts The Owners Game©, facilitates Owners Forums, takes on public speaking engagements, and organizes events for CBSACNY.org Business Owners Committee which she Chairs.
Recent recognition includes Working Women of Westchester and two Westchester County Association APEX Awards for Entrepreneurship and Call to Action. Gray was named to the Westchester Business Journal's "Top 100 in Westchester" with the likes of Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Leon Black and Michael Bloomberg. She serves on the boards of the Westchester County Association, Westchester YMCA and Columbia Business School Alumni Club of NY.