Greg Garrett

Greg Garrett 

Director, Small Business Development Center at Western Illinois University

Greg is a senior financial and systems executive with over 25 years of business experience in a variety of leadership positions, including eight years of outside management consulting experience delivering systems solutions to Fortune 500 companies. Following graduation from the University of Arkansas, Greg has worked in the energy, transportation and health care industries providing accounting, auditing, financial and software solutions focused upon business intelligence, financial budgeting, forecasting and strategic planning.

Greg has provided business intelligence solutions for Texas Eastern Products Pipeline, Duke Energy Services and Shell Oil Services. Greg’s teams have also provided competitive advantage solutions to some of the leading health care providers in the United States. Companies such as US Oncology, Essant Health Care, Baylor College of Medicine and MD Anderson Cancer Research Center.

Greg spent over 12 years in the energy industry with Duke Energy, serving as the Strategic Planning and Regulatory Accounting Director responsible for cost of service and market based tariff filings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. While serving as an account and project manager, Greg has also managed teams responsible for providing financial and systems audits, management reporting and strategic solutions for companies looking to gain competitive advantage by leveraging investments in software from software providers Hyperion, Oracle, Microsoft and IBM.

Currently, Greg is Director, Small Business Development Center at Western Illinois University, a unit of the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs.   In that capacity, the Center provides a wide array of business services, at no charge, in support of entrepreneurs and small business owners.  Primary functions include organizational planning, tax planning, business plan development, accounting and consulting assistance with securing financial resources. 

For the past five years, Greg also serves as a college instructor of business at Robert Morris University and Spoon River College focused upon the disciplines of accounting, economics, entrepreneurship and small business management.  Greg is currently working on his Doctorate in Business Administration with emphasis in Small Business Management.