CHILLICOTHE – Growing up, he dreamed of being in the army like his grandfather.
“When I was 18,” said Chris Gray, “I joined the United States Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq twice, in 2006 and 2008. We worked to train the Iraqi police and army. In 2008, specifically, I was integrated into the Iraqi police and I lived with them during this deployment.
He also thought about becoming a pastor.
“I often have the opportunity to preach,” he noted.
There is, however, another interest: human resources. So he launched Chillicothe-based HR Medic.
“I enjoy helping organizations solve complex HR issues,” Gray explained. “My favorite part of the process is when we try to figure out what’s going on and a light bulb goes out and we just know that’s the solution, the answer we were looking for.”
“Whether it’s figuring out why turnover is high,” he added, “to figuring out how to better support employees, HR Medic was created to analyze, identify, and provide recommendations to organizations regarding HR issues.
Now 35, Gray grew up in Ridgeway, Va., and graduated from high school there in 2005. Then he joined the Marine Corps.
“When I left the Marine Corps,” he recalled, “I decided to use my GI Bill and continue my education until I was using my GI Bill as much as possible. I like being there and helping people, so I chose human resources.
He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rio Grande in 2012, an MBA from Walden University in 2013, and a Ph.D. in Management from Sullivan University in 2021.
“When I first left the military,” he says, “I didn’t know I wanted to go into human resources. I knew I really enjoyed being around people and helping those around me. In short, I love consulting. For the past 11 years, I’ve helped organizations across the VA transform their workforce by identifying the best way to provide support and foster an environment where employees want to come to work. Now I can use these skills locally thanks to HR Medic.
“Chris won’t let anything stand in the way of HR Medic’s development,” said Kendra Scott, a local writer who works with Gray. “He has a goal with the skills and education to get there. And he’s one of the most focused people I know.
“I served in the military,” Gray replied, “and often have the opportunity to preach. However, I think I have found my true calling as a father.
“I never, in my wildest dreams, thought I would be where I am today,” he concluded. “I’m so lucky to have a wonderful family, amazing friends and a God who loves me so much.”
For more information, log on to www.hrmedic.com.
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