Mr. R. Gregory West received his B.S. Degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, with a major in Accounting, in 1983, and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1986.
Mr. West has a diverse skill set and experience in law, textiles manufacturing, coal mining, banking, systems development and database management. From 1986 through 1987, Mr. West was an associate attorney with the law firm of Wagner, Myers and Sanger, where he was involved in setting up the firm’s first computer based legal research system. From 1987 through 1995, he served as general counsel for West Coal Corporation, the largest coal producer in Tennessee. In addition to corporate counsel duties, he worked extensively on IBM System 36/38 computers to create inventory control and other financial programs. From 1987 through 2003, West, along with partners, founded, owned and operated Denim Processing, Inc., a textiles manufacturing firm performing contract services for major textile producers. At Denim Processing, he served as vice president and general counsel and had primary responsibility for information technology. In this capacity, he created specialized software for tracking floor operations and coded and designed quality control reporting systems for Levi Strauss and Company. From 1996 through the present, West has served in various capacities at America’s Collectibles Network, Inc., d/b/a Jewelry Television (“JTV”) including EVP of E-Commerce, EVP of Strategic Initiatives and EVP Special Projects. At JTV, West has worked extensively on systems based projects including heading up the Coming of Age Initiative 2000 which reengineered and designed a new back office system.
Mr. West additionally served on the board of directors of First Trust and Savings Bank from 1991 through 1995.