Gregory McCormack

Gregory McCormack

Class of 1999

A more than 22-year veteran of the candy business, Greg was born September 9, 1954, in Albany, GA. He graduated from Westover High School and attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, where he earned a degree in public accounting. In 1984, he married Dina in Albany, GA, and they raised three children; Keller, Bryce and Halley.

Greg’s candy career began in July 1976 when he joined Bobs Candies, Inc. – the company his grandfather founded in 1919 – in the production and sales department. By 1978, he had ascended to the company board of directors.

In 1984, he moved to Kingston, Jamaica to establish Bobs Candies, Ltd. a subsidiary company. At his induction, Greg considered this 2 1/2-year effort to be his most memorable moment in business. My assignment in Jamaica proved a big impact in my career, he said. It gave me the confidence to start and make successful an independent operation.

Once he had completed his mission in mid-1986, Greg returned to Bobs Candies as executive vice-president. In 1988, he was elected president of the company, becoming chairman in 1991.

Greg also served as a member of the board of the National Confectionery Association from 1990 to 1994 and served on the NCA Executive Committee during 1995-1996.

He said his father, Bob McCormack, Jr. was the biggest influence in his career. He taught me that success is measured in more ways than sales and profits, he says. If you can’t share your rewards with others, what good are they?

Greg was inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame in 1990 and in 1997 received the Georgia Family Business of the Year Award.