14th Annual Indianapolis Golf Tournament
Twin Lakes Golf Club
September 11, 2009

Greg Ballard
Mayor - Indianapolis, Indiana

Honorary Chairman

 

Biography

One of &O4257;ve children of the late Duard Ballard and his wife, Mary, Indianapolis? new Mayor, Greg Ballard, was born at Methodist Hospital in 1954.  He was raised in Indianapolis and is a proud graduate of Cathedral High School.  After earning his undergraduate degree in Economics from Indiana University, Greg entered the United States Marine Corps through the OCS program.  He is a Distinguished Graduate of the Marine Corps Command & Staff College and holds a Master?s Degree in Military Science from Marine Corps University where he also studied operations analysis.

As a Marine, Greg rose steadily through the ranks and held a variety of leadership and staff positions in logistics, transportation, and acquisition, both at war and in peace.   His military career culminated in his service as a Lieutenant Colonel with the European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, then commanded by General Wesley Clark.In 2001, Greg declined consideration for promotion and retired from the Corps as a Lieutenant Colonel after 23 years of service to his country.  Medals awarded Greg in recognition of his leadership and outstanding service include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Outstanding Volunteer ServiceMedal.  Greg is a veteran of the &O4257;rst Gulf War and is a Service-disabled veteran.

After leaving the Marine Corps, Greg successfully transitioned to the corporate world to pursue his entrepreneurial dream as a self-employed leadership and management consultant.  He is also theauthor of The Ballard Rules: Small Unit Leadership.  While a consultant, he conducted seminars and modular training based on the book, and also taught college-level economics, marketing, and management courses at the Indiana Business College located in Indianapolis. Since returning to Indianapolis, Greg has been active in the community, serving as a tutor and an Advisory Board Member for the Lilly Boys and Girls Club, as a contributing editor to both the Indiana Minority Business Magazine and the Indiana Parenting Magazine, and as founder of the Indianapolis Writers Group.

Greg resides in Pike Township with Winnie, his wife of 25 years.  His mother lives in Warren Township and he has two children; one a recent college graduate and the other a senior at Indiana University. Greg is proud that despite the many places they lived throughout their military childhoods, his kids still consider Indianapolis their hometown.