Carol Grever Gray was for 23 years co-owner of Express Services, a local and international staffing firm. She and her former husband, Jim, started their family business in Boulder County in 1973 and were instrumental in founding the Express International franchising organization, which earned revenues of $425 million in 1994 and employed at that time more than 30,000 people each week.
Grey chaired The Naropa Institute in Boulder. She has been heavily involved in community service throughout her career, having chaired the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, the Boulder Development Commission, the Private Industry Council and the Economics Futures Panel.
She was a founding director and vice president for the Boulder Technology Incubator and a director for Colorado National Bank, the Boulder Rotary Club, the YWCA, the Community Hospital Foundation and several other non-profit boards.
Gray has been named Business and Professional Women (BPW) Woman of the Year for Colorado and BPW Boulder County Woman of the Year. In 1994, she was recognized by the Boulder Chamber of Commerce for her volunteer service on behalf of the business community. Other honors include the Boulder Business Pacesetter Award, the Colorado Community Service Award from the National Association of Personnel Consultants and induction into the YWCA Hall of Fame for Corporate Leadership. Her advertising and public relations efforts for Express Services were recognized with numerous national awards from the National Association of Temporary Services.