Before joining Chicago Booth in 2005, Nat Gregory was chairman and CEO of NATCO Group, Inc. NATCO was an oilfield equipment company which was rejuvenated through technology development and acquisitions in the 1990s, expanded internationally, and was then taken public on the NYSE in 2000. Prior to NATCO, Gregory held various positions in investment banking, including general partner in mergers and acquisitions at Lazard Freres & Co in the 1980s. In addition, he was for a number of years a managing director at a private equity firm, Capricorn Holdings. Gregory has served on several boards of directors, including Marine Drilling (Nasdaq), Mrs. Fields Cookies and Plainfield Direct. In the early 1980s, he was Chief Economist and a VP Financial Services at Bechtel Group, a privately owned engineering contractor based in San Francisco. Prior to Bechtel and before graduate school, he had been a foreign affairs analyst and speechwriter at the Congressional Research Service in Washington, DC.
Gregory earned his PhD in economics at the University of Chicago in 1980, with concentrations in the fields of mathematical economics and law and economics. Gregory also holds a master's degree in American Government from Georgetown University and a master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.
Nat is married with two daughters. Outside the classroom, he enjoys golf, wine, and commuting.