Built and sold 40+ companies. Japan. Oregon. Hawaii Island.
Expert in development of new ventures as, Not for Profit Consumer Cooperatives (HRS Chapter 421C).
Grif lives in Hilo, Hawai’i, with his Life-Partner Noriko. They have four adult children, all educated at foreign universities (London, Tokyo, Barcelona), and five grandchildren.
2016 — Founding Member/V.P-Secretary of the Hawaii NoniPower Cooperative, and CEO of The Hawaii Medicinal Tea and Herb Cooperative.
2014 — Started first not for profit consumer cooperative fitness center in the U.S., Hilo Health Cooperative.
2012 - 2014 — Moved to Hilo Hawaii, on recommendation of business partner, Roy Yamaguchi, of Roy’s Restaurants. Developed a 550 acre tropical fruit ag estate subdivision. Taught business development at University of Hawaii Hilo, College of Business and Economics. Principle Broker of Hawaii Island VR Business Brokers/Mergers & Acquisitions.
1990 - 2002 — Co-founder/CEO of SakeOne, a $10 million sake brewery based in Oregon. 650 shareholders. Acquired by largest sake brewery in the world, Hakutsuru.
1980 - 1990 — Thunderbird Global MBA; Started first Japan based businesses. Notable businesses: 3500 student ESL School Chain; Soloflex Japan, $20 million manufacturing and direct marketing business.
1975 - 1979 — Started, built and sold first U.S. based business. Elected youngest Electoral College Voter in history of U.S.. Married Noriko Nomura, a citizen of Japan. Graduate Willamette University, BA Liberal Arts.
1971 - 1975 — Graduate of Hillsboro High School. One year as Rotary Club Exchange Student during Junior year. Lived with host family in a beer brewery in Saverne, France. Administrative Assistant to State Legislator in Oregon.