J. Kent Gregory, PhD
President & CEO
Dr. J. Kent Gregory received his PhD in Classical Studies with a Minor in Medieval Studies from the University of Minnesota. He received his B.A. with a double-major in History and Classics from Washington and Lee University where he was a University Scholar graduating both Magna cum Laude and with an Honors designation in History. Following several years as a university professor, he began his insurance and risk-mitigation career at the New Orleans Marsh USA office.
While with Marsh USA, Dr. Gregory was a member of a talented team who advised a clientele comprised of large and mostly self-funded clients, many of whom had global human capital and liability exposures. Following Hurricane Katrina, he brought his experience to an insurance brokerage in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
Dr. Gregory formed Voyageur Strategies to focus on three increasingly important areas of human capital risk management. The first of which is self-funding, a method of retaining risk that has become increasingly prevalent as the fully-insured model has been broken by steep rises in premia and deductibles. Dr. Gregory brings to play his especial experience with Captive insurance programs and transitioning fully-insured groups to self-insured arrangements, along with trusted relationships with re-insurers and third-party administrators.
The second area of focus comprises sophisticated arrangements for key individuals and teams, whether this is key-person insurance, insurance for athletes and celebrities, or domestic and extra-territorial travel and extraction programs for individuals or groups. This area is an outgrowth of the self-insurance focus as many self-insured groups have key-person risks that they wish to address; it also comes from Dr. Gregory’s global travel and work experience, first-hand knowledge of natural disasters, and his recognition of the increasingly perilous domestic and extra-territorial environment.
Voyageur's third focus area is that of Key Accounts, a group comprised of sophisticated clients who require access to high-level and high-quality expertise.
Dr. Gregory currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Opera; he has also served on the boards of the Nativity Academy of Louisville and Catholic Charities of Louisville where he was Chairman of the Board.
In his free time, Dr. Gregory enjoys relaxing and travelling with his wife, son, and twin daughters, as well as training their two dogs. In addition, he enjoys fly fishing and hunting.