December 3rd, 2018
Gregg grew up in Bloomington, Illinois. After high school he went directly into the USMC as an enlisted Marine. He served in the F-4 phantom squadron VMFA 531 and was honorably discharged in August 1970 after having served 3 years.
After the service Gregg moved to Erie, Pennsylvania. In 1974 he founded Furniture Lane, which grew into a 2-store furniture operation in northwestern Pennsylvania. Gregg later started a fine dining restaurant called Aunt Mary’s Pub and Palace and also co-founded a company called Rent Way.
Gregg sold his businesses and then became involved in time-share resort development in Europe working in Spain, Greece and London.
1987 – 1996 Kauai Times, President and Publisher. The Kaua`i Times grew from a small newspaper to one of the best community newspapers in America, winning more State and National awards than any other newspaper its size in America.
1996- Present: Blarney Publishing, Inc. – Publishing art magazines, kid’s magazines and food magazines, based in Humboldt County. “101 Things to Do” is now in 13 markets, including Hawaii which is operated under license. Mostly located on the West Coast in California and Oregon – but also have publications in North and South Carolina.
1996-2003: Started Hawai`i Internet provider doing business as Kaua`i Internet, the largest locally-owned Internet service provider on Kaua`i until it sold in 2003.
1997 – 2001: Midway Limited was the air charter operator and marketing, reservation and logistic support arm for Midway Island National Wildlife Refuge, taking visitors to this island for the first time in over 55 years. In August 1998 Midway Limited supported the Kauai Visitor Bureau and operated the Kaua`i Hotline and fulfillment contract, which processes between 5,000 – 6,000 requests per month answering questions and sending out information about the Island of Kaua`i. This company was sold in 2001.
2014- Present: Guest Services Directories (GSD) is an in-room hotel guide providing guest information about the hotel and area information. Now in Humboldt, Mendocino and Lake Counties.
2015 County of Kauai – Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. named July 2nd as Gregg Gardiner in appreciation for founding KIUC
2015 Congressional Award from Congressman Jared Huffman for North Cost Honor Flight
2015 Eureka City Schools Board of Directors – For outstanding achievement in leadership as Chair of the Measure S campaign which received 62% voter approval for a $50 million bond
2014 Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year – selected from over 600 businesses
2013 Eureka City Schools Board of Directors – Apple award – outstanding community service for bringing the community together to support the school district in opening a new school, 2013
2009 Special recognition by the Commandant of the Marine Corps in support of their recruiting mission
2009 Rotary International – International Service Award
2007 NRECA – International Service Award – presented at annual convention
2006 NRECA – Board of Directors in appreciation of faithful and dedicated service
2002 KIUC – Board of Directors, Koa Paddle award, the appreciation of dedicated leadership, steadfast dedication sacrifice, and outstanding fellow volunteerism in establishing KIUC.
1998 County of Kauai Mayor Mary Ann Kusaka – Founding Food Bank Island of Kauai
1993 Secretary of Defense – Presentation for JCOC Class of ’58 Joint Chief’s Conference
1994 Pacific Missile Range Facility – Outstanding support of PMRF and the Sea Services
1992 Kaua`i County Council – Resolution Community Service for Hurricane Iniki
1992 House of Representatives – Appreciation for Community Service (Hurricane Iniki)
2002 KIUC Board of Directors
2012 Elected Board Member, Humboldt Community Service District – HCSD provides, water, sewers and street lighting
2015 Chair of the Measure S campaign this summer – voters approve $50 million bond to improve schools
Community Service – current:
Coordinator, Toys for Tots – Humboldt, Trinity, and Mendocino Counties – annual campaign is over $100,000 to purchases toys for over 6,000 needy children. The total area we serve is small in population with approximately 155,000 people but high in size over 8,260 sq. miles. If it were a state it would be bigger than Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island and District of Columbia and almost as big as New Jersey. Of the 6,412 children that received toys from us this year, a little over 1,400 were of Native American ancestry.
Co -Chair North Coast Honor Flight – completed seven missions – taking 400 World War II and Korean War veterans back to Washington DC to see the memorials that were created in their honor – over a four-year period of time raised $470,000.
Chair of renovation campaign to remodel the Redwood Boys and Girls Club teen center during his president year in Rotary
Community Service: – Past
Past President of the Rotary Club of Eureka
Foundation Chair, Rotary Club of Eureka
Past President of the Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce 2010 – 2012
Past Commandant of the Six Rivers Marine Corps league Detachment 2008 -2010
KIUC Founding Chair 1995 – 2006
NRECA Board Member 2002 -2006
Kauai Business Council past Chair
Kauai Economic Development Board – Past Director
Lihue Business Council – Founder
SBA Media Advocate of the Year 1995
Hanalei Bay Rotary Club – Founder and Past President
Kauai Rotary Club – Foundation Director
The Navy League – Past National Director
Samoa Power and Waste Authority – Past Director
Kauai Marine Corps League – Founder and Past Commandant
Six Rivers Marine Corps league Detachment – Past Commandant
Defense Organization Conference Association – Hawai`i Delegate
American Legion Post 54 – Founder and Past Commander
Kauai Food Bank – Founder and Past President for three years
Developmental Disability advocate for northwestern Pennsylvania (1977/1980)
Muscular Dystrophy Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania – Past President (1979/1980)
Married to Kathleen Cloney-Gardiner: Kathleen.
The Gardiners have a blended family of four wonderful children.