Gregg Thompson is North Carolina state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, North Carolina’s and the nation’s leadingsmall business association. Thompson’s responsibilities include lobbying on behalf of NFIB’s members in North Carolina, and overseeing small business grassroots activity and serving as NFIB’s media spokesperson in the Tar Heel State.
Thompson has a unique blend of experience in government and small business.
After serving in the administration of Gov. Jim Martin, Thompson was elected at age 27 to the North Carolina House of Representatives. He completed five terms and served as chairman of the Appropriations Committee during his last two years. Upon his retirement from the House, Thompson served briefly as senior budget and policy advisor to the speaker of the House and more recently as the director of the division of research, policy and planning in the North Carolina Department of Labor.
Thompson is also an entrepreneur. He and his wife, Nancy, own Thompson Group Inc., which operates two small retail businesses. Thompson also grows Christmas trees in his hometown of Spruce Pine. He served as interim executive director of the Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce, as well as on their board of directors for six years.
A North Carolina native, Thompson was born in Charlotte and reared in North Carolina’s mountains. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and recently earned a master’s degree in entrepreneurship from Western Carolina University.
Gregg and Nancy are proud parents of two young boys.