Bob Gries Jr.

Founder and Managing Partner
Mr. Gries is the Founding member and current Managing Director of the Gries Investment Funds and has served as Managing Director of all 52 partnerships since its inception in 1998. Mr. Gries was instrumental in taking Crius public (the result of a merger in 2012 between Public Power and Viridian Energy) on the Toronto Stock Exchange and served as Chairman for several years. The Gries Investment entities remained the largest shareholder until its sale to Vistra Energy in 2019. Mr. Gries, formerly a director of the Cleveland Browns, assisted in negotiating the sale of his family’s 43% stake in the franchise in 1996. The Gries family ownership spanned 60 years, dating back to 1936. Mr. Gries also owned Arena Football franchises in Tampa Bay and Orlando which won multiple Championships.

Mr. Gries is an active philanthropist in the Tampa Bay area, actively supporting Berkeley Preparatory School, the University of South Florida Medical School, the Boys and Girls Club, the Tampa Bay Crisis Center and many others. He is also owner of Orlando Tampa Volleyball Academy (OTVA), which is the largest youth volleyball club in the country with over 1,000 players, ages 8-18, and which has won 37 National Championships.

Mr. Gries is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has one daughter that is adopted from China.