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Greg J. Meluch was the second of five children born to a local Naperville fireman and his wife. After completing primary studies at Naper School, Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School and Naperville North High School, he earned an Associate's Degree in Business Management from the College of DuPage in 1979. Later that year, Meluch enrolled at Illinois Benedictine College, becoming the third generation of his immediate family to attend this prestigious university. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Economics in December 1981.
After graduation and nearly six years of working at McDonald's while attending school, Meluch accepted a sales position with the IBM Corporation in February 1982. Over the better part of the next two decades, his career at IBM would provide countless high-profile opportunities for growth and advancement including being a part of the initial IBM PC sales revolution; serving as sales manager of IBM Direct's new telesales operations; and leading IBM's Aptiva Home PC sales and marketing venture. In 1996, Meluch also received an Outstanding Innovation Leadership Award from IBM Chairman and CEO, Lou Gerstner.
Other career opportunities followed including Chief Marketing Officer for a North Carolina-based new media start-up; on Lenovo's world-wide desktop marketing team; and as AMD's Business Development Executive for the IBM and Lenovo account teams.
Throughout his life, Meluch has been blessed to be able to share his time, talent and treasure with many deserving causes including the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Fox River Valley, the Boys/Girls Clubs of Wake County, Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic School & Church, Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School, Johnny Oates' Palliative Care Unit at VCU and the Carolina Hurricanes Youth and Amateur Hockey Association.
Meluch and his wife, Karen, have been married for 34 years and have two grown children. They have lived in Cary, North Carolina since 1992.