Debra Thompson-Greif, President of TG & Associates, LLC, is an international speaker, consultant, coach and author.
Debra started in the graphics industry in 1975 as a typesetter. In 1977 Debra became a franchisee of American Speedy Printing with her business located in Orchard Lake, MI. She owned and operated that franchise until 1994. In addition, she served as a “new owner’ trainer for American Speedy Printing whose HQ was close to her printing business. Over time American Speedy morphed into Alliance Franchise Brands linking nearly 600 locations in North America and the United Kingdom.
In mid-1994, Debra sold her business in Michigan and moved to Tucson with her husband, Bill. In 1995 Debra and Bill founded TG & Associates, initially with a principal focus in the graphics industry. Debra devoted her energies to understanding what it takes to hire, develop and retain top performers and in turn to train business owners and managers to be successful people-managers.
Debra has written and published over 500 articles since 1995. She has presented nearly 300 presentations and seminars to companies, franchises, associations and networking groups covering hiring, developing and retaining top performers, management issues and customer service across the US, Canada and Australia. Debra has also provided consulting and teambuilding for many of their clients over the years.
For her work in the graphics industry, Debra received the National Association of Quick Printers Industry Award of Distinction in 2003. In 2016 she was inducted into the Walter E. Soderstrom Society.
In 1995, Debra became the founding president of the Greater Tucson Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.
Together Bill and Debra have 5 married children, 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. They also have a new Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Bentley, who keeps them quite active.