The perfect team — Marines, partners, and proven business Leaders.
Matthew and Graham honed their leadership skills as officers in the United States Marine Corps, where they forged a partnership and understanding impossible in any other environment. After hanging up their uniforms, they earned continued success in business. Blending private sector and military skills, Gypsum Ridge has what it takes to quickly orient and lead your business. Click on the photos below for expanded details on the Gypsum Ridge Principals..
Matthew Taylor, Managing Director
Matthew has deep experience in Strategy, Finance, and Business Development. His professional experiences have taken him from Dallas to Tokyo and all points in between. He's helped companies chart paths through complex crisis, as well as international expansion. His training in Intelligence, both military and business, has helped him understand the seemingly disconnected pieces of information that create a coherent strategy. He's helped businesses grow, succeed, and survive. Formally educated and experienced in Finance, Matt has a keen appreciation for what it takes to maintain and operate a fiscally sound business.
As a Marine, Matthew ended his services as a Major, with 4 combat deployments. He's an avid pilot, athlete, and traveler.
Graham Pulliam, Managing Director
Graham has core operations, design, and process management expertise as well as extensive experience in product development, manufacturing, and marketing strategy. Standing up a manufacturing operations team, he has repeatedly and successfully refined processes, reduced waste, cut costs, and trimmed development cycles. He understands all phases of product life-cycle management, and is eager to design and implement a winning strategy for sustainable business growth.
As a Marine Graham commanded elite Reconnaissance units and Combat Advisors, leading highly skilled teams on 3 combat deployments. He loves the outdoors, travel, and reading.
Elizabeth Kernion, Associate
Liz is an experienced entrepreneur with a background in education and healthcare. As a former consultant, she has conducted due diligence for clients and produced new market entry strategies for international business expansion. Liz is the daughter of a small business owner and understands what it takes to thoughtfully grow a company from the ground up. She received her undergraduate degree in Economics from Penn State University and is currently pursuing her MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Taylor Gillig, Associate
Taylor has immense leadership experience and a record of completing difficult assignments in the most extreme scenarios. While leading over 100 Marines, Sailors, British Royal Marines, and Afghan Commandos, he has gained a record of thoughtful decision making. During the ebbs and flows of early start ups, his grounded and stable approach keeps the team calm and focused. He received his undergraduate degree in history from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is pursuing his MBA at Southern Methodist University.