Christina Z. Griggs
Christina has spent her entire life in and around the business world. Her family owned and operated the oldest family-owned business in Canada until a few years ago. The family shoe business went through many changes, challenges and triumphs, with the development of discount stores and a rapidly changing business environment. Exposure, at such an early age, to the business challenges her family faced, led Christina to enjoy helping others navigate through dynamic business conditions.
During her professional career, Christina has worked as a short-interest trader in London and as an investment advisor with Dean Witter (now JP Morgan). As Chief Financial Officer for a corporate housing firm, Christina found her passion for developing clear, reliable processes and financial reporting that gives businesses the opportunity to thrive. After developing a systematic reporting process that tracked the company’s complex financial and operating procedures, Christina helped this company grow from a $250,000 business to an $8 million business.
Christina founded Gemsbok Consulting after using these skills to help a struggling business reorganize their financial reporting and identify where they were losing money. Thanks to Christina’s intense curiosity and commitment to helping her clients succeed, this company still operates today. Almost 17 years later, Christina has worked with hundreds of companies to help them develop and maintain efficient financial and operating structures.
When Christina is not working she enjoys playing ice hockey, being outside, spending time with her family, playing games and traveling.
Education & Awards
College of Financial Planning, Denver, CO 1998- 2000
Completed courses required for the Certified Financial Planner Board Examination
Bachelor of Arts: Business Administration Degree, Minor in Biology
College Honor Roll, Deans List, Graduated with Honors
Acquired Series 7, 63, 65, 31 and Life & Health Insurance licenses
The Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate Award
Scholar Athlete Award
Helen Summy Woodward Memorial Award
Charles F. Buckwalter Athletic and Academic Honors Award
Jessica spent the first part of her career working as a safety professional in a variety of industries including steel, oil, and government. These roles consisted of analyzing processes, reviewing and auditing records, conducting training, and making recommendations to improve the workplace for employees.
Jessica joined the Gemsbok team in January 2017 to expand on these skills and uses them to help small businesses grow. She supports our clients by reorganizing and setting up data organization systems, reviewing processes, delivering monthly financial reports, and assisting clients with audits.
When Jessica is not working she enjoys mountain biking, traveling, camping, and spending time with her husband and dogs.
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Bachelor of Science: Occupational Safety and Health, Minor in Communications