An Ambitious Lover of Turkey
Gregory Michael Kiez was born in Canada and spent the final 20 years of his life in Turkey, where he left behind a significant legacy as a successful businessman. He went on to become the Chairman of the Board of Ege Ports – Kuşadası, Chairman of the Board of Port Akdeniz – Antalya and Chairman of the Board of Global Ports Holding, all of which operate under Global Investment Holdings, where Mr. Kiez also served as a Board Member.
Gregory Michael Kiez’s storied career began when he received his BA in law from the University of Toronto and from there he received numerous awards during his academic career, including scholarships from Norman Levy, Borden & Elliot, Dow-Hickson, the James Cappon Memorial Prize and the James McGill Award.
Gregory Michael Kiez then fell in love with Turkey, so much that he spent two decades here, expending his energy in promoting and defending Turkey across many platforms in addition to his contributions to creating a new industry sector and positioning Turkey to become a major player within it. Today, the Gregory Michael Kiez Applied and Theoretical Classrooms of the Adnan Menderes University Tourism and Hotel Management College facilities, which were constructed under his aegis and include twelve classrooms, three laboratories and two applied training kitchens, welcome approximately 2,000 students daily.
Along with his philanthropic activities, Mr. Kiez placed great importance on the protection of works of art and world heritage. From 2006 onwards, he served as a board member of the Texas A&M University- Institute of Nautical Archeology (INA), which is recognized as a leading institution in maritime archaeology and has spearheaded many excavations, including the Istanbul Yenikapı excavation and the excavation of the Bronze Age Uluburun shipwreck on display in the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. During his long tenure as a senior executive within Global Investment Holdings and its subsidiaries, Gregory Michael Kiez was a mentor to many members of the Global Family and to many of his colleagues within the finance and port sectors, owing to his meticulous work ethic, self-discipline, wisdom and considered guidance. He left us with a final lesson in life by setting an example as a fighter, one last time, during the unrelenting battle that he waged against Glioblastomas cancer for more than two years.