The Gray Cat Learning Series

Fifteen (15) hands-on, business training courses each ranging from 25-to-90 minutes in length


Time Management & Life Balance Course Online

Time Management Course Online: Achieve Life Balance

Improving your time management skills in order to achieve a greater life balance allows for spending more time with your kids; pursuing hobbies of interest; and what the heck, be more productive for the people that employ your services.


What is the quickest way to reduce stress and achieve greater balance in your life? Develop better time management skills.

This course gives you key insights on how to improve productivity and create greater life balance. 

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Game-Changing Strategies for Retailers

Game-Changing Strategies for Retailers

This book walks readers through the key elements of founding, maintaining, and growing a business and demonstrates the importance of business planning; and the intricacies of daily operations, merchandising, marketing, real estate, and capital management.

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"John has been a great mentor to me over the years. He is very encouraging & is great at identifying a person’s strengths and taught me to embrace those while offering advice on how to improve my professional skills when I’ve asked for advice. He is a true leader, someone who takes the time out of their busy lives to sincerely help those around them even when there is nothing to gain."

Stephanie Yacono Vasquez Del Mercado - Bilingual Digital and Radio Marketing Strategist


 "John joined Destination Pet as our interim Chief Marketing Officer during a complex/fast-paced moment of extreme change in the business. John was not only an excellent advisor to the Executive Leadership Team but also a supportive value-add partner to the marketing team helping guide us through a turbulent time with strategic and data-driven counsel. John is a straight-shooter whom you can rely on to be there at any moment as an excellent sounding board. He is also someone who isn't afraid to roll up his sleeves to get things done. I highly recommend John to any organization looking for someone to bridge difficult transitions, conduct unbiased assessments and to provide strategic guidance on where to focus to drive value."

Susannah Thompson - Former VP of Marketing, Destination Pet


“I had the privilege of working with John at Clark Retail Enterprises and White Hen Pantry and found him to be a great leader and true professional. Seeing his ability to leverage innovation within his groups, promote collaboration and teamwork as well as his unrelenting focus on flawless execution at every level was truly admirable.” 

Ken Ruona - Former Director, Facilities, Clark Retail Enterprises, Inc.

John Matthews - President & CEO, Gray Cat Enterprises, Inc.

John Matthews is the Founder and President of Gray Cat Enterprises, Inc. a Raleigh, NC-based management consulting company. Gray Cat specializes in strategic project management and consulting for multi-unit operations; interim executive management; and strategic planning. Mr. Matthews has over 30 years of senior-level executive experience in the retail industry, involving three dynamic multi-unit companies. Mr. Matthews experience includes President of Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches; Vice President of Marketing, Merchandising, Corporate Communications, Facilities and Real Estate for Clark Retail Enterprises/White Hen Pantry; and National Marketing Director at Little Caesar's Pizza! Pizza!