Charles "Chuck" R. Grey
Chuck is a life-long resident of New Port Richey. He attended Pierce (where the City Library stands) and Richey Elementary Schools, Gulf Junior High (now Schwettman) and Gulf Senior High (now Gulf Middle) in New Port Richey. He graduated from St. Petersburg Jr. College with an Associate of Arts degree.
Chuck entered the United States Navy and attended Naval Intelligence School before being sent to active duty in South Vietnam. Chuck’s tour spanned 1968-1972, placing him in Vietnam, Europe and Homestead, Florida. Three of his sons are officers in the United States Army and have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Returning to New Port Richey in 1972, Chuck joined the family real estate firm of F. I. Grey & Son, Inc. He received extensive training in commercial investment real estate, and became a candidate for Certified Commercial Investment Member of the National Association of Realtors. Chuck is currently Vice President and Broker of F. I. Grey & Son, Inc. Commercial Realtor.
Chuck’s fascination with America’s favorite pastime, baseball, stem from his days as with the West Pasco Little League where he was a ball player, All-Star Team member, Director, Coach, Umpire & Chief. He also coached for Hudson Little League, Hudson P.A.L., and New Port Richey P.A.L.
Chuck’s concern and interest in the future of West Pasco has led him to become deeply involved in programs that impact the direction of the community. In 1993, he was appointed to serve on the Pasco County Planning and Zoning Board, currently serving as Chairman. Chuck has served as Vice Chairman of the Port Richey Planning and Zoning Board and as Co-Chair of New Port Richey’s Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board. He is also a graduate of Leadership Pasco Class of 2001, a member of the Pasco County Charter Advisory Committee and a past member of the 6th Judicial District Grievance Committee for the Florida Bar Association.
Chuck’s efforts were instrumental in the acquisition of parkland for the City of New Port Richey. He helped secure an 80 acre, riverfront park site by assisting the city in obtaining one-half of the needed funds from the State of Florida and a $175,000 donation from one of his clients (a land owner) as well as making an additional, personal cash contribution to offset a portion of the development costs. This effort took several years to complete. He was also instrumental in the City of Port Richey’s acquisition of a 7 acre waterfront park site and obtaining a 100% grant from the State of Florida to fund the purchase.
Chuck contributes to a number of nonprofit organizations as a volunteer board or committee member; these include the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Pasco County and Chasco Fiesta. Chuck has been instrumental in shaping the Chasco Fiesta event over the years. Chuck helped to set the framework for the “new” Chasco Fiesta in 1993 beginning the move to New Port Richey's downtown and setting up Gold Medal Sponsorship levels for the first time, as well as, introducing a music segment to the event, which has become extremely popular and widely attended. Chuck was Co-Chairman in 1995, becoming Entertainment Chairman and Member Steering Committee member in 1996 remaining in the position to the present day.
Chuck’s professional association affiliations include West Pasco Board of Realtors, Florida Gulf Coast Commercial Association of Realtors, Realtors National Marketing Institute, National Association of Realtors, Florida Association of Realtors, International Brokers Association, and Florida Commercial Brokers Network.
Chuck’s professional recognition includes Realtor of the Year and Realtor Associate of the Year awards, in addition to numerous Committee Chairman, Presidential and Past President Awards presented by the West Pasco Board of Realtors. Chuck was designated to the Coldwell Banker Diamond Society for Multi-Million Dollar Production. He received the Florida Gulf Coast Commercial Association of Realtors Pinnacle Award. Chuck has been presented the Program Chairman Award, Paul Harris Fellow and Community Service Awards by the New Port Richey Rotary Club. His Military commendations include the Vietnam Service and Vietnam Campaign medals and the Meritorious Unit Citation for Service in Vietnam.
Chuck has been a member of the New Port Richey Rotary Club for over 20 years, serving as program chairman and helping with general fundraising. He is also a member of the Port Richey Rotary Club where he has been active in raising funds for community projects for over 5 years.
Chuck has been a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church since birth, the very church that was founded in his great grandmother Casey’s home on Orange Lake in 1922. Chuck has served as an altar server, minister of communion and counsel, and realtor to the parish for many years.Chuck is father to 7 children, 3 biological and 4 adopted. He and his wife, Cindy, have been married for 46 years.