Prior to his formation of the Vireo Group with John Gibson, Mr. Boardman was a Principal and Senior Vice-President of Development for Hull Storey Gibson Companies, LLC which owned and operated a retail portfolio of 13 million square feet in eight states. Prior to joining Hull Storey Gibson, Mr. Boardman served over twenty years as the CEO of Boardman Petroleum and Charter-Triad Terminals. At Boardman Petroleum Mr. Boardman identified sites, negotiated for their acquisition and then developed, owned and operated over 75 convenience stores, travel centers and quick service food locations throughout the Southeast before selling the retail chain to Circle K in 1999. Additionally, over twenty expansion retail pads were sold for convenience stores. Charter-Triad, which owned and operated nine large petroleum storage facilities in the Southeast handling gasoline, diesel, butane and jet fuels, was sold to Kinder-Morgan Energy Partners in late 2004.
A native Augustan, Clay has extensive experience redeveloping mixed use, large scale, historic rehabilitation projects in Augusta including the Enterprise Mill (250,000 sf), Sutherland Mill (55,000 sf), Houghton School, the Widow’s Home and the William Robinson School.
Clay serves or has served as a director on the boards of United Distributors, Music with Friends, LLC, Sixthman, LLC, MacDuff Group, First Union/Wachovia, First Bank of Augusta, Security Federal Bank, Thomson Oak Flooring, Inc., Global Emergency Resources and Floor and Decor Outlets of America.
Clay is devoted to many civic causes and has served or chaired the boards of the Community Foundation for the CSRA, Georgia Health Sciences Foundation, Augusta Preparatory Day School, Augusta Warrior Project, Turn Back the Block, Augusta Tomorrow, FORE Augusta Foundation, Paine College, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Augusta, Georgia Cities Foundation and the Georgia Historical Society.
Clay is very proud of his family, his three children, Clayton, Carter and Catherine, and is an active communicant and former officer of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.