Jerry Greene was born in 1947 in the town of Banner Elk, North Carolina. He grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina and attended Clemson University, graduating in 1969 with a degree in Geology and Math.
Upon graduating from Clemson, Greene was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S, Army Corps of Engineers. After attending the Engineer Officer Basic Course in Fort Belvoir, Virginia he became basic training instructor at Fort Gordon, Georgia until he was transferred to Vietnam in March, 1970. There he was awarded numerous awards, including two Bronze Stars for valor and three Purple Hearts. Greene continued to serve in the U.S. Army in various other engineering and logistics positions in the United States, Korea, and Germany for 22 years. While serving in Germany he attended night school and earned a Master's Degree in Management from Troy State University in 1982.
In December 1991, the day after he retired from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel, he joined Eastern Foods, Inc., now known as Naturally Fresh, Inc., as a Facilities Engineer and Manager. In April 1993, Greene was promoted to Vice President of Production. In July, 1996 he was promoted to Executive Vice President and in 1997 to Chief Operating Officer (COO). In February, 1999 he was promoted to Acting President and then to President in December, 2000. Today, he continues to serve as President and Chief Operating Officer of Naturally Fresh.