The nomination phase is obviously a long one. I think until there are 500 applicants, it shall remain open.
I say give it to Gregory. Now, when it comes to his salary negotiations, offer 125K. He'll try to haggle you to 200K, so counter with 150K. Do not go over 200K. Lets be reasonable here. Allow him access to the private jet, but only twice a week for the first two weeks during the temp period.