Gary graduated from Penn State University, where he played football for Coach Joe Paterno. Navy OCS and Supply Corps School preceded active duty at Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland, and the U.S. Naval Academy. At USNA he earned commendations for superior menus and exceptional financial management of the Food Services, providing three meals daily plus auxiliary services for more than 4,200 Midshipmen. After the Navy, he owned a deli/cheese shop on the City Dock in Annapolis, a casual seafood restaurant featured in Southern Living Magazine, and a formal “white table cloth” restaurant named “One of the 100 Best New Restaurants in America” by Esquire Magazine.
As General Manager of The New Seabury Resort and Country Club on Cape Cod, in one year he turned a half million-dollar loss into a quarter million-dollar profit. In contract operations, he was a District Manager for all National Park Service concessions, restaurants, and recreation areas on the Mall, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and Tidal Basin in Washington.
He was Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) Director on Naval Base, Norfolk, and turned officer and enlisted clubs into profit centers when Appropriated Fund support was eliminated. Following this, Gary partnered with a franchise owner in Northern New Jersey to build and open nine bagel restaurants in three years. He concluded his career in Food Service and Hospitality as the National Sales Director for Host Marriott Services where he built a branded Marketing Program, installed it in 92 airports and 16 toll-road travel plazas to capture group tour/travel business, and increased overall sales by 8%-12% in evaluated units.
On board and instrumental in the founding of HWMGroup in 2004, Gary was a part of the successful transitioning from a broker shop to Registered Investment Advisor firm. With 14 years as a Stockholder, Officer, and Director, in 2018 he was elected President. He is a dedicated, focused, business financial manager honored to help lead the HWMGroup team into the future.
In serving the community, Gary finds time to run “The Victors,” a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, partnering with the City of Norfolk to provide a summer baseball program to mentor, coach, and love deserving children who can benefit from the experience.
Gary lives in Virginia Beach, has three grown children in the area, and enjoys time with his six grandchildren.