Gary is all about connections — local and global. He creates a daily action plan involving reaching out to customers and meeting with prospective clients. Gary is heavily involved in the communities served by Citizens, from local Chamber meetings to economic development where he positions Citizens’ business solutions. He can also be found at FCHS on Friday nights enthusiastically commentating Varsity Football for broadcast on Citizens’ CCTV (channel 20 and 711).
What is your favorite thing to do on your off time?
I enjoy spending time with my immediate and extended family and following my kids as they both live out their professional lives in the world of entertainment and science. I also enjoy some recreational time on the golf course, and quaint times alone with my wife, the guitar, or my favorite book.
How do you plan to use your Volunteer Time Off?
I plan to volunteer at the Montgomery County Christmas Store.
What are some little known facts about you?
I played and sang bluegrass music in a local folk-country gospel band for over 30 years which included recording two music LP projects. A highlight was performing a song with four generations of my family members on the same stage. I am married to an identical twin and my nickname is Chili.
What is your favorite thing about your home?
Great neighbors, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, quiet space, and indoor plumbing.
What is the secret to a good life?
Faith, family, friends, and fellowship.
What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done for fun?
The scariest was Riding the Shooting Star at Lakeside for the first time, and a second close was going down the Black Diamond at Winterplace for my first downhill skiing attempt; both took my breath away.
Tell us about something on your bucket list.
I would love to do a NASCAR test track ride at Talladega with family member DG.
What was the last show you binge-watched? What made it interesting?
Designated Survivor kept my attention, what an awesome responsibility it would be to suddenly become the leader of the US after the death of the President and the Cabinet.
Are you into podcasts or do you only listen to music?
I enjoy all music which is a universal language, and I do like podcasts. Most recently I listened to Annie F. Downs’ Podcast with special guest Lauren Daigle.
Have you ever disliked something and then changed your mind?
Bluegrass music, but I soon learned to love it once I found out it was a prerequisite to getting married 40 years ago.
What do you remember most about your first job?
Hunting down a 12′ boa constrictor who had escaped from his showcase inside an exotic pet retail store.
Tell us about a pet peeve you have.
The terrible “T”s: Tailgaters and Telemarketers.
What makes you feel most alive?
A warm hug or handshake and a hot cup of coffee with a friend.