Gary graduated from FSU with a degree in Finance. For 36 years he worked for SunTrust Bank and retired in 2003 as a Senior Vice President. However, he did not really retire because, prior to retirement, he purchased Northside Plaza and Self-Storage in Belleview, where he continues to manage that property. In his youth, Gary attended Methodist and Baptist churches in southern Alabama. He would actually drive a farm tractor or ride a horse to church services. As an adult, Gary was a member of the First Christian Church of Ocala for twenty years. He served as a deacon, an elder, and as finance chairman and property chairman. After his marriage to Debbie, he was a member of Central Christian Church and served on the Finance Committee for several years. For the past thirteen years, Gary has been a member of the Leadership Team and has served as Treasurer of Ocala Christian Church. He considers it a blessing to be a member of this congregation.