Gary is a former journalist and, from 1973-75, was the editor-in-chief of The Diogenes Review, an English language newspaper in Turkey.
From 1975-77, Gary was a bartender and bar manager at a U.S. club system in Bad Aibling, Germany. Based on his experience there and later accounting classes at Portland State University (PSU), he wrote or co-authored two articles on bar inventory control that were featured as cover stories by two national magazines in 1980. One of these articles was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the National Association of Accountants.
Gary completed his college education at PSU while working as a partner in a local contract maintenance firm from 1978 to 1980. He began his accounting career in 1981 with the firm that is now KPMG Peat Marwick, after graduating from PSU.
Gary is an avid supporter of the arts and civic organizations, and currently serves as the treasurer on the board of Northwest Dance Project. Previously, for twenty years Gary was the treasurer of the advisory board of Ikoi No Kai, a senior citizen nutrition and recreation program. Gary is also a subscriber to several stage and dance programs, and frequently attends music concerts and opera. Gary grew up on the Oregon coast, where he often spends his vacations.
His university education included Seattle University, the University of Maryland in Europe, and PSU, where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business administration in 1980. He passed the CPA exam in November 1980, beginning his professional career with KPMG Peat Marwick in January 1981. He received his CPA license in 1983, and became a Certified Valuation Analyst in 2001. Gary is an Army Security Agency veteran.
Gary started his own firm in 1984, and combined his firm with Sherman, Young & Associates, PC (where he was a shareholder) in 1990. In 2011, Gary returned to practice at his own firm.