Gary grew up boating as a youngster in sunny St Petersburg, FL. Like all the kids on the block they all had their 10’-12’ boats with sub-10 HP outboards. In their regattas they discovered Tampa Bay, camping on islands and loving the water. After acquiring an Arrowglass Puma with an 85 HP Johnson at 20 years old his nautical horizon then changed when he moved to Atlanta a few years later. There he was successful in Information Technology and started a business-oriented Internet Service Provider in 1996. While he gained his Private Pilot rating at Albert Whitted Field in St Petersburg he progressed in Atlanta through multiengine and flight instructor (CFIIME) ratings eventually flying for a living. Gary completed the last semester of his Batchelor of Arts in Management from Eckerd College remotely while in Atlanta.
After his father passed away, Gary decided to purchase a Hunter 29.5 sailboat in St Pete. The thought was “ I don’t want to wait until I was 70 years old to do the things I always wanted to do”. Then later in 2010, Gary started an American Sailing Association sailing school, SmarterSail. Based in St Pete and for a while summers in Annapolis, SmarterSail offers only private sailing lesson to solo, couple and family sailors. In 2014 Gary was selected as an Outstanding Instructor (top 1 ½ %) by his students and peers. Gary also taught on-the-water seminars in the Miami Boat Show for 5 years and has done many sailboat deliveries as far North as NYC, South as far as Belize and St Martin. Now happily back in St Pete Gary has begun his career in Yacht Sales to match clients with appropriate yachts and successfully guide them through the buying and selling process. Protecting the client’s interests during the sale and providing the “local knowledge” in provisioning, where to dock and even deliver their yachts comes with the territory. Gary says, “ I don’t know whether it’s a blessing or a curse to want to do what you love for a living. It takes some of the romance out of it, but you do things never possible with just as a hobby. It’s been totally worth it.”