Gary had a successful career as a business executive with several grain marketing and transportation firms in which he built his own high-performance teams. His business experience and leadership skills were refined through various executive positions one of which was owner and founder of Trans-Agra, Inc.
In 1980 the United States banned the export of grain to the Soviet Union. This had a devastating effect on Trans-Agra, the barge line which Gary owned, and on Gary himself. The loss humbled Gary to the point where he found himself asking what was truly important and he found the answer in a relationship with God. The years following were impactful ones for Gary. He became a Christian at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, worked hard to rebuild the wealth he had lost and retired.
Retirement however didn't last long! While at Bellevue Gary helped build a ministry to help fathers become better leaders of their families. This included father and child weekends where virtues could be taught through outdoor experiences such as orienteering. This was the seed that started Team Trek and the purchasing of the property in 1994 on which the Team Trek Learning Center now sits in Tumbling Shoals, Arkansas.
Not long into this journey the head of the FedEx Leadership Institute approached Gary about conducting an experiential learning program for FedEx management at Team Trek. Exploring Leadership was the first corporate program created by and conducted at Team Trek.
Today nearly 20 years later, Team Trek is busy "building people and connecting teams". Team Trek's clients, including FedEx, Nestle, L'Oreal, Buckman Laboratories, RockTenn, G6, Extra Space Storage, International Paper, Kraft, Medtronic, Baptist Memorial Health Care, and many more travel from around the globe to experience Team Trek's one-of-a-kind learning center. In 2005 Team Trek Coaching Group, LLC, the executive and team coaching arm of Team Trek was formed. Today, in addition to our Team Trek Learning Center Culture Change, Leadership and Team Building programs, Team Trek serves clients by offering numerous off-site workshops and teambuilding programs, executive and team coaching, team and leadership assessments. However, remembering why and how this all began, and because they remain close to our hearts, Team Trek continues to offer Father/Child as well as Husband/Wife Weekends annually.