Gary is also a Professor: UNC Chapel Hill and an Award-Winning Keynote Speaker.
I have worked in technology, branding and marketing for more than 25 years. I am the founder of rAVe [PUBS], the leading global AV news publication, and director of THE rAVe Agency, a full-service creative agency. Prior to rAVe, I served as vice president of sales and marketing for Extron and executive VP at AMX Corporation, now Harman International. In addition, I’ve either helped create or assisted on dozens of branding campaigns for tech companies.
A graduate of the UNC school of journalism, I’m now a teaching assistant professor at my alma mater. I teach multiple courses, like new media and its impact on the future of advertising, marketing and PR and a personal and professional branding class. And, in 2016, I received the UNC journalism school’s Adjunct Professor of the Year award.
I’ve been the keynote speaker at more than 310 technology shows and events — thanks to my marketing and branding expertise but I’m told I get asked to deliver keynotes because of my entertaining and approachable speaking style (well, i try!). In 2019, I was even recognized as one of DataBird’s 100 Best Keynote Speakers in the USA.
Outside of my professional accomplishments, I’m most proud of my involvement in co-founding the Swim for Smiles Foundation — a non-profit based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, that hosts athletic events for local kids to raise money for the UNC and Duke children’s hospitals. Between 2005 and 2013, the foundation raised more than $300,000.
Finally, I have two amazing daughters — one is a collegiate-level swimmer at Pepperdine University and the other works at an advertising agency in New York City. When I’m not with my daughters, I spend my free time traveling, at Disney parks, volunteering and racing in triathlons. (I’ve done more than 60 — including racing the infamous Escape from Alcatraz five times.)