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For the past 39 years I have been actively involved in the real estate business, primarily as a real estate developer and consultant. Prior to being in the real estate business, I was a stock broker, and also in the oil business. I have been actively involved in real estate projects all over the world, including, but not limited to: Hawaii, Mexico, Belgium, Egypt, Cyprus, etc.
In the past decade my projects have received awards for Environmental Excellence and Keep Texas Beautiful. Many of the Starrett Development projects have been waterfront oriented. I have always had a keen interest in being a good steward of all lands I have developed
I have an International Appraisal License plus brokers' licenses for Texas and Florida.
Eight years ago I started a 501c.3 foundation, (THE TEXAS FOUNDATION FOR INNOVATIVE COMMUNITIES).
In the past 15 years I have bought 11 ranches in central Texas and have developed each of them into attractive communities specializing in Wildlife management Plans, which provide ag exemptions for the property owners.
B.S. Degree from the University of Houston. Degree in Finance from the New York Institute of Finance. And have taken a myriad of courses world wide on real estate development, plus being a speaker at International Conferences on Real Estate in the United States and Europe.
Graduated from Louisiana Tech with a BS in EE in 1957. Worked for a chemical manufacturer for 3 years until 1960 designing safety circuits for the manufacture of Ammonium Nitrate. Worked for a common carrier trucking company for 11 years until 1971. Started a computer service bureau and ran it for 11 years until 1981. Worked for a bank in marketing and trust for 19 years until 2000. Retired from the bank and formed an investment LLC. Worked as a Registered Investment Adviser from 2000 until the present.
BS in EE from Louisiana Tech in 1957. Graduate study at Indiana University in 1960.</p>
Gary has over 35 years as an IT change agent doing operational turnarounds though Business Process Redesign enabled by IT.
For the past three years Gary was SVP Decisyon Customer Services – the unit responsible for designing, developing and supporting customer applications.
He spent 11 years in Private Equity. Six years as the CIO/Executive in Residence for a $6B fund and five years as the CIO/Partner with a $1.2B fund. Both invested in distressed industries such as automotive and textiles that were in critical need of restructuring. He takes a hands-on approach to finding realistic and practical solutions with a total focus on results.
As the Corporate CIO of Xerox he was on the team that implemented a major strategic change for the company - from making black & white, analog, standalone copiers to color, digital, network devices. His role was to work in the field with Sales to help them meet and understand Xerox’s new customer, the CIO. He sharply improved internal customer satisfaction with IT by implementing a quality improvement team to manage a troubled EDS outsourcing contract.
At Monsanto he was the IT lead of a very large, and successful, global SAP implementation – thousands of users, 4 distinct business units, 41 plants and 7 languages – all in a single, unmodified model. Deploying an innovative technical architecture using SAP’s ALE, the project became a showcase of IT enabled business transformation. He co-founded the SAP Large Implementation Group and worked directly with SAP’s developers in Walldorf. Previously he was the CIO of Monsanto’s Agricultural Division.
He was the CIO of Sithe Energies, a de-regulated electricity producer and trader. At Bristol-Myers Squibb he was the Director, Operations Analysis and Consulting. He was also the CIO of Clairol. He started his career as an Operations Research analyst at Procter & Gamble.
He has served on the Board of Directors of Documentum sold to EMC for $1.6B; Metaldyne, a $2B automotive parts supplier; and Trimas a $1B diversified manufacturer (stock symbol : TRS). His response to a case study “The Strategy that Wouldn’t Travel” was published in the Harvard Business Review .
He holds a MS in Operations Research from Columbia Graduate School of Engineering, a MA in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Mathematics from Tulane University.