INSPIRING EVENTS AND NEWS


“The drive and passion Gary has for life is infectious!”

– J. Steele

WORKSHOPS AND LEADERSHIP SESSIONS

If you are in Columbus, Ohio, you can attend one of my Growth Cube Workshops  which are being held monthly through the rest of the year! The workshops are educational and interactive, and include a panel of CEO’s who have done what you want to do!  It is so exciting to share the concepts from my new book, The Growth Cube™, which is available for pre-order from the book website and will be officially released this summer!  If you are a small business owner or executive leader trying to get to higher levels – check out the The Growth Cube because it is packed with tools and techniques and unique ideas – that I have learned running 5 organizations successfully over the past 16 years!

Talk about Inspiring!  I was a guest on Voice America’s Business Series: ‘Innovative Leaders Driving Thriving Organizations’ with Maureen Metcalf.  Maureen is the current Board President of WCBE Public Radio, and is an author and speaker on Innovative Leadership.  Also, I recently completed a podcast interview with my friends at Conquering Columbus where we talked about my keys to success (so far) in my career and life! Conquering Columbus’ long term hopes is that they become a central hub for all things extraordinary in Columbus, ultimately inspiring those across the city!

Lastly, I recently moderated a Shareholder Focus Group for one of my clients.  I produced the materials and communications, led the event, and provided a high-quality action report within 2 days of the event that was presented to the Board.

Can I help you lead?  Contact me!

STARTUP ACTIVITY

I am a Tech Advisor at Rev1 Ventures and very active in the Ohio Startup Community, and in fact have started 3 companies myself in the past 3 years! Columbus Startup Week is a five day conference with the goal to build momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship.  At the last Columbus Startup Week, I presented a summary of my new startup company, Med-Compliance IQ.  We have raised funding so we are very excited and on our way with our first product called WoundWise – which we believe will revolutionize the treatment of wounds and actually save lives! We will be speaking at a Tech Strategy invite-only event at the OSU Technology Commercialization office, at the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center (DEC), at Innovate New Albany and TechLife Columbus.  My talk in September about ‘Succeeding at Startups and New Product Development‘ at the DEC was very successful!  

SPEAKING AND ANNOUNCING

I would love to speak to your team or your organization.  What topics?  Check out my ‘11 Challenges to Increasing Value‘ – this will give you some ideas to pick from!  I recently spoke to groups at Jewish Family Services and Ability Professional Network – talks were around ‘How to Network with a High-Level Executive’, and ‘Engaging with a Partner’.  You can also check out my blog for potential topics here.

If you pick up some of my tweets on track and field, it’s because I am the Track & Field announcer for Division 1 Olentangy Liberty Patriots High School.  Each season, I announce 5-6 home meets including a state level competitive meet featuring 8 boys and 8 girls teams – the best in Central Ohio.  I also have experience announcing road races and speaking at church.  My goal with announcing and speaking is always the same – to inspire people!

MOTIVATIONAL TALKS 

Need a keynote or conference speaker, or simply someone to spice up your local church group or volunteer meetings?  Connect with me and let’s put something together that can compliment your meeting theme or key idea, and to help inspire those in the audience.  I recently spoke about Building a Culture of Energy at a NAWBO retreat; and have completed 3 talks recently for local organizations on ‘How to Beat Major Life Challenges’! I also had the privilege to do the commencement speech recently at my high school – ask me for a copy of my ‘9 Tips for the Graduating Senior‘.

My goal with these motivational talks is to be a positive influence on the group I am talking with, and to inspire them with tips on how to be stronger mentally, physically, and spiritually!

Let’s work on an Inspiring Event together!

FUND RAISING AND MARATHONS

In 2017, I will have run 10 marathons in the past 8 years and I dedicate my race each year to children fighting cancer.  Why do I do it?  I am going to share an excerpt from my new book, The Growth Cube:

I am going to share something personal with you. I have faced and beaten cancer! Now there is fear staring you in the face. I was so determined to win that I ran a marathon in the middle of radiation treatment. At the same time, I never missed an hour of work. In fact, I kept my work hours up at 70 hours a week the whole way. I did not choose to fight cancer – God chose that battle for me because He wanted me to take my game to the next level. And you know what? It made me a better man. A stronger man! It is one of the most significant and positive events in my life to this point. And it has inspired me to take the fight and the passion to help others with cancer – I call this passion “Gary’s Race,” and it did not end when I beat cancer. It includes fighting for children with cancer at Children’s Hospital who I now run for every year in the Columbus Marathon! I do this to inspire them, and in return they inspire me. I have taken my talks on the road. I have a talk on “How to Overcome Major Life Challenges” – where my message is simple: you can overcome any challenge in life if you strengthen yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually. God is using me to inspire others facing challenges.

 

Last year at the Columbus Marathon, I ran to help my 13-year old friend Melanie, who is currently battling against multiple tumors in her body – she cannot be stopped.  I love her slogan ‘Fight Like a Girl’, she inspires younger girls who look up to her!  In 2015, running for my little Patient Champion Caroline (now cancer free!) and her butterfly, I broke 4 hours and ran my fastest Marathon (3:58; (9:05/mile pace)). I was recently featured by Columbus CEO magazine – which of course is an honor.  This October I will run my 10th marathon in the past 8 years – and I am running for my new friend (tbd!).  You can help me this year – fight this fight – and inspire these young people who need our hope!  If you can donate any amount, please Follow This Link  – we thank you so much!

 

PIC BELOW: Haley Dominique at Childrens Hospital thanks us for our fund-raising efforts at the Columbus Marathon.  We have consistently been in the top 5 individual fund-raiser running at the marathon each year!  That is a result of very supportive family and friends!  Also see pics of Caroline, and Mel, and Ian!

Big fund-raisers