Gary has extensive experience profiling individuals, writing features, web copy and enjoys product reviews.
He is passionate about the outdoors, his family (including two standard poodles), reading, theater, cinema, and of course, all types of cuisines.
Gary took up the didgeridoo two years ago and finds as much time as possible to practice. He and his wife moved to Carson City, NV in October of 2013 and spends all of his spare time exploring Reno/Lake Tahoe and other old western towns. He has become interested in the mining culture of the region and the writers (especially Mark Twain) who followed the gold and silver to the state to experience the true wild West.
Gary started his bachelor's degree in 1968 but dropped out of school in 1971 to take a much needed break. He planned to return to school in the fall. Life interfered, and a career in the culinary industry resulted. Twenty-five years later, he did return to school in the fall of 1996. Building on his life experience and his former transcript, he was able to complete his degree in two years.
Pursuing a lifelong dream of writing and teaching led Gary back to school to earn his Master's degree. Working around his busy freelance writing schedule, he was able complete his degree by taking a maximum load of classes each semester (including the summer of 2005). It was a difficult task, but he survived.
Gary has been a food and beverage columnist for magazines, trade publications and food and wine reviewer for newspapers and other outlets. As a certified Working Chef by the American Federation of Chefs and Cooks, Gary worked in the culinary industry for twenty years, twelve of them as a chef and kitchen manager. His knowledge of cuisines include classical French, cajun, southwestern cuisine, and Tex Mex dishes. He continues to stay abreast of evolving trends in the culinary world.
Gary has covered local and national politics on many occasions. He has been a political junkie all of his life and continues to stay abreast of both local, state and national politics. Fiercely independent in his leanings, he finds politics (and politicians) both fascinating and disturbing when party dogmas collide and result in partisan warfare to the detriment of constituents.
Gary's assignments from magazines and newspaper, often require him to capture the moment and elemental essence of areas that draw visitors from across the globe. His ability to "see" beneath the mundane and extract the inherent beauty or ugliness of a region is a strong point in his success as a writer which he continues to develop.
Gary covered the wine industry in Napa Valley for six years including hospitality rooms of some of the best wineries in the nation. As a Food and Beverage columnist for Smart Meetings Magazine for three years, he came to understand the complex job of meeting and convention planners. While working for the Napa Valley Register, his "beat" covered the northern part of the Napa Valley Which included Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga. There hospitality is king and the success or failure of many wineries depends on the presentation of new vintages in there in house hospitality room.
Gary has covered outdoor events for magazines and newspapers that appealed to a wide range of outdoor enthusiasts. From Burning Man to Renaissance Faires to biking the Roaring Forks River outside of Aspen, CO, his approach to these topics generates a tactile connection with the reader and the event to create a visual imagery that captures the moment.
Through his writing jobs for newspapers and magazines, Gary covered a number of topics pertaining to educational issues. As an adjunct college professor of English Composition and Literature for six years, he has first hand knowledge of how the systems work, and more importantly, how they do not work. The last three years Gary has devoted his time to the online learning classroom and understands well the possibilities and future growth the the medium holds for cash strapped institutions. Gary has worked with both Blackboard Vista and the Desire2Learn online platforms. He understands the need for creating an online conversation between students and the school to better engender a positive learning outcome.
Gary has become an avid blogger over the years. He currently writes a blog called Living Large in Carson City that explores a progressive's life in the predominantly conservative state of Nevada. Gary sees blogs as the new "newspapers" of the masses. He believes they offer an immediacy that print publications lack, yet the added feature of allowing readers to interact with their favorite (or not so favorite) writers.
Gary has extensive experience in writing articles that best highlight a company's strengths and experience in their field of expertise. Whether it is an architectural or design firm, or major project undertaking, Gary uses his in depth writing style to highlight what makes the company unique and the best firm for the customer's needs.