A native of Elizabeth City, NC, Gary returned home after twenty-three years to work with the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools as Director of Vocational Education. Previously, he worked as the Regional Vocational Consultant over the twenty-two school Districts of Northeastern North Carolina. Upon retiring from public education, Gary went to work as a Realtor with Hall and Nixon Real Estate, Inc. and served as an agent for four years. He brought with him a vast knowledge of the public schools and contacts to many resources in the Albemarle area. Gary is very active in the community. He was on the Board of Directors and served as Treasurer to Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc. He is a member and past Board Member to the Elizabeth City Historic Neighborhood Association and has served on the Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Elizabeth City. Currently Gary is on the Albemarle Area Red Cross Board serving as Vice Chairman.