Gary was a local and state FFA officer from Denmark, Wisconsin. In 1973 he graduated from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls with a degree in Animal Science. Gary was in the feed industry with for eighteen years working with feed dealers and consultants making over 1,000 calls on dairy farms a year.
Gary spent seventeen years with the Citizens State Bank of Loyal as an agricultural loan officer and worked his way up to President and CEO where he serves on the Board of Directors. He graduated from the Graduate School of Banking in Austin, Texas. He did business primarily with dairy producers. Actively involved in the state of Wisconsin, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program. Gary served as state and national director of the Independent Community Bankers of America and chair on the national agricultural committee. Gary chaired the advisory board of the University of Wisconsin at River Falls and is an emeritus member of the Board of Visitors advisory board for the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Science. Gary has taught the financial portion of a 234 course at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He chaired the Governor’s Task Force on Growing Agriculture in Wisconsin. In January 2008 he was asked to be on the Advisory Council on Agriculture, Industry and Labor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Gary joined the Vita Plus Corporation on October 1, 2008 a plus 400 employee owned nutrition firm based in Madison, Wisconsin. He is helping in developing financial training tools for the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin and writes for Hoard’s Dairyman and many other agricultural publications. Gary has given many presentations in Wisconsin, the U.S. and internationally.
Gary has been married to his wife Linda for forty-five years. They have three adult children and four grandchildren.