Gary designs and conducts critical skills training programs for client-centric companies who need support as they find their way through a work-from-anywhere reality.
He loves to help people find potential within themselves that they never knew existed.
Thanks to his practical, real-world perspective, Gary finds that it’s a big relief to his clients that he can relate to their struggles because he’s spent many years in their shoes.
After working his way up through various agency and client-side brand marketing positions, Gary spent seventeen years at MDB, a leading independent advertising agency, where he most recently served as Executive Vice President. He went on to found EmpowerBrand, LLC, a marketing consulting and corporate training firm focused on empowering brand marketers to achieve their goals.
With 25+ years in marketing and advertising under his belt, Gary was thrilled to find his true calling when he joined Wild Blue Yonder in 2015.
At Wild Blue Yonder, he works with many of the industry’s top independent and global ad agencies—including Havas Worldwide, IPG, OmnicomGroup, Leo Burnett, Ogilvy, Publicis, and WPP—as well as some of the world’s top consumer brands.
He’s a recognized thought leader and Talent Development Partner for the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s), where he wrote and co-produced the curriculum for the 4A’s Account Management Fundamentals on-demand training program.
Gary lives in Washington, D.C. with his fiancé, Mike, and their fur babies, Sadie and Zuko. After getting engaged in Iceland, they’re planning to be married in Tuscany in September (fingers crossed), and look forward to getting back to eating and drinking their way around the world together.
Sheila founded Wild Blue Yonder to work with ad agencies and other organizations that need both creativity and strategic thinking as drivers of their success.
Before starting Wild Blue Yonder, Sheila was president of her own ad agency in Washington, DC.
She has taught strategy and creativity in the MBA program at Johns Hopkins University and she conducted workshops for the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) in account management relationships and leadership for ad agency groups around the country.
When not in the midst of a pandemic, Sheila leads small groups of travelers all over the world through our sister company, Wild Blue Yonder Trips.
She spends a couple of months a year in France; she’s hiked in such places as the Sahara, the Amazon, the Himalayas, and all over western Europe; and twice she has done a solo trek across England.