For over 20 years Gary brought diverse accounting experience and value to the firm as a partner at DZH Phillips and Executive Member of DZH Phillips Consulting Group. He has worked with, and consulted for, companies in a wide range of industries, including technology, manufacturing, real estate, retail, construction, insurance, service firms, and the not-for-profit sector. Gary also has extensive experience with venture and corporate finance, business valuations, high-net worth individuals, corporate and partnership taxation, and strategic planning.

Gary earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and a Master of Business Administration from Humboldt State University, and pursued additional studies at the University of California at Berkeley.

In December 2011, Gary retired as Partner after winning the Mayoral seat in San Rafael, CA.