Gary is a third generation farmer from Henry County. He has 300 crop acres in addition to his 9,500 head wean-to-finish hog farm.
He has been very involved in IPPA, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), and the National Pork Board (NPB) over the years. He served as an at-large director on the IPPA board from 2002-2007, serving as president in 2006. From 2008-2013 he served as a board member on the NPPC board. In 2015 he was elected to the NPB board where he is currently serving.
Gary and his wife, Barbara, have two daughters Bonnie (Alex) Smith and Robin Grvert. Gary is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Geneseo and a Trustee of the Osco-Andover Fire District.