2010 Hall of Fame: Gary Garner - More Work, Less Talk
Perhaps the two men who have left a lasting impression on Garner are Japs-Olson's Bob Murphy (a 1993 Hall of Fame inductee) and Jerome Carlson, who is retired from then-Instant Web Companies. Both are printing legends in Minnesota, yet have different but successful styles, according to Garner, who worked with them on the trade association board for many years.
In the final analysis, Garner wants to be known as a printing executive who isn't afraid to get his hands dirty, and who truly cares about the people in his employ. "I want to be remembered as a guy who would never tell someone else to do something I have not done or wouldn't do myself," Garner says. "I try to make a positive difference in people's lives and provide an environment where they can flourish, both personally and professionally."
To that list one can add empowerment, says Rick Reisgraf of Carlson Advisors, who has worked with GLS for many years, and also lists passion and vision among Garner's other top attributes. "Gary has built a strong management team over the years, and gives a great level of responsibility to his staff and managers," Reisgraf says.
Marsha and Gary Garner have been married for 32 years and have two children: Amy, 27, and Adam, 26. They like to travel and recently enjoyed a "fabulous experience" in Italy. Europe, in general, fascinates Garner.
He also enjoys playing golf with son-in-law Jason, but perhaps his top non-family, non-printing passion is restoring street rods and older cars. One of his more recent automotive rehabs is a 1940 Ford panel truck, which bears the GLS logo, boasting air ride suspension and a big block engine with blower. Did Garner do most of the work himself?
"Does writing checks count?" he jokes. PI
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