President and the CEO of the Kidder Group, Inc.
Gary has worked in Manufacturing and Finance for many years serving as a Manufacturing Supervisor, Quality Engineer, Financial Analyst, Accounting Supervisor, and Strategic Financial Analyst with Kemet Electronics Corporation and Emergent Financial Group. Gary has a BA from Furman University in Business Administration and an MBA from Clemson University and was admitted to the Ph.D. program in Industrial Management at Clemson University. He served as a Deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Greenville for six years from 1999 to 2005 and as Chairman of the Board for Piedmont Women’s Center, a Christian-based Crisis Pregnancy Center, for 2003 and 2004, and he was also Treasurer from 1999 to 2003. In addition, he was on the Board of Directors for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and was Local Chair for SME in 2004 and Program Chair for SME in 2007. In 2005, he was inducted into The President’s Circle for SME. He served on the Board of Directors for APICS and served as Newsletter-Chair of the Chapter in 2007 and local Chairman for 2008, and from 2009 to 2011 he was the Vice President of Careers. He served from 1999 to 2003 on the Board of Directors for the Council of Logistics Management. Gary has also served on the Publicity Committee in 2010 and currently serves on the Membership Committee, 2010 to present, for the Greenville Society of Human Resource Management. In 2005, Gary served as the Chairperson of the judging committee for the Silver Crescent Small Manufacturing Award. In 2010, he joined the Board of Directors of Innovision Technology Awards. In 2011, Gary served as a Judge for the Clemson University Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurship Leadership graduates of the Sustainable Entrepreneurs & Economic Development Certificate Program. In December of 2011, Jerry Foster, the CEO, and Randy Scott, The Chairman of the Board of Emerald Endeavors respectfully asked Gary to sit on their Board of Directors. In 2012, Gary volunteered to become the Ambassador for the State of South Carolina for Hunt of a Lifetime and is organizing the SC Fundraising Extravaganza Weekend; a camp to teach youths the basics of marksmanship, hunting, and cooking native wild game. In 2012, Gary was recognized as a Resource Partner with SCRA and SC Launch. Gary specializes in recruiting in the fields of Executive Management, Manufacturing Management, Engineering, Quality, Finance, Accounting, and Supply Chain Management.