Gary started his working career mowing and doing grounds at Carl Petronio Construction in Albion, where his father worked. By the time of his retirement, he was president of Allied Builders, the $35 million company Petronio had grown into, with Gary playing a major role in its successes and expansion.
The capping project of his career was the $21 million Richard C. Call Athletic Facility and Student Success Center at Genesee Community College. The firm's accomplishments, even just in Western NY, are too numerous to cite, but include the tennis courts and other renovations at OACS, the Oakfield Wastewater Treatment Plant, several projects for US Gypsum; plus Western Region Off-Track Betting Casino and Thurman Thomas Sports Bar in Batavia, Roberts Wesleyan's Life Fitness Center, RIT's Imaging Science Center, and at least 14 school districts in Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming, and Monroe Counties.
Under Gary's leadership, in 2002 Allied was ranked #2 in the Rochester Business Alliance/Democrat and Chronicle list of fastest growing companies, and Buffalo Business First's list of Top Ten Private Companies.
Following his retirement from Allied, Gary joined Iskalo Development Corporation in Buffalo, overseeing such projects as the 110,000 square foot Big Ditch Brewery North on Transit Road near the Thruway, and shopping center and post office renovations in Hamburg and Lockport respectively.
Gary's community involvement included donating funds to purchase and install batting cages for Oakfield-Alabama Little League, and providing engineering, design and construction services to build the Brockport Fire Department 9/11 Memorial. He also had leadership roles or involvement with the St. Cecilia Church and its men's group, the Oakfield-Alabama Board of Education, and the Oakfield Historical Society.
Gary holds a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in New York. A dedicated father of five and grandfather, he and his wife have lived in Oakfield their entire lives.