Gary Lee Yates: Background and Brief Biography
Gary was born October 7, 1943, in Ravenna, Ohio. A
management consultant and executive coach, Gary received a B.A.
in Government and History and an M.A. in International Affairs
from Florida State University in Tallahassee. He conducted
additional post-graduate work in Political Science at the
University of Georgia at Athens.
Gary worked as a business
consultant and senior manager for Battelle Memorial Institute in
Columbus, Ohio, where he managed multimillion dollar projects
and a department of 300 employees. He conducted projects for
NASA, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Air Force, the Defense
Logistics Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, county and
state governments in Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia,
Texas, and North Carolina, and he also oversaw international
projects in Switzerland, France, Libya and Tunisia.
to 1994, Gary served as a senior manager for the U.S. office of
The Global Hunger Project in San Francisco.
In 1994, Gary
moved to Sonoma County, California, and co-founded, with his
wife, Sunny, effective environments®, a consulting firm
dedicated to providing small businesses and nonprofits with the
tools to produce breakthroughs in accomplishment and
effectiveness. He developed and delivered workshops – and
authored and co-authored more than 30 articles – on subjects
such as effectiveness, time management, project management,
clutter management, board development and the use of coaching as
a methodology for producing results. He served on several
boards of directors including, most recently, the Board of El
Refugio, a battered women’s shelter, in Silver City.
a talented musician who played the trumpet, cornet and guitar
and listened with deep appreciation to nearly every kind of
music. He was also an avid fan of auto racing, a voracious
reader, a lover of wilderness areas and a dedicated
philanthropist, supporting a variety of organizations working to
expand well-being, sustainability and justice in the world. He
had a special place in his heart for dogs.
Gary died July 4,
2008. He is survived by his wife, Sunny, of Silver City, his
mother, Arlene Moore Yates, of Tavares, Florida, his brother,
Ronald Charles Yates, of Orlando, Florida, two daughters, Shawna
K. McHolan of Lake Powell, Utah, and Kayla Renee Yates of
Dublin, Ohio, their mother, Paula Bowman Yates, of Mt. Perry,
Ohio, five grandchildren, and many devoted friends.
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