About

Gary Garris is a senior insurance and financial service professional and Founder of Ventura Consulting LLC. He has worked for companies like Prudential Financial, AIG Ernst & Young and MetLife where he has led a number of initiatives aimed at enhancing organizational capability and performance. Gary has a Master’s in Management from Thomas Edison College and is Six Sigma certified. He received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University.

Gary grew up in Paterson, New Jersey and attended Eastside High School under the reign of tough talking bat wielding Principal, Joe Clark as featured in the movie Lean on Me. Gary provides mentoring and coaching advice to young people from the inner city and supports a number of local charities.

He is an avid writer and author of Odd Man Out – Fighting for Visibility in Corporate America. His new blog Street Smart Business Sense (streetsmartbizsense.com) features motivational articles and topics aimed at inspiring and mentoring those who feel that they are on the outside looking in. He can be reached at glgarris@aol.com.

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