The Solomon Software Years
Following several years of working for the Ohio State University (BA and MBA in Computer Science) and Marathon Oil, Gary co-founded and became CEO of Solomon Software, originally named “TLB, Inc.” (The Lord’s Business) headquartered in Findlay, Ohio. Under Gary’s leadership from 1980 through 2000, Solomon Software grew to more than 400 employees and $60 million in revenue, servicing over 40,000 clients worldwide, and was sold to Great Plains Software in 2000.
A detailed oral history of Gary’s journey with Solomon is preserved at the Computer History Museum. A pictorial history of Solomon Software has been preserved on Facebook: Solomon Software History.)
Microsoft acquired the combined Great Plains and Solomon organizations in 2001, and located a software development and support campus in Findlay, Ohio until 2004. When Microsoft consolidated their development locations, Gary founded a new organization with these resources and established Plumbline Solutions, a software engineering service firm for Microsoft Independent Software Vendors (ISV) and Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) Channel Partners. The former Solomon product continues to be developed and supported by Solomon Cloud Solutions (formerly Plumbline Solutions), as Microsoft Dynamics SL.
As a Business Author
In 2004, Gary published “Six Disciplines for Excellence: Building Small Business That Learn, Lead and Last”, which became an award-winning step-by-step book for continual business performance improvement. The book details the Six Disciplines methodology, a holistic business-building process based on proven best-practices in strategy, planning, organizing, executing, innovating and organizational learning.
In 2008, Gary released his second book, “Six Disciplines Execution Revolution: Solving The One Business Problem That Makes Solving All Other Problems Easier.” Amazon customers ranked it in the Top 10 of all Business Books for 2008, and 800-CEO-READ ranked it in the Top 25 Best-Sellers for 2008. It was also named a finalist in the Entrepreneurship & Small Business category of the National “Best Book” 2008 Award by USABookNews.com, and it received the Bronze in the Entrepreneurship category of the 2009 Axiom Business Book Awards, designed to honor the year’s best business books and their authors and publishers. Since its original publishing, the book has been translated for the Portuguese, Korean, and Hungarian markets, and is published and marketed in India.
As a Teacher, Keynote Speaker, and Thought-Leader
Gary is a dynamic teacher and insightful keynote speaker who challenges and motivates his audiences. His presentations weave together the principles that are the foundation of the Six Disciplines strategy execution coaching program, with humor, wisdom, energy, and incisive anecdotes from his many years of business management experience. He’s conducted hundreds of presentations, keynote addresses and specialized webcasts on a variety of practical topics related to strategy and execution.
Gary’s also been recognized during the past several years as being one of the Top 100 of the nation’s top thought-leaders in management and leadership by Leadership Excellence magazine. Because of his expertise, Gary is also frequently interviewed and quoted by national and local media for newspaper and magazine articles, as well as for podcasts, radio, and TV interviews.
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