I was very fortunate to be hired by Gary Jones for my first programming job. That was over ten years ago. To this day I regard him as one of the strongest, most positive role models I have had in my career. From a technical standpoint, his many years of programming and leadership experience were invaluable to my professional growth at that early stage. His willingness to share his wealth of knowledge made me a better developer. As a manager, he also showed me how an IT shop should be run. He gets the job done with an easy-going leadership style, but never hesitates to be firm when it's appropriate. He is honest, approachable and fair. He listens to his people and genuinely values their opinions and input. He is the kind of leader I try to emulate. I'm also very happy to say that Gary is just a terrific guy. He has a great sense of humor and, much to his credit, encouraged me to be myself at all times. He truly made work an enjoyable experience. I would jump at the chance to work for him again. He has my strongest recommendation for whatever position he is seeking.