President, American Associates of Ben-Gurion University
Gary founded Gallium Real Estate in 2015 to co-invest in and develop multi-family residential and self-storage projects. He was previously the chief executive officer and currently serves on the board of Edison Properties, a real estate development and operating company that owns and operates Manhattan Mini Storage and Edison ParkFast, having worked 22 years in the business.
While at Edison, he led teams in the development of eight Manhattan Mini Storage projects totaling over 1.5 million square feet; the Ludlow, a 243-unit multi-family project in the Lower East Side of Manhattan; and the repositioning of the Hippodrome Building in Midtown.
Previously, Gary worked for Tishman Realty and Construction as a project engineer on commercial projects in Atlantic City, Jersey City, and Manhattan. He started his career in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a naval nuclear submarine officer.
Gary is an alumnus of the AABGU Zin Fellows Leadership Program. He enjoys his passion for the development of the Negev through his work with AABGU and the OR Movement. Both are working to realize David Ben-Gurion's vision for the Negev and Israel.
Gary has served organizations with leadership roles on the board of directors and as president of the Self-Storage Association, as chairman of the board of the New York City-based Partnership for the Homeless, and on the Real Estate Board of New York. He has focused his service in education on the board of Philips Academy Charter School, Schools That Can, KIPP: New Jersey, and BRICK Education in Newark: four organizations working to change lives through effective cross-sector education in our cities. His Jewish nonprofit service at Greater MetroWest Federation has been on the boards of Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life and MetroWest Jewish Camp Enterprise.
Gary earned a B.S. degree in computer science from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He is married to Archie Gottesman and has three daughters: Lilli, Sophie and Ella.