garytomlinsonGary Tomlinson: Business Consultant / Executive Coach / Interim CXO / Motivational Speaker / Educator / Author / Serial Entrepreneur

Gary’s Mission is to improve the lives and businesses of those he serves by providing great value, knowledge and practical methodology.

His guiding coalition is that “the golden rule not only makes good moral sense, but it makes good business sense too.”

He believes that given the pace and nature of change in today’s business environment, the level of an organization’s resiliency is going to depend upon the resources it devotes to the development of its people. As the rate of change increases, the willingness and ability to keep learning become central to career success for individuals and to economic success for organizations.


About Gary Tomlinson:

Gary has been an entrepreneur and business owner for over 40 years. His experience has taught him a lot, but the pursuit of business education has taught him even more. He believes when you combine great business education with your own business experience the outcome you’ll receive is far greater than the sum of its parts.

Today, Gary is a student first, a teacher second and a servant always. His primary focus is on these disciplines:

1. As a business consultant and executive coach, Gary works with leadership teams around the whole idea of execution and execution management. Most companies are  good with the strategic side of the equation. However, most struggle with the execution side. This is why execution and execution management are such hot topics. Gary has spent over a decade really digging into this part of the equation and figuring out what makes execution work. And he’s done it! Click here to learn more.

2. As a Motivational Speaker, Gary speaks on the topics of leadership, communication and organizational execution. His presentations are informative, engaging and interactive and are always designed for audience members to have valuable takeaways they can use right away. Click here to learn more.

Gary’s Bio: 

A distinguished consultant, Gary Tomlinson puts his lifelong learning and 40+ years of experience to work helping senior executives discover and apply “execution.” Designed to bridge the huge gap between planning and implementation, Gary’s unique approach has helped guide many organizations on the journey to master execution as a competency. As a founding member of the Keyne Institute, he employs the KeyneLink process to help clients successfully clarify and achieve their strategic objectives year after year.

Having founded six successful businesses, Gary is well versed in the areas of entrepreneurship, leadership, organizational execution, and communication; and he speaks regularly on such subjects, including lecturing at North Carolina State University’s College of Management for over 28 years. His favorite keynote topics include: Strategy Rich, Execution Poor – Discovering Execution, Art of Telling – Communicating Your Way to the Top, and Making Change When Change is Hard. At the core of each talk, Gary’s guiding mission is that the golden rule not only makes good moral sense, but it makes good business sense too.

From the time he was an operating room technician more than 40 years ago, Gary saw the value in learning by doing, as well as by teaching. Later, as the youngest pioneer of US Surgical stapling instruments, he went the extra mile for his customers by providing one-on-one training, in-service programs, and workshops.

In 1978, when Gary co-founded his second business, a medical equipment home care company, he capitalized on his teaching skills and love of learning to create corporate culture that thrived on team work, collaboration, community learning, and outside experts – concepts that were unheard of at the time.

When Gary founded Med Covers, Inc., a medical manufacturing company in 1984, his creative thinking and leadership philosophy had a profound impact on the firm and its growth. By adopting a unique objective – “to lead and do business with the human spirit as the firm’s primary customer” – it became clear that it valued and built on its core competencies. This, in turn, enabled Med Covers to obtain and retain their customers – and drive profits.

Gary is a founding board member of Comfort Zone Camp of North Carolina, a bereavement camp for children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver.

After earning a Bachelor of Science from Randolph-Macon College, Gary became a Certified Cardiac Technician (full-paramedic) through Eastern Virginia Medical School. Today, he and his wife Sara live in Raleigh, North Carolina.