Gary was born and raised in south Florida. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University while working as a draftsman and after a short tour in the US Navy. After college, he went to work for a real estate subsidiary of Westinghouse Electric and became a specialist in land planning, environmental legislation and governmental affairs. He finally escaped Florida when he was in his mid 40's to live in a four season climate in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, north of Philadelphia. After a few years as one of the first amateur "day traders", he went back to work acquiring land for builders in several states. He was married for 45 years and has five children and six grandchildren. Three of his children are adopted Korean siblings. He is in Nashville as a result of the his youngest daughter's battle with cancer, and the Make-A Wish Foundation which granted her wish to "be a Christian recording artist". He currently works as a real estate broker, specializing in finding land for builders, and managing the planning and entitlement process for new developments.
Gary began his career during the birth of what is now known as "sustainability". Out of college, he was a member of the team that created the "Electra III" demonstration home in south Florida - which achieved up to 70% energy savings over comparable homes at the time. He participated as an industry representative in the drafting and implementation of Florida's Environmental Land and Water Management Act, and the creation of some of it's most notable communities. He managed large, complex projects from feasibility analysis and site acquisition through planning, engineering, entitlements, construction and marketing. Mr. Armstrong is a creative thinker, challenging his team to incorporate cutting edge practices and technologies to achieve sustainable, practical and visually stunning results. The 2400 acre community of Bonita Bay in southwest Florida, where he was President and CEO for the first ten years, “championed environmental sustainability before it became a planning concept” according to the Urban Land Institute in the publication Great Planned Communities. He was also a key player in the design and implementation of the 2100 acre Pelican Bay community and the reintroduction of distinctive "Old Florida" architectural elements with their passive energy efficient benefits. Current activity includes a focus on the needs and wants of the "Boomer" generation.
I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God and have personally accepted His gift of salvation. I believe the Bible is God's inspired revelation to man and I endeavor to live in obedience to its principles and commands. I am a member in good standing of a local church and support the work of Christ with my time, talents and financial resources (or am seeking out a church to be involved in this way).