Gary brings over 35 years of experience in business development and lending in the banking and finance industries, specializing in client growth strategies.
Gary A. Blair joined Addicus in 2016 as a Senior Strategist, where he serves as a leading Business Development Executive helping Addicus Clients and Strategic Advisors develop and execute proven strategies to achieve unique goals. His expertise lies in finance and budgetary matters, sales and marketing, team leadership and development, and operations.
Gary specializes in seeing the holistic picture of a client’s assets and liabilities, so they may work hand in hand to accomplish multiple goals across personal finances, taxes, and/or succession planning considerations. Most importantly, Gary prides himself in serving as a liaison between Addicus, Clients, and Advisors to securely and efficiently gather all resources and information into one collaborative action plan.
Prior to joining Addicus, Gary worked at Southern AgCredit, ACA as a Relationship Manager and Vice President for eight years where he increased total loan volume by $40 million during his tenure. Previously, he worked throughout multiple locations for Land Bank South, FLCA as Senior Vice President serving in several capacities including lending and loan servicing, business development, and team development for eight years. Under his leadership, three branches saw total volume more than double to over $250 million in total. Prior to this role, he worked at multiple locations for the Federal Land Bank Association of South Mississippi for twenty-five years.
Gary graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Agribusiness and a Bachelor of Business Administration. He is a Licensed Insurance Agent in Medical, Health, and Disability in Mississippi.
Gary has received the Lions International Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, Mississippi State University Alumni Association J.E. “Red” Ruffin Annual Fund Award, and the Mississippi State University Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award. He was presented the Mississippi Forestry Association Distinguished Service Award. His additional honors include being named the Mississippi State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumnus of the Year and Brookhaven Lion of the Year.
He is a member of Mississippi Ducks Unlimited, Mississippi State University Alumni Association, and Mississippi State University Bulldog Club. He previously was on the Board of Brookhaven Academy Education Foundation, Brookhaven Lions Club, Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts, Mississippi Baptist Foundation, Mississippi Forestry Foundation, Mississippi Kids Count, Mississippi State University Alumni Association, Mississippi State University Foundation, and currently serves on the National Association of Conservation Districts Executive Committee. Also, he served as President for the Mississippi Chapter of American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.
Gary resides in Starkville, Mississippi with his wife Johanna and their son. When he is not working or spending time with his family, Gary is passionate about community involvement. He is an avid supporter of multiple Brookhaven organizations, Council for Agricultural Research Extension and Teaching, and First Baptist Church of Brookhaven.Contact vCard firstname.lastname@example.org 601.757.3345