In 1994, PCI was recipient of the SBA Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the local area, the state, and the region. That same year, PCI was the National Runner-up for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 1995, Gary established PCI's international sales division. He was responsible for multi million dollar sales accounts, working hand in hand with distributors, manufacturing representatives, specifying engineers, and contractors throughout the electrical industry both nationally and internationally. An eighteen-year member of NEMRA and NAED, Gary has sustained strong business relationships through integrity and honesty.

BUSINESS

Currently Gary is the owner and President of Fayette Holdings Limited, a real estate development company. The primary real estate is The Fayette Building, a nationally historic 12 story building, located in downtown Uniontown. When Gary purchased the building in 1997, it was within 30 days of being condemned. Gary's desire is to restore this historic landmark to its original grandeur, while also providing economic growth, revitalization, and development to the downtown area and overall community.

COMMITMENT

As a lifelong resident of Uniontown, Gary has a genuine connection to this community and is looking forward to investing his time into public service to this community, a community he loves and respects.

FAMILY

Gary Gearing, a City Councilman for the City of Uniontown, was born February 9, 1956 in Uniontown, PA. He is the son of Joseph and Shirley Gearing and is married to the former Lisa Kennedy. Together Gary and Lisa have four children, David, Tara, Alison, and Dillon, a daughter in law, Abbey, a son in law, Michael, and one grandchild, Ashton. Both Gary and Lisa are 1974 graduates of Uniontown High School. All four of their children also graduated from UHS, California University of PA, Miami University of Ohio, and The Pennsylvania State University respectively. Their younger son, Dillon, is attending the University Park campus of The Pennsylvania State University.

EDUCATION

Gary graduated from WVU in 1980 with a degree in business. In 1993, he attended the Graduate School of Industrial Administration at Carnegie Mellon University's Entrepreneurial Management Program.

EXPERIENCE

Gary began working in his family business in 1968 at the age of twelve. He continued to work at Perma Cote Industries (PCI) for the next 31 years, until the business sold in 1999. He began his career sweeping floors and ended it as one of the principals, having worked in all aspects of the company including production, shipping and receiving, sales, marketing, and management. Through hard work and tenacity, Gary and the management team were instrumental in the company’s success.