Gary Cohen

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Gary Cohen

Gary is a seasoned business professional with deep multidisciplinary experience working across numerous industry sectors. He is an expert in global trade, international business and trade relations, and has been interviewed globally in broadcast and print media regarding global trade and trade policy. He has made appearances on China Global Television Network, NOS Dutch National Television, POTUS Radio (Sirius/XM), WBAL Radio and Baltimore and Washington Network Television. He has been published in USA Today, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Hill, Investor’s Business Daily, Morning Consult and other local publications.

Gary is the Founder and CEO of GAC Global Partners, offering Business Growth and Strategy Advisory Services and Executive, Leadership and Career Coaching. He is certified in 6 different assessments, holds the CPC credential with the International Coach Academy, the PCC credential with the International Coach Federation and one of 35 people globally to hold the ACP credential from 24x7 Assessments. Gary is the creator of the CareerSurge Framework, a proprietary program focused on all aspects of leadership development and career growth. Gary has coached executives at SMEs and Fortune 500 companies.

As a past corporate executive, Gary served as President and CEO of Botanical Solutions, a hemp and CBD processing company. Prior to this role, he held several senior executive and c-suite positions in his corporate career in the DIY sector of the CPG industry, with a focus on business growth and strategy, strategic global sourcing and international distribution. Gary served as president of two international distribution firms and executive vice president of a consumer products firm. He was also a Clinical Professor of International Business, Global Trade, Supply Chain Management and Marketing for the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and served for four years as Associate Dean of the Business School.

Professional Accomplishments:
1. Led the successful turnaround of a middle market protective apparel firm
2. Successfully launched 3 start-ups that were then packaged for sale
3. Became an expert in Global Trade and served as a regular commentator on global television news, podcasts and syndicated radio
4. One of 35 people in the world with an Advanced Certified Practitioner Credential from Assessments 24x7
5. Created the proprietary and signature CareerSurge Framework for Leadership Development
6. Served as Associate Dean and Clinical Professor at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland
7. Helped several companies with Business Growth and Strategy Consulting
8. I delivered a TedX Talk that was well received and has 10,000 views on YouTube

Awards and Commendations:
• 10 Time Winner of Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Maryland
• 2 Time Winner of Krowe Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Maryland

Professional Certifications:
• Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP), Nasbite International
• Certified Professional Coach (CPC), International Coach Academy
• Professional Certified Coach (PCC), International Coach Federation (ICF)
• Advanced Certified Practitioner (ACP), 24x7 Assessments
• DISC Assessment Certification, 24x7 Assessments
• Motivators Assessment Certification, 24x7 Assessments
• EQI-2 Emotional Intelligence Assessment Certification, 24x7 Assessments
• HVP Critical Thinking Assessment Certification, 24x7 Assessments
• Learning Styles Assessment Certification, 24x7 Assessments

1. Kimo Kippen (former C-Suite Executive of Fortune 300 Company): Gary has great experience in his career as a senior corporate executive, business strategy consultant, certified executive & leadership coach, and Associate Dean of a prominent business school. He brings a variety of skills that would be valuable in the boardroom. As a seasoned and trained coach, Gary knows how to connect with people where they are and is an outstanding motivator. He asks the right questions, probing to get to the heart of the matter, is innovative and skilled in navigating difficult situations. As a former executive for a Fortune 500 company, I am happy to recommend Gary for a board position!

2. Peter Gibbons (former C-Suite Executive of Fortune 250 Company): Gary has a fascinating set of experiences having navigated business, academia and consulting successfully. Over the years we collaborated on many projects and with each Gary brought his unique chemistry of positive energy, an eye for talent, a strategic outlook and the curiosity to find better ways to satisfy customers. His ability to ask the right question, to probe into the heart of the issue and to do this always with positive intent is a great skill. His business acumen and experience would be a great addition to any company board.

3. Michael Ward (C-Suite Executive): Gary Cohen and I have worked together or known each other for over a decade. I have known him as a senior executive, as a Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business, and as a business partner. Gary’s exceptional emotional intelligence combined with his outstanding communications and analytical skills, make him the very best type of leaders: one who leads by example. We first interacted when Gary, as a Professor, led a team of MBA students on a consulting project for a company, on whose Board I served. He deftly led those students and set them up for success by keeping them focused on the long-term Client objectives and providing a structured process for how the MBA team could help us. He did not do their work for them, but he inspired them to do their very best work. Based on that experience, and Gary 's manifest abilities and temperament, I have recruited him multiple times to partner with me on business opportunities or to consult for organizations, where I was a senior executive. All of these situations were for high-stakes investment or partnering decisions. Gary’s management, strategic analysis and communication skills helped guide me and the organizations to make the correct decisions and how best to implement those decisions. I recommend Gary without reservations as a Board member and executive leader and am glad to be directly contacted on his behalf.

4. Steve Zwagil (C-Suite Executive): I have had the great pleasure knowing Gary Cohen for nearly 40 years. During that time, Gary has been a trusted adviser, coach, mentor, and business partner. Gary has a unique blend of deep practical business experience coupled with a deep understanding of business best practices; the rare combination of “street” smarts and “book” smarts.

Gary has an ability to process complex business issues and synthesize them down to their core, more easily addressable, components. On numerous occasions, I have seen Gary quickly cut through the “BS” to get to the heart of the matter, while others are either buried in the weeds or focused on less relevant aspects of a particular business situation.
One cannot talk about Gary without noting that he is an extremely caring, compassionate, and empathetic human being. He cares deeply about the constituents he has served – whether it be employees, shareholders, or students. Gary embodies the old expression, “he would give you the shirt off his back.”

I have no doubt that Gary will bring passion, collaborative engagement, expertise, and insight to any business that is fortunate enough to have him at the table. He has my most enthusiastic endorsement.