Gary trained as a surveyor at Otago University in the 1970s. After 5 years’ work in the marine resource industry in SE Asia he could see the future in satellite-based positioning so completed a Masters in Science at UNSW in 1988 on GPS systems and orbits.
He then spent 33 years as a Senior Product Manager at Trimble NZ developing precise GNSS systems coupled with their marine construction software. This took him around the world, including the head office in Silicon Valley where he worked with electronic and mechanical engineers on developing precise GNSS receivers. He was based in Christchurch also managing a team of software developers. Gary grew the marine construction solutions to a US$30m/year business. Two years ago Gary retired from Trimble and has worked part time with WTE Ltd developing sales channels.