Gary McAvoy is a writer, technology executive, and founder of Vintage Memorabilia, a dealer of historical autograph letters, documents, manuscripts, and rare books. With renowned conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, he co-authored “Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating,” (Warner/Hachette, 2005), acclaimed as “persuasive ... jargon-free and anecdote-rich” by Publishers Weekly. He is now working on a narrative nonfiction book that reveals newly discovered evidence supporting a fresh and astonishing theory about the 1959 Clutter murder case made famous by Truman Capote in his masterwork In Cold Blood.
In 2000 Gary conceived a pioneering guide to the methods, strategies, and tactics for starting, building and maintaining successful technology companies, down to the most finite details such as personnel interview techniques and financial reporting methods. The result—Cracking the New Economy: Business Tools for the Entrepreneur (WSA, 2000)—featured the contributions of over 70 subject matter experts throughout the tech industry, and was published by the Washington Software Alliance, one of the country's foremost technology trade associations.
Gary is founder and chief executive sherpa of GetToTheTop, a Seattle-based technology firm specializing in Web search engine positioning, site optimization, marketing strategies and analytics. A veteran of the computer hardware and software industry, he is former Vice Chairman of the Washington Software Alliance.
Gary holds memberships in The Manuscript Society, the Authors Guild, PEN America, and the Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders Legacy Society.
Awards and Recognition
- Gary` was named a semifinalist for the 1995 Pacific Northwest Inc. Magazine/Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, and in 1998 received the Governor's Award for distinctive leadership in Washington State's software industry.