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August 12, 2014

Where Talent Matters | A Bold Faced Blog Series...Meet Gary Carter

Posted 4 years 192 days ago by Gretchen Hirsch

It goes without saying that Ashton212 Associates are great at what they do. But terrific consultants are so much more than their work, and we love to find out what other talents and passions motivate them when they’re away from the office. Today we’re talking with Gary Carter, whose skills are wide-ranging and whose interests are equally far-flung.


Leadership and team building. Brand development. Marketing communications.  Operations. Project management. Gary Carter has done it all, and now he’s on his first engagement for Ashton212, working on a rebranding and marketing project. Here’s what he has to say about a wide range of topics:


You’ve had such vast experience in so many areas. What do you find you like best?

I really enjoy helping people grow and growing companies. What’s most rewarding is creating an environment where people want to come to work.


Your biggest work challenge?
Staying organized. I need someone to follow me around and pick up all the little pieces of paper I leave behind.


What makes you good at what you do?

I try to enjoy whatever I’m doing. I’m thorough, engaged, and I value input. In my book, there’s nothing wrong with a question.


You live in California.  Are you a native Californian or a transplant from somewhere else?

I’m a native Californian.  In fact, we’re one of the state’s founding families—and the family recently donated 3,800 acres to the Nature Conservancy and another 1,000 acres to a state park.


Have you stayed put or are you a traveler?

Traveler. I’ve worked in Japan, France, Holland, Ireland, and in the American Midwest, Northwest, and Southwest. I’ve always wanted to work in the Northeast, too, but that hasn’t happened.


With all that travel, do you have a favorite place?

I love Portugal. I would live there in a heartbeat. It’s a very relaxed place, with friendly people, great food, and terrific wines. It’s not so intense as Spain. Not a lot of horns honking and people rushing around to get places.


When you’re not at work, what do you like to do? Any hobbies?

I fight the approach of middle age with being active. I run and swim, lift weights, and ride horses. And I cook.


What type of cuisine?

I’d call it gourmet-rustic.  I was raised cooking and won a baking contest when I was in the second grade. It was a cake that looked like a castle. I have an outdoor kitchen and enjoy that.


Describe your favorite meal to prepare and who would it be for?

I enjoy making dinners with multiple courses. I like to linger over good conversation, have a spirited dialogue, and learn.  I love to discuss topics and understand different views.  I usually have a mixed group.  For this fantasy dinner, I would like to up the game from my usual to include Sir Richard Branson.  I like his curiosity.  I would also like to have Senator Ted Cruz to see if he is curious or fixed in his ideas.  I would love to see what kind of solutions [for the country] he has to move forward with. 


Are you involved in social media?

My only social media outlet is LinkedIn. As someone who’s occasionally had to have security clearances, I think people often put out too much personal information.


If you have one thing to tell people or one piece of advice, what would it be?

Life is an adventure. Enjoy it.

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