Gary M. Kunath is the Founder and former CEO of the Summit Group. He grew it to a multi-million dollar global enterprise which was named one of the top sales training companies in the world in the field of value creation by Selling Power magazine. Recognized as a thought leader in the area of creating business value, his value creation approach received the “Innovative Practice of the Year Award” by 3M worldwide. He was named Businessman of the Year for the United States and was formally recognized for this achievement at a dinner hosted by the President of the United States.
He has lectured in the Executive Education and MBA Programs of Duke University's Fuqua School, Miami University’s Farmer Business School, Emory University, Cornell University, Arizona State University and he is currently an adjunct professor at The Citadel in their Sports Marketing MBA program. He was a faculty member in the executive leadership programs of MARRIOTT, Lockheed, P&G, AT&T, and 3M.
He is an equity partner in Bite Tech; exclusive makers of the Under Armours’ high performance mouth wear. Bite Tech, was named by Fast Company magazine as one of the top ten most innovative companies in sports in the last 100 years, just behind ESPN and Turner Sports.
He is part owner of professional minor league baseball teams along with his partners Bill Murray and Mike Veeck. They are famous for managing their teams around the “Fun is Good” approach. Ranked as one of the top ten best service companies in North America, they are famous for their innovation and creating the customer experience.
He is author of the book “Life…Don’t Miss It” which shares with people how to maximize happiness, joy and contentment in life. He speaks and delivers seminars on “Mastering Life Balance..Achieving Greatness at Home and at Work”. His approach changes lives. It has been installed at businesses in support initiatives such as employee/family well-being, health & wellness and associate engagement. He was featured in major media outlets to a circulation of over 75 million people worldwide.