One word that encapsulates Gary Zelesky: PASSION. Gary’s exciting, enthusiastic energy and explosive humor are definitely memorable, but it is his PASSION for life and the audience and his ability to connect with them in a way few do that makes Gary such a demanded speaker.
Gary started speaking back in the 1970’s to a group of young people whom Gary was challenging to take their life to the next level. Gary’s love for people and his desire to see them take their life to next level is what propelled him to speak to those in need of motivation and hope. One thing Gary understood all to well was the need for hope, as a young child Gary was abused by his alcoholic step-father and abandoned by his mother.
Regardless of the difficult surroundings that Gary found himself in, he also found, if you look—if you choose, there are also incredible human beings who do believe in you. Before long Gary found he was requested to speak at numerous locations around the country and around the world.
In 1986 Gary’s company Youth Invasion trained, tooled and transported thousands of young people to reach the under privileged in sections of our world. Gary was also honored to be a part of the faculty of North Central College in Minneapolis, MN to develop the youth major. Under Gary’s guidance North Central's enrollment grew to its largest size ever.
By 1990 Gary’s speaking schedule around the world required that he devote himself fully to speaking full time.
Since 1990 Gary has traveled around the globe to thousand of organizations from Boeing Jets, Hilton Hotels, MasterCard International to California Dental Association bringing the message of PASSION FOR LIFE will take you where you want to go IN LIFE.
Gary has been presenting to audiences around the world for over 25 years. From tears of laughter to tears of reflection, Gary has a way of grabbing his audience that few posses. Maybe it is his explosive energy, perhaps it is dramatic sense of humor, or maybe it is the passion in which he challenges you to think, but most likely it is all three combined that makes Gary stand out amongst other speakers.
Gary is passionate about being married to his best friend Cherisse, where they live in Northern California. Gary is the proud dad of Mark, Leigh Ann and Nicole. “It does not get any better!”