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Alumni Spotlight November 2016

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Gary McGill '04

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Gary McGill and wife, Lisa wedding photo with best man, Dr. Brian Polkinghorn, Exec. Director, Center for Conflict Resolution Salisbury University

Gary McGill '04

BA - Political Science & Minor in Philosophy
Fulton School

MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY: Political Science

MINOR: Philosophy

CURRENT EMPLOYER: The One-Shot Corporation Limited

CURRENT OCCUPATION: Director of Global Marketing

DESCRIBE YOUR CAREER PATH:
I would like to firstly like Salisbury University for highlighting me in their alumni spotlight this month. The biography picture is from my wedding from earlier this year with my good friend, Dr Brian Polkinghorn from your Conflict Resolution Department, who you can see on the right and he came over to be my Best Man. The wedding took place at the prestigious Grand Hotel in Eastbourne, West Sussex, England with guests coming in from Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania.

My biography is a little unusual because I was already a qualified engineer before I starting Salisbury University and I had originated a number of lucrative multimillion dollar generating patents. I loved my time spent at the university and I graduated in 2004 with a perfect 4.0 GPA. I later progressed to Wilmington University to take my MBA, I became a Fellow in the Chartered Management Institute after relocating back to my native England and I then took an MA in Security and Terrorism (although Salisbury University was my most enjoyable experience).

I have also had a dose of wanderlust and it was not long before I then spent nearly two years living and working in Asia. I spent a bit of time hanging out at an Indian Ashram (I also hooked up with Salisbury University students in Mumbai, India when they were visiting on the Gandhi Legacy Tour) and I still travel around the globe extensively on business. I am also often working alongside strategic business partners and I assist numerous multinational corporations with marketing campaigns.

My most inspirational teacher was Dr Michael O’Loughlin, my good friend, who was a good mentor as well as a friend. I absolutely loved his ideology classes and through his excellent teaching skills my political views changed (I was inspired by the great political readers). I wish that I could say that I had classes with my friend, Dr Brian Polkinghorn, but we met socially at the university and we got along so well that he honoured me by visiting England this year to be my Best Man at my wedding.

These days I work in a business that my family founded in the foodservice equipment industry and I am about to become a father for the first time. I reside in England (I hold dual British/Irish nationality) and I maintain links to Salisbury University through friendships made with staff and fellow classmates. I am planning a trip back to Maryland in the near future and I must say that my time spent at Salisbury University was among some of the best years of my life.

MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU LEARNED WHILE ATTENDING SALISBURY UNIVERSITY:
I learned that I was capable of rising to the challenges that the coursework presented and I upped my game. I took away with me a critical thinking skill set with knowledge that has benefited me bother personally and professionally, along with lifelong friends, particularly with several of the university staff members.

WHAT CAMPUS ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS WERE YOU INVOLVED WITH?
During my time at Salisbury University I was indicted into five academic honours societies: Pi Gamma Mu (Honours Society for Social Sciences), Alpha Sigma Lambda (Honours Society for Adult Learners in Continuing Higher Education), Pi Sigma Tau (Honours Society for Philosophy), Phi Sigma Alpha (Honours Society for Political Science) and Phi Kappa Phi (Honours Society for Academic Achievement).

BEST COLLEGE MEMORY:
I would have to say the comradery at the university because I had a feeling of family at the university. I found the students and staff extremely friendly, I found the environment perfect and I made good memories (I have been to two other universities since graduating, but I must say that I had the most enjoyable experience at Salisbury University).

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SALISBURY UNIVERSITY?
At the time I lived in nearby Ocean Pines and travelling to Salisbury University an obvious choice because of the excellent reputation of the university. I was also finishing up at Wor-Wic Community College, where I graduated with High Honours and a perfect 4.0 GPA, so it seemed like an obvious choice with some of my classmates going over as well.

IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE SALISBURY UNIVERSITY IN THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
Family (it felt like a second family with everyone pulling together), challenging (it brought out the best in me) and excellence (it made me a better more rounded person).

FAVORITE VACATION SPOT AND WHY?
Ithaca in Greece because it was where we went for our honeymoon this August (very quiet and romantic).

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:
My greatest accomplishment was marrying my wife, Lisa, earlier this month and finding my soul mate outweighs anything else. We married in August 2016 at the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne (East Sussex) this August with friends from all around the world attending - I was deeply honoured to have had Dr Brian Polkinghorn attending as my Best Man (see picture).

WHAT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
My wife, Lisa, is a special needs teacher teaching children with profound to moderate educational needs.

HOBBIES/OTHER INTERESTS:
I have various hobbies like photography and videography, genealogy, travelling and maintaining close friendships. I would regard myself as a tad nerdy and it is actually more interesting than what it sounds. Photography and videography is a fun chilled out hobby, although it is a tad expensive at times, but it has lead to business based applications. Through that interest I developed a skill set for creating video commercials and that has opened all kinds of doors. My genealogy hobby takes up a fair deal of my time and through one family bloodline I have gone as far back as the 1400s (on my database I have itemized at least 1,300 names of extended family). I have unexpected links like a great-great grandfather that was American born, a great-great uncle that died in the Punjab with the British army and extended family living overseas. I love travelling and that is one of the reasons why I love marketing globally (it has been amazing living in a place like North America and then in a different phase of my life living in India). For my honeymoon we went to Ithaca in Greece, which is the mythological home of Odysseus, which was pretty cool. I also have friends quite literally dotted around the world and one friend said that I am the most stay in touch person that they know. All my friends are rather interesting people and the fact that they are quite literally dotted around the globe makes things rather interesting. As you can see, hobbies like photography and videography, genealogy, travelling and maintaining close friendships keep me rather busy. I find that these things are fun and I would hate to be regarded as "ordinary" because there is so much fun it just breaking the mold.

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