An international business recruiter recognized for leadership and management of global science and technology parks, Gary worked for more than 16 years for Research Triangle Foundation, owner and developer of the internationally recognized Research Triangle Park. Shope nurtured an international network of corporate and professional alliances that helped advance the global reputation of RTP, one of the world’s first and most successful science and technology parks.
Prior to Research Triangle Park, Gary began his career with the NC Department of Commerce and finished as Director of the Far East Group.
In 2009, due to Gary’s extensive background in economic development he was recruited to King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as a consultant to assist in the development of Riyadh Techno Park, a research park in The Kingdom.
Gary’s international experience brings another element of expertise to From the Ground Up! He works in tandem with his wife, Kim, at From the Ground Up! by reaching out to his international and corporate connections for partnership opportunities.
Currently serving as Chief of Staff to the CEO of Patheon Pharmaceuticals, Gary’s vast experience allows him to bring his economic development expertise to the benefit of employees of Patheon across the State of NC and all over the world. His current lobbying efforts with members of the NC and U.S. House and Senate as well as his economic development incentive negotiations globally, add yet another dimension to the From The Ground Up! team.